Gert Veltman served with the Ficksburg Commando from 9 October 1899 and saw action, inter alia, at Rensburg Siding, Colesberg, Abrahamskraal (Driefontein), Sannas Post, Mosterds Hoek and Jammersberg Drift (Wepener). He was taken prisoner with the surrender of Gen Prinsloo on 30 July 1900 and sent to Ceylon as PoW No 8581.
He applied for the ABO medal in October 1941, stating his rank on Vorm “B” as Kanonier (Gunner), but the medal was issued with rank as Burger.
When acknowledging receipt of the ABO in December 1942 he complained about the naming and was told to send the medal back to have the rank altered. This, it would seem, he never did.