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Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) Boereverkenners-Boer Scouts

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  • Daniel Johannes Stephanus Theron (1872 - 1900)
    Daniël Johannes Stephanus Theron, (9 May 1872 - 5 September 1900) , often called Danie Theron, was born in Tulbagh, Cape Colony, and raised in Bethlehem, Orange Free State. Originally trained as a sc...
  • Kommandant Gideon Jacobus Scheepers, b2c1d3e1f2g2h1i2 (1878 - 1902)
    Onaktief op 2020-06-14 DEATH NOTICE GRAAFF-REINET district, Karoo Nature Reserve, Gideon Scheepers memorial Kommandant Gideon Jacobus Scheepers (1878 - 1902), Boere militêre leier tydens die Tw...
  • Capt Frederick Joubert Duquesne (1877 - 1956)
    DEPOT TAB TYPE Aanwins REFERENCE A1782 DESCRIPTION Frits Joubert Duquesne STARTING 1944
  • prof.dr. Hendrik VerLoren van Themaat, SV/PROG (1874 - 1966)
    1904-1910 : Burgemeester BAFLO - Groningen 1910-x : Burgemeester VELSEN - Noord-Holland Studied in the Netherlands in law Helped the Boer forces in the Anglo-Boer war and wrote a book "Twee jar...
  • Wynand Charl Malan, Generaal (1872 - 1953)
    Kaapse Rebel. Kommandant in die Theron Verkenningskorps (TVK) en later Veggeneraal vir die Middellandse kommandos Bronne : Malan Familiebond The Anglo-Boer War Group on Facebook

A list of all the known Boer Scouts and a collection of their daring exploits...

Scout activities were of necessity undertaken by most Boer Commandos, but the specific grouping led by Danie Theron was a formal institution and became the most well-known. Danie Theron was requested by both the ZAR and Free State governments to form such a grouping on Sunday, 7 March 1900, following his earlier 'Wielrijders rapportgangerscorps' and in the wake of his personal efforts to courier a message from Gen De Wet to and from the beleaguered Gen Piet Cronjé at Paardeberg in February 1900. Danie Theron's scouts would be formally set up as Theron Verkennerskorps (TVK) and were made up of selected volunteers from many nationalities. The TVK was estimated to consist of between 100 and 200 men.

  • Hindon and Slegtkamp (of Spioenkop fame) were two of the members, as well as Gideon Scheepers and the later famous General Wynand Malan from the Cape. Manie Maritz and Jopie Fourie would later be closely involved with the 1914 Rebellion.

The TVK was instrumental in assisting Gen De Wet to stay one step ahead of his pursuers during the guerrilla phase of the war. Many famous officers during later stages of the war (and after the war) were groomed as part of the TVK.

When Danie Theron lost his life in September 1900, the corps in practice split into several groupings who each made an impact in a different geographic area - Gideon Scheepers and Wynand Malan in the Cape; Jack Hindon in the Transvaal.


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  • Book: 'Kordaatstukke van Boereverkenners tydens die Tweede Vryheidsoorlog' by Gen Wynand Malan
  • Extracts from chapter IV (In Theron se Verkenners Korps) from 'My Lewe en Strewe' by Manie Maritz:
    • Danie Theron se korps was ongeveer 200 man sterk. Die korps het altyd gesê: "Ons is Komdt Dikeet se mense" as ons gevra word wie ons is. Kapt Theron se lyfspreuk was "Nee seuns, ons eet nie vark nie" as hy 'n onsinnige bevel ontvang. Die korps het uit manne van alle nasionaliteite bestaan.
    • Danie Theron was die liefling van sy manne. Hy was seker een van die bekwaamste offisiere, dapper en eerlik.
    • Sy leiding en bekwaamheid blyk ook daaruit dat al sy burgers later van die beste offisiere geword het. Sy naam sal voortleef in die harte van sy manne en by die Afrikanervolk, as die van 'n held.
    • Ons kommandotjie was sonder leier. Daar was maar net een Danie Theron, en die kommando het toe ook somaar opgebreek. 'n Paar burgers het egter besluit om die TV (Tranvaalse Verkenners) Korps te laat voortbestaan.
    • Party van ons wou genl. Flip Botha kies as leier, maar die meerderheid het luit. Jan Theron gekies, 'n baie goeie man, maar hy het as leier en vegter nie naby sy neef gekom nie.

Danie Theron

Jack Hindon

Henri Slegtkamp

Manie Maritz

Gert van Rensburg

  • This website provides background and information on various activities.

Hennie van Rensburg

Fritz Joubert Duquesne