General – Pieter Arnoldus (Piet) Cronje.

General Pieter Arnoldus (Piet)Cronje.
Born in Colesberg in 1836, he was present at the Battle of Boomplaats in 1848 at the age of 12. He distinguished himself by  his fighting abilities and was Commandant of Potchefstroom in the First Anglo Boer War. He served on the Executive  Council of the Transvaal Volksraad. He was the Commandant of the Boer Army to whom the Jameson Raiders surrendered  at Doornkop in 1896. When the Boer War broke out, he was in command of the Western Transvaal, and took park in the  siege of Mafeking and then the siege at Kimberley. He participated in the Battles of Modder River (28 November 1899),  Magersfontein and Paardeberg. Creswicke says of him “in spite of his tricks and tyrannies, he has shown himself a  first-class fighter, and a remarkable leader of men. He profoundly detests the British, but the British, while returning the  compliment, have a generous appreciation of his abilities.” At Paardeberg he was forced to surrender to Lord Roberts  with over 4,000 men on 27 February 1900. He was sent to St Helena as a prisoner of war. He died in 1911.