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Thring, Alfred Lester. Veldkornet 2 years 10 months ago #48353

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Hello all
Having many family members who hail from the Kroonstad area since prior to the British invasion of the Free State I can relate the following; According to Mrs Dot Serfontein's book AL Thring owned a general dealer's store Thring & Co. in Reitz street, Kroonstad. The store was sold to my Gr. grandfather who changed the name to "C Thorne & sons" in either 1895 or 96;
unfortuanately the business failed as result of the war and not being able to secure stock from suppliers. I have a letterhead of the business.
On my mother's side of the family D R Whitfield, one of the brothers, and the eldest Thorne brother, Vic enlisted in Kimberley joining the British Colonials, while of the 5 Cawood brothers some joined Kroonstad Kommando while others joined Brabant's Hse.
Family legend has it that..... VK Thring had a time of it, recruiting members for the Kroonstad Kommando and despite a Free State Republican obligation to join up VK Thring was constantly under pressure from certain burgers to be relieved of their military obligation by giving letters of reprieve. I was also led to understand that VK Thring became Colonel Thring??
What has happened to the medals??
I'd welcome any further information from Forum members especially Henk Loots. regards Evyn

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Thring, Alfred Lester. Veldkornet 2 years 9 months ago #48942

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Hi Elmarie
Tkx so much and what a pleasure it is for me to read your Character reports on the BW Forum. :)
Col Thring of Kroonstad was in the Kroonstad Rifle Club bisley team together with my Gr grandfather Alfred Leo Whitfield prior to the Boer war.
There is a family photo with the two Alfreds in a bisley team photo circa 1897. Alfred W. was killed in an ambush outside Kroonstad in Feb 1901.
Col Thring’s medals are in a collection in Jhb.
I look forward to hearing from you again soon. :)
regards
Evyn

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Thring, Alfred Lester. Veldkornet 2 years 9 months ago #48950

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Thring, Alfred Lester. Veldkornet 2 years 6 months ago #51445

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Thank you for Nico Moolman from FBABO

Three Rock tough Kroonstad Boer Commander/Warriors..
Commdt De Vos, Head Commdt De Wet and Veldkornet Thring

Boer Leiers Hoë Gehalte kiekie
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