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Daniel Johannes Stephanus (Danie) Theron (1872 - 1900) became a prominent figure during the 1899-1902 South African War. Theron was instrumental in setting up a military bicycle corps used by the Boer military for scouting and relaying messages. He was made a Captain in the Boer army and fought at Paardeberg. He earned a legendary reputation as a guerilla fighter but was eventually killed in action in September 1900. Several monuments have been erected to Danie Theron; the first of which was unveiled in 1907 near Potchefstroom. Schreiner stayed with Theron’s sister Mrs Kriel at her Beaufort West boarding house on two occasions, in 1900 and in 1903. In 1903 Schreiner was involved in collecting money for the Danie Theron monument then being planned for Pretoria.
For further information see:
S.B. Spies (1972) ‘Theron, Daniel Johannes Stephanus’ in (eds) W.J. de Kock & D.W. Kruger Dictionary of South African Biography Vol II Pretoria: National Council for Social Research, pp. 737 - 739
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