General – J. van Zyl

Jacobus Albertus van Zyl was born in 1864 and studied at Stellenbosch as a Minister, became a teacher at Kuruman and later start farming in the District of Christiana.

He joined the commando of General Da la Rey and fought at Kimberley and Schweizer-Renecke were he kept a big women lager from falling in British hands.

In July 1900 he escaped with General De Wet at Slabbertsnek and on 7 March 1901 he charged Lord Methuen at Tweebos near Hartsriver. He was the one that wounded Methuen.

When General De la Rey re-organised the boer forces he was promotrd to General and placed in charge of the Griekwalander commandos

After the wat he visited Europa and write a book about his experiences

 

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