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field cornet

n
(Military) South African a commander of burgher troops called up in time of war or in an emergency, esp during the 19th century. Often shortened to: cornet
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Something of a farce after Field Cornet, in spite of being weak in the market from 1-8 to 1-6, readily disposes of sole rival Parcropolis at Lingfield for Gordon Smyth and Bill Williamson.
Born near Greytown, Natal (September 27, 1862); he received little formal education but took part in the formation of the New Republic around Vryheid (1884) and settled there; field cornet of Vryheid (1894) and elected to the Volksraad (parliament) of Transvaal (1898); a political moderate, he abstained from the vote for war with Britain (October 1899); swiftly demonstrated his abilities as a commander and rose to second in command to Gen.