Daniel Theron, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Daniel Theron

Boer captain

Date of Birth: 09-May-1872

Place of Birth: Tulbagh, Western Cape, South Africa

Date of Death: 05-Sep-1900

Profession: military personnel

Nationality: South Africa

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Daniel Theron

  • Daniël Johannes Stephanus "Danie" Theron, (9 May 1872 - 5 September 1900) was a Boer Army military leader.
  • Born in Tulbagh, Cape Colony, he was raised in Bethlehem, Orange Free State.
  • He is best known as the driving force behind the formation of a military bicycle corps used by the Boer Army for scouting and relaying messages.
  • Originally trained as a school teacher, he became a lawyer and notary with his own law firm in Krugersdorp, Transvaal Republic, and was made a Captain in the Boer Army when the Second Boer War began.
  • During the war, he was put in charge of a significant scouting unit, the Theron se Verkenningskorps (TVK) (Theron Reconnaissance Corps).
  • He fought at the Battle of Spion Kop and one of his most famous feats occurred at the Battle of Paardeberg.
  • The British Commander in Chief, Lord Roberts, called Theron: "the hardest thorn in the flesh of the British advance", put a reward of £1,000 on his head – dead or alive – and dispatched 4,000 soldiers to find and eliminate the TVK.

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