- He was born on 13 October 1865 at Burgersdorp in the Cape Colony.
In 1887 he came to the Transvaal and start to work as a lawyer in Johannesburg.
He was at most of the battles in Natal and served under Generals Gravett and Groot Fred Grobler and later joined General Celliers and the Zeerust commando.
At the beginning of 1901 he with 18 Freestaters invade the Cape colony up to Burgersdorp and then joined General Kritzinger.
He was now promoted to Commandant and in August in the Steynsburg district taken prisoner and in October sent to India.
During the war he was wounded twice