Daniel Mathiam Coetzee

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Daniel Mathiam Coetzee

Also Known As: "Matie"
Birthplace: Utrecht, Amajuba, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Death: July 12, 1971 (89)
Lalapanzi, Zimbabwe
Place of Burial: Enkeldoorn, Rhodesia
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel Coetzee and Maria Sophia Paulina Coetzee
Husband of Elsie Petronella van der Merwe
Father of Daniel Coetzee; Christoffel Bernadus Coetzee; Matie Coetzee; Maria (Marra) Coetzee and Benjamin Coetzee
Brother of Daniel Philippus Rudolph Coetzee; Frances Dedrikus Meintjes; Benjamin Petrus Coetzee; Malwina Wilhelmina Elizabeth O'Donovan; Johanna Maria Hendrina van Staden and 1 other

Managed by: Anna (Annie) Elizabeth Bekker
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About Daniel Mathiam Coetzee

The Whites of Enkeldoorn 1880-1980 is a history of the families of European descent who settled in the area of Enkeldoorn (renamed Chivi) Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). Author - Sarel van der Walt.

COETZEE Matie x Elsie van der Merwe arrived 1910, travelling with Elsie's family group who came from Natal. They travelled by train to Umvuma and by oxwagons to the farm and settled on Crystal. Matie was known for his great strength and sense of humour with a love for practical jokes, he was also easily moved to tears when sad or happy. As a Boer Prisoner of War on Hawkins island, part of the Bermuda group, a collegue later told of his escapades of which are recounted, whenever there was a change of guard personnel he would, with their first roll-call parade, on the command "Fall In" run to the nearest point of the sea and with gusto fall into the sea, then solemnly declare that he was merely obeying a command. The camp punishment centre was a barbed wire enclosure on the island and Matie had the reputation of being its most frequent inmate, invariably following a prank that discomfitted the authorities. Matie was an excellent horseman and known to be fearless and often swam in flooded rivers. He refused to bath indoors, doing his ablutions in the nearest river and as he got older he would have a servant squirt water from a hosepipe over him.

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Daniel Mathiam Coetzee's Timeline

August 7, 1881
Utrecht, Amajuba, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
November 1914
Age 33
June 10, 1918
Age 36
May 19, 1921
Age 39
Chivhu, Chikomba, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe
March 29, 1925
Age 43
January 19, 1928
Age 46
July 12, 1971
Age 89
July 1971
Age 89
Enkeldoorn, Rhodesia