ABO (Burg P.J. van Niekerk) City Coins August 2014.
Petrus van Niekerk of the Middelburg Commando saw early Boer War service in Natal (Ladysmith, Colenso, etc.). When he applied for his ABO medal in June 1941 he was 80 years old and his memory apparently not all that clear: he stated that he was taken PoW in April 1901 but the PoW Register clearly shows that he was captured at Nooitgedacht on 20 February 1902.
This was a mopping up operation by the Columns of Col. Park and Lt. Cols. Williams and Urmston to try and net Commandant Trichardt’s Middelburg Commando, which was known to be in Bothasberg, some 40 km north of Middelburg. In the ensuing operations two Australian units, 2nd NSW Mtd Rifles and 3rd NSW Imp Bushmen who were part of Williams’ Column, played the major role by taking 120 of the 163 Boers captured.