General – Christoffel Cornelius Froneman.

General Christoffel Cornelius Froneman.
Christoffel Cornelius Froneman, commonly known as Stoffel Froneman was Veldkornet, General and Vice-Commander-in-Chief of the Orange Free State Boer forces during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902.
He was born on 26 March 1846 in Leliehoek near Winburg . He took part in both the Basutho War between the Orange Free State and the Basuthos from King Mosjwesjwe and the Anglo-Boer War and he distinguished himself to such an extend that his promotions followed each other in quick succession. At the outbreak of the war he was Commandant of the Ladybrand Commando.In early February 1900, together with Generaal de Wet, he took part in the Battle of Koedoesberg, west of the Boer positions at Magersfontein. When later that month General Piet Cronje surrendered at Paardeberg, Froneman, with the help of General De Wet, managed to escape and was promoted to General. Near Sannapos and the Battle near Brandwaterkom he really excelled. Near Pompje he raided a train and all over the region he caused havoc for the British and inflicted great damage. By 1901 he was the Vice-Commander-In-Chief for the entire Eastern Orange Free State. Froneman fought until the end of the Anglo-Boer War and took part in the Peace Treaty negotiations in Vereeniging, where he voted for peace.On June 11 General Froneman and about 800 Boer commandos surrendered near Winburg to General Elliott. Nearly every one handed in a rifle with bandoliers, but, like other commandos which had come in, they spent nearly all their ammunition in game-shooting since peace was declared. The Boer Generals and the Commandants and Field Cornets were allowed to retain their private rifles.
He died on 12 March 1913, aged 66, in Cypress distict Marquard.
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