Kommandant – W.F. Pretorius

Willem Francois Pretorius was born on 22 May 1852 and when the war broke out he was veldcornet of the ward Hogeveld in the Heiddelberg district. This commando was in Natal at the beginning of the war and Pretorius was later here promoted to Commandant.

After Preroria was taken and the battle of Dalmanutha, Pretorius and his commando from Heielberg operated at the Delagoa railway line  and in the area of Renosterkop.

He was wounded at the battle of Bakenlaagte but was out of action for a short time and was in command of his commando till the end of the war.