DTD (Asst. V. Kornet P. L. Potgieter);
ABO (Asst. V. Kornet P. L. Potgieter)
Paul Lodewyk Potgieter was born in 1875 in the Alexandria district, Eastern Cape. He joined the Boksburg Commando at the outbreak of the war and served up to the end when he laid down arms at Middelburg, Transvaal. According to his daughter-in-law he was a Cape Rebel, implying that he never took out ZAR citizenship. He saw extensive service, including actions at Dundee, Ladysmith, Spioenkop, Helvetia (Capture of the 4.7-inch naval artillery piece nicknamed the Lady Roberts, 29 Dec 1900) and Hammanskraal (Train ambush where Col Vandeleur, Irish Guards was killed, 31 Aug 1901).
On his Vorm “A” (DTD recommendation) he specifically mentioned that he brought out the body of Commandant Groenewald in the above Mapogstat incident. This is in addition to his claim of rescuing wounded Burghers with the help of three other Boers at Helvetia.