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Boer War Queries

gortonboy

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Hi there,
I'm trying to find my great grandfather military history prior to 1914 where he was a CSM with the Cheshire Regt.
I also know that he was in Cork, Ireland between 1909 and 1913 as my grandmother was born in Ireland in 1913 but her next eldest sibling was born in 1909 in Warrington.
His name is Frederick Sweeney and sadly he was killed on the Somme in 1916........I've been trying to find this information out for my father for nearly 10 years now and would appreciate any help I can get.
Thanks
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i believe he was in the south lancashire regiment prior to serving in the cheshire regiment,,,he was a sergeant gymnast instructor...i can give other details if you confirm that the man in the 1911 irish census is yours. :)
 
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Hello again,

I have 3 people of interest who were Boer Prisoners of War in Bermuda. One person, I was able to get an image of his entry in the British Record Book entitled: Prisoners of War at Cape Town and Natal. This was kindly done for me by a David Biggins. Unfortunately I have not been able to reach David again as I would like to get a copy of the other two mens entries as well.

Do you have any suggestions? The other two men, for your information are:

Philippus Johannes Steyn Prisoner Number: 11417
and
Julius SIEMSSEN Prisoner Number: 20360

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

Peter
 

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Hello again,

I have 3 people of interest who were Boer Prisoners of War in Bermuda. One person, I was able to get an image of his entry in the British Record Book entitled: Prisoners of War at Cape Town and Natal. This was kindly done for me by a David Biggins. Unfortunately I have not been able to reach David again as I would like to get a copy of the other two mens entries as well.

Do you have any suggestions? The other two men, for your information are:

Philippus Johannes Steyn Prisoner Number: 11417
and
Julius SIEMSSEN Prisoner Number: 20360

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

Peter


Hi Peter,

Dont know if you have seen this site or not, or even if it is of any use but could be worth a look.

http://www.angloboerwar.com/

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My great grandfather returned from the siege of Ladysmith where he served with the Natal Mounted Rifles with a cartoon drawn for the "Ladysmith Lyre", one of several publications which appeared during the siege. The illustrator is either G.M.D., or C.M.D. Does anyone know who this may be? Unfortunately, I do not seem to be able to import it to this site.

Kind regards,

Greg Warrick
 
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Hi there,

I am newly researching Alfred Lester Thring. He was born in Ladysmith, his father, Alfred, was a British settler.

Peter
Hello Peter
I am the great,great grandaughter of Field Cornet Alfred Lester Thring.
I am finding it difficult to contact you.I have information and photographs and would love to share information
Please contact me if you get this message.
Kind Regards
Louise
 
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Hi Louise

welcome

to the forum

Peter has already made three posts, so shortly after you have made three yourself, your user name will turn green and then you will be able to make private messages. You will then be able to contact him

regards
dave
 

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Hello Peter
I am the great,great grandaughter of Field Cornet Alfred Lester Thring.
I am finding it difficult to contact you.I have information and photographs and would love to share information
Please contact me if you get this message.
Kind Regards
Louise
Welcome...just to say that this post was made a couple of years ago now.

Petegro has not been on the forum for a while....i am guessing his name is Pete Groenink?....because of the list of the sirnames he is interested in:confused:

Hopefully he will see your message on here if not maybe look at social media for a Pete Groenink in Bath....where he is/was located.

All the best,Lee
 
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Thank you both Dave and Lee

I needed the advice about posting 3 times. I will post some info shortly and with this post I may be able to contact Pete directly .I will also see if I can see him on a social network.
I saw Pete posted a similar request about a year ago on another site but I had to pay 20 dollars if I wanted to answer. :eek:

Thanks for the Welcome
Kind regards
Louise
 
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Col Alfred Lester Thring was born in 1857 in Ladysmith South Africa. He married Annie Bussel in 1885. His daughter Irene is my great grandmother.

Although he was the son of English settlers he fought on the side of the boers under Christiaan de Wet. There is actually a beautiful picture of all of them online right now. If you google image " Christiaan de Wet and his staff " a photo of 8 men comes up. de Wet is 3rd from the right and I'm sure that is AL Thring next to him , 2nd to the right. ( In the puffy trousers ) I have photos of Thring , but as an older man. de Wet mentions AL Thring in his book " Three Years Of War "
During the first word war Thring was involved with the British army and was appointed Lt- Colonel of the 5 th Mounted Brigade ,which became known as "Thrings Light Horse"in Walvis Bay, SW Africa .
 
