Cornelis Willem Cloete served in the Boer War as a Lieutenant in General Wynand Malan’s Commando. According to a published obituary (date of death 2 September 1944) he also served in Danie Theron’s Scouts and campaigned with both General De Wet and General Hertzog. At the end of the war he is stated to have served on President Steyn’s staff.
He commanded Enslin’s Horse during the German South West African Campaign during WWI receiving the award of the DSO for his services, the recommendation, following being twice being Mentioned in Despatches by General Botha, for the award of the DSO being recorded as follows:-
“An officer of exceptional capability whose outstanding gift of leadership was always most marked. Recommended for special recognition.”
DSO; London Gazette 22 August 1918.