Christoffel Petrus Stephanus Badenhorst was born on 29 September 1870 on the farm that is Wolmaranstad today.
In 1899 he went with the Pretoria commando to Natal and after the battle of Nicholsonsnek he was promoted to corporal.
During the battles at Colenso, Spioenkop and Helpmekaar he was an acting fieldcornet and became an assistant fieldcornet later. When commandand Coetzee died at Silkaatsnek, Badenhorst was appointed in his place.
He was mostly with the battles in the Transvaal as well as the battles of Nooitgedacht, Hekpoort, Benoni, Boksburg and Vlakfontein as well as a few skirmishes.
He was taken prisioner of war on 13 December 1901 and sent to St Helena.