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Hello Peter
I am the great,great grandaughter of Field Cornet Alfred Lester Thring.
I am finding it difficult to contact you.I have information and photographs and would love to share information
Please contact me if you get this message.
Kind Regards
Louise
Hi Louise,

I am really sorry that I haven't picked up this thread earlier. Thank you, I would love to see what you have to show me. Do you have a family tree documented. Either way, I'm sure we'll have a lot to share as well.
Look forward to you your reply.
Kind Regards,
Peter
 
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Thats Great
Thanks Peter.
I have a basic family tree that I'm still working on and some nice photos ,one of him on horseback in a parade ,that I can scan and send to you. I also have an artical about him written in 1955 but I have a feeling that you may have read this. How do I send you this information?
Kind Regards
Louise
 
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Thats Great
Thanks Peter.
I have a basic family tree that I'm still working on and some nice photos ,one of him on horseback in a parade ,that I can scan and send to you. I also have an artical about him written in 1955 but I have a feeling that you may have read this. How do I send you this information?
Kind Regards
Louise
Hi Louise,

Sounds good, would love to see the photo's.

Our connection is through your great grandmother Irene Thring, who married Norman Rhodes, who is my grand uncle.

1. So far I have Alfred Lester Thring's father as also an Alfred, his mother as Mary Ann Baker.

2. Alfred's father as Samuel J Thring, married twice. His first wife (and Alfred's mother) I don't have her name. Samuel's second wife was Elizabeth Treleaven-Abbot.

3. After that I am not 100% sure. But I do have Samuel's father also as a Samuel and his mother as Sarah Day.
4. And Samuel Thrings father as a James Thring and his mother as a Susanna.

5. Do you have the above in your tree. If you don't let me know and I will give you dates as well. If you do, can you confirm points 2 & 3 for me, are they correct? And do you know the name of Samuel J Thrings first wife?

6. Is your family tree connected to Ancestry.com? I have had a lot of my successes searching this site.

My email address is ******* you can send me a photo there.

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I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Regards,

Peter
 
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Hi Louise,

Sounds good, would love to see the photo's.

Our connection is through your great grandmother Irene Thring, who married Norman Rhodes, who is my grand uncle.

1. So far I have Alfred Lester Thring's father as also an Alfred, his mother as Mary Ann Baker.

2. Alfred's father as Samuel J Thring, married twice. His first wife (and Alfred's mother) I don't have her name. Samuel's second wife was Elizabeth Treleaven-Abbot.

3. After that I am not 100% sure. But I do have Samuel's father also as a Samuel and his mother as Sarah Day.
4. And Samuel Thrings father as a James Thring and his mother as a Susanna.

5. Do you have the above in your tree. If you don't let me know and I will give you dates as well. If you do, can you confirm points 2 & 3 for me, are they correct? And do you know the name of Samuel J Thrings first wife?

6. Is your family tree connected to Ancestry.com? I have had a lot of my successes searching this site.

My email address is ******* you can send me a photo there.

EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED AS PER SITE POLICY
This is for your own security. Contact details can be swapped via the private message system if you with to do so


I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Regards,

Peter
Hi Louise,

I am not sure how to send a private message, but I have asked the webmaster for help.

In the meantime....

Have you seen the picture of a postcard entitled " De Zuid Afrikaansche Deputatie"?. (the South African Boer War Deputies)

It shows 7 men, 3 seated in the front row and 4 standing at the back. Unfortunately there are no names to these men. It is quite possible that Alfred Lester THring is one of them.

I have a copy of it if you haven't seen it.

If Irene Thring was your great grandmother, who was your great grandfather, PIETER THEUNISSEN BLIGNAUT or NORMAN RHODES?

Look forward to hearing from you again.

Regards,

Peter
 
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Hi Louise,

I am not sure how to send a private message, but I have asked the webmaster for help.

In the meantime....

Have you seen the picture of a postcard entitled " De Zuid Afrikaansche Deputatie"?. (the South African Boer War Deputies)

It shows 7 men, 3 seated in the front row and 4 standing at the back. Unfortunately there are no names to these men. It is quite possible that Alfred Lester THring is one of them.

