The Thring Brothers, Alfred Lester & Frederick Lester.
The Thring brothers were the sons of Alfred Lester Thring and the Thrings were a famous Natal family. They fought on opposite sides at the battle of Rietfontein
Lieut FL Thring in command of No 3 Squadron, Border Mounted Rifles, who was besieged in Ladysmith. 1864 - 1909 died at the young age of 45, probably from the rigours of the Ladysmith siege.
Veld Kornet Alfred Lester Thring had settled in Kroonstad in the OVS and chose to serve with the Kroonstad Commando who were involved in the siege of Ladysmith, Alfred Thring's place of birth.
The Kroonstad Commando also fought at Magersfontein
In WWI, Alfred Thring went on to serve in the Vrijstaatse Schutters (1st Regiment) Union Defence Force Rank: Lieutenant Colonel Kroonstadt Commando and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
"The only vestige of real military discipline that was to be found in the entire Boer army was that which was maintained by Field-Cornet A.L.
Thring, of the Kroonstad commando, who had a roll-call and inspection of rifles every morning. This extraordinary procedure was not relished by the burghers, who made an indignant protest to General Christian De Wet. The general upheld the field-cornet’s action, and told the men that if all the officers had instituted similar methods more success might have attended the army’s operations. "
(WITH THE BOER FORCES BY HOWARD C. HILLEGAS)
In the photo of the BMR beseiged in Ladysmith, Lt Frederick Lester Thring is seated, 1st left
Phot with De Wet, VK Alfred Thring is seated far right
Photo with De Wet's with his staff at Potchestroom in Sept 1900.
2nd from Left, CDWs interpreter Archie Coulson
3rd from left Veldkornet Alfred Lester Thring
4th from Left Charlie Meintjies, his secretary.
5th from Left, the man himself
I don't know the first and last members...
Last photo is VK Thring with his Kroonstad Commando