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Thring, Alfred Lester. Veldkornet 4 years 4 months ago #37670

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Served: Kroonstad. Awarded the DTD (Dekoratie voor Trouwe Dienst) and received the Wound Ribbon (Lint voor Verwonding).
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Thring, Alfred Lester. Veldkornet 3 years 2 weeks ago #48241

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Veldcornet Thring's Commando near Ladysmith, Natal, South Africa, 1900 (IWM)
Colonel Thring of Kroonstad, an Irishman who fought on the Boers' side. He married a Mary Ann Baker in Jun 1856, Durban, Natal, South Africa.

The only vestige of real military discipline that was to be found in the entire Boer army was that which was maintained by Field-Cornet A.L. Thring, of the Kroonstad commando, who had a roll-call and inspection of rifles every morning. This extraordinary procedure was not relished by the burghers, who made an indignant protest to General Christian De Wet. The general upheld the field-cornet’s action, and told the men that if all the officers had instituted similar methods more success might have attended the army’s operations. (WITH
THE BOER FORCES BY HOWARD C. HILLEGAS)
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Thring, Alfred Lester. Veldkornet 3 years 2 weeks ago #48251

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Thank you for a very interesting post. Anyone with an interest in the history of Natal and Zululand will have come across the Thring name, but this is one aspect of the family that is new to me. In fact, not just new, but completely unexpected.
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