I sent on Commandant J.H. Olivier, who had joined me at Paardenkraal, to Honingspruit Station, General Froneman to America Siding, while I myself made my way to Serfontein Siding. At daybreak General Froneman wrecked the line near America Siding, and I did the same at other places, also destroying the telegraph poles.
Frans Van Aard as their Commandant. That night we set out for Paardenkraal, twenty miles to the north-east of Kroonstad, staying there until the evening of the 19th. The time for my attack on the railway line having now come, I divided my men into three parties for that purpose.
When I came up to him there was a strong English reinforcement from Kroonstad close at hand. We had too few men with us to be able to offer resistance, and had to retreat, returning to Paardenkraal at nightfall.
They marched, however, somewhat more to the right in the direction of Roodewal; whereas I went towards Honingspruit, and halted for the night at the farm of Paardenkraal. On the following morning, the 20th of July, I let the commando go on, whilst I stayed behind to reconnoitre from a neighbouring kop. The President, and also some members of the Government, remained with me.