Charle Durieux, a French national, joined the German Commando under Commandant Schiel. He was one of the 150 who fought at Elandslaagte where Schiel was wounded and captured and the Commando routed and completely fragmented. Durieux then moved to Colesberg, serving under Gen Lemmer. However, as there were no remounts available, he returned to Johannesburg. After the British occupation he was taken PoW and deported to France. He returned to SA in 1902.
His medal application (Jan 1923) was referred to the Central Advisory Board for a decision: surprisingly, it was approved, even though he was not in the field or in a PoW camp at the end of the war.