I have a copy of it if you haven't seen it.

If Irene Thring was your great grandmother, who was your great grandfather, PIETER THEUNISSEN BLIGNAUT or NORMAN RHODES?

Look forward to hearing from you again.

Regards,

Peter
In the meantime....I happened to stumble upon your Family Tree on the MyHeritage website. Quite impressive, especially along the Blignaut line. Having seen what information you have, I have compared it to mine and have a few BMD's that I can help you with. So, here goes........

- Irene Thring b 24.10.1885 d 25.04.1972 Boksburg, Gauteng, RSA.

- Irene married Norman Rhodes abt 1919.
Norman b 07.08.1889, King Williams Town, Eastern Cape, RSA.
Norman d 18.06.1967, Boksburg, Gauteng, RSA.

- Alfred Lester Thring died in Kroonstad, OFS, RSA.

- Annie Bussell b June 1861 Taunton, Somerset, England.
d 21.10.1948, Boksburg, Gauteng, RSA.
Father Thomas Bussell b 1808, Taunton, Somerset, England.
Mother Eliza B 1817, Taunton, Somerset, England.

- Alfred Thring - married Baker 05.06.1856
died abt 1894
Baker born abt 1837

Hope this helps.

Kind regards,

Peter
 
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I am having great fun at the moment researching the Boer War and the Battle sites in Natal, South Africa. I can assist with regiments that served in the war and where they served and some of the medals that were issued. Soldiers that died in the war are much easier to trace than those that survived but if you have any queries I will try my best to assit. I know from experience that it is so difficult to get information if you are in another country and do not have access to records. Please dont expect miracles - butr i promise every effort will be given. Regrds Izabel
Hi Izabel,

I posted this earlier to someone else but maybe you could help?

Have you seen the picture of a postcard entitled " De Zuid Afrikaansche Deputatie"? (the South African Boer War Deputies)

It shows 7 men, 3 seated in the front row and 4 standing at the back. Unfortunately there are no names to these men. Do you perhaps know who they are? I was wondering if one of these men was a certain Col. Alfred Lester Thring?

Looking forward to hearing from you.
 
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In the meantime....I happened to stumble upon your Family Tree on the MyHeritage website. Quite impressive, especially along the Blignaut line. Having seen what information you have, I have compared it to mine and have a few BMD's that I can help you with. So, here goes........

- Irene Thring b 24.10.1885 d 25.04.1972 Boksburg, Gauteng, RSA.

- Irene married Norman Rhodes abt 1919.
Norman b 07.08.1889, King Williams Town, Eastern Cape, RSA.
Norman d 18.06.1967, Boksburg, Gauteng, RSA.

- Alfred Lester Thring died in Kroonstad, OFS, RSA.

- Annie Bussell b June 1861 Taunton, Somerset, England.
d 21.10.1948, Boksburg, Gauteng, RSA.
Father Thomas Bussell b 1808, Taunton, Somerset, England.
Mother Eliza B 1817, Taunton, Somerset, England.
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- Alfred Thring - married Baker 05.06.1856
died abt 1894
Baker born abt 1837

Hope this helps.

Kind regards,

Peter
That is fantastic info. Thank you so much Peter. . I managed to get your email address and I will email you this weekend. As you see I was missing a lot of information that you had.
I do not have a copy of that photo and I would love to get it. I have a photo of Irene Thing with her 3 little boys, one of them being my grandfather. I can send you a photo of that if you are interested. The little boys ended up in an orphanage for a few years until Irene married Rhodes.
 
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That is fantastic info. Thank you so much Peter. . I managed to get your email address and I will email you this weekend. As you see I was missing a lot of information that you had.
I do not have a copy of that photo and I would love to get it. I have a photo of Irene Thing with her 3 little boys, one of them being my grandfather. I can send you a photo of that if you are interested. The little boys ended up in an orphanage for a few years until Irene married Rhodes.
I am Lionel Thring and I worked a few year ago on the Thring Adshell with my cousin Alister. I have posted and shared the Thring family tree of Stanger and London on Wikitree, Ancestry.com and Geni. I am interested in exchanging information and photos of Thring family members.
 

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