DTD (Veldkornet J.A. Schlebusch);
With a length of Wound Riband (LvW)
Jacobus Adrian Schlebusch was born in Aliwal North in 1857 and settled in the Vryburg District in the late 1880’s. According to Vorms “A”, “B” & “C” he joined the “British Bechuanaland Commando” as a Cape Rebel in November 1899. He was present during the Siege of Kuruman in December 1899 and at the Koedoesrand actions in February 1900. He was one of only 2 Boer wounded on 4 May, the first day of the action at Kalmberg (Boer terminology)/Rooidam (British terminology) where he received a bullet wound through the calf: left leg noted in ZAR Casualty returns and right leg according to his Vorm “C”! A short biographical sketch published in 1944 claims that he was selected as part of President Kruger’s Bodyguard on the train journey to Lourenco Marques and that the President asked him to travel with him in exile to Europe. He declined this request and served until the end of the war.