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1939-1945

 

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Bester,
Jan Bosman

J.B. Bester (Photo courtesy of Mr William Marshall)

Biography courtesy of Mr William Marshall

18.03.1911
Paarl, Cape Province, South Africa
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20.08.1985
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Brig. ?
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Brink,
George Edwin

G.E. Brink
27.09.1889
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30.04.1971

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Lt.Gen.
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Companion of the Order of the Bath CB
1941
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Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE
1942
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Distinguished Service Order DSO
1917
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War of 1939-1945, served Abyssinia, Egypt, and Cyrenaica as GOC, 1st SA Division (CB, CBE); GOC Inland Area, South Africa, 1942-1943; Director­General of Demobilisation, South Africa, 1944-1948.
       

D
de Villiers,
Isaac Pierre

I.P. de Villiers
20.08.1891
-
11.10.1967

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Maj.Gen.
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Companion of the Order of the Bath CB
1942
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Military Cross MC
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Served War of 1939-1945, Middle East (CB); GOC Coastal Area Command
       

F
Furstenburg,
Jan Pieter Albertus

J.P.A. Furstenberg (Photo courtesy of Mr William Marshall)

Biography courtesy of Mr William Marshall

17.11.1910
Vredefort, Orange Free State, South Africa
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12.12.1948
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa
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Brig. ?
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G
Godbold,
John Ralph Mackie

J.R.M. Godbold (Photo courtesy of Mr Frank de Planta)
Son (with two sisters) of Hugh Mackie Godbold (1879-1954), and Hilda Dorothy Manger (1889-).
Married (13.11.1948, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) ...; two daughters, one son.
09.03.1920
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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02.08.1995
Gillitts, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Lt. ? [1100751V]
Military Cross MC 24.08.1944 Italy: crossing of River Gari 11/12.05.44 [recommendation available upon request]
(1944)     seconded, 2/4th Battalion The Hampshire Regiment (Italy) (MC)
       

L
Langley,
Douglas Ranulph

D.R. Langley
Husband of Mrs A.J. Langley.
05.07.1917
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Gnr. 14.10.1939
L/Bdr. 12.1939
Bdr. 01.08.1940
Sgt. 16.12.1941
2nd Lt. 19.09.1942 [14172V]
T/Lt. 19.03.1943
14.10.1939 - 16.12.1941 1st Anti-Aircraft Brigade (Union Defence Force)
16.12.1941 - 19.09.1942 South African Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) ACF attached SAPF
19.09.1942 - ? 9th Light Anti-Aircraft Battery SAA
(03.1944)     seconded to UK forces for service with Royal Marines
       

P
Palmer,
Robert John

R.J. Palmer (Photo courtesy of Mr William Marshall)

Biography courtesy of Mr William Marshall

10.02.1891
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23.03.1957
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Brig. ?
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Pienaar,
Daniel Hermanus
"Dan"

D.H. Pienaar D.H. Pienaar
D.H. Pienaar 
Son of Willem Daniel Johannes
Pienaar and Cornelia Petronella
Horn.
Married D.H. Pienaar, of Pretoria.
19.08.1893
Bosduivenkop,
Ladybrand, Orange
Free State

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19.12.1942

(air crash)
[Thaba Tshwane (Old
No. 1) Military
Cemetery, Gauteng,
South Africa, L.1]
T/2nd Lt.
...-23.12.1919 [126242]
Lt.Col.
(1935)
Col.
(1938)
Brig.
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A/Maj.Gen.
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Companion of the Order of the Bath CB
24.11.1942
Middle East
Distinguished Service Order DSO
14.02.1941
Middle East
Distinguished Service Order DSO
09.09.1942
Middle East 11.41-04.42
Mention in Despatches MID
30.12.1941
Middle East 02.41-07.41
Mention in Despatches MID
24.06.1943
Middle East 05.42-10.42
1911


joined Department of Defence
1914
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1919
served European War (despatches)



South African Staff Corps
16.07.1926
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(03.1931)
staff officer, General Staff Section, Union Defence Forces (Pretoria)
04.01.1935
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(01.1937)
Officer Commanding, Orange Free State Command (Bloemfontein)
17.10.1938
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(05.1940)
Officer Commanding, Roberts' Heights [later: Voortrekkerhoogte] and Transvaal Command (Voortrekkerhoogte)
12.06.1940
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10.03.1942
Commander, 1st South African Brigade (East Africa, Italian Somaliland)
10.03.1942
- 19.12.1942 General Officer Commanding, 1st South African Division (Libya, Egypt)
Literature: E. Rosenthal, General Pienaar : his life and his battles (1943)
Poole,
William Henry Evered

W.H.E. Poole (Photo courtesy of Mr William Marshall) W.H.E. Poole

Biography courtesy of Mr William Marshall

08.10.1902
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09.03.1969
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Maj.Gen. ?
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S
Stephens,
Leo William Keating

L.W.K. Stephens
Married; at least one son.

His son writes: "On returning to SA in 1919 my father became active in Boy Scouts and part time soldiering; he was involved in putting down the miners strike in Johannesburg in early 1920s, then transferred to Transvaal Horse Artillery, retiring in 1937 as Regimental Major (commanding officer). At outbreak of WW2 he was recalled and helped form First SA Heavy Artillery Brigade, which he did and took to Kenya in November 1940 where they did further training and advanced into Abyssinia in early 1941 when Italy declared war. Their war was more of chasing the Italian Army across Abyssinia until their surrender at Gondar in late 1941/early 1942, then the Brigade moved to Egypt where my father fell ill with dysentery and was invalided back to SA where he later commanded the artillery training camp at Potchefstroom until early 1944 when the SA Railways for whom he had worked since 1908 (Started as ‘tea boy’ aged 11 in Cape Gov. Railway before union) requested his return to his job as a Superintendent Purchasing dept – Head of Coal buying. He retired in 1957 on reaching 60 and had 49 years of accredited pension service; he died in 1967."

1897
Cape Town
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1967
Cape Town
2nd Lt.
17.12.1917
Lt.
17.06.1919
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Lt.Col.
(1941)
17.12.1917


commissioned, Royal Garrison Artillery - Special Reserve of Officers



served World War I (blown up on the Somme, only survivor of his platoon)
?
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1937
transferred to Transvaal Horse Artillery (eventually as Regimental Major)
1940
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1942?
Commander, 1st Medium Brigade South African Heavy Artillery (Kenya, Abessynia, Egypt [illnes])
1942?
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1944
Commandant, Artillery Training Camp Potchefstroom
       
 

 

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