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Dirk Cornelis Uys

Also Known As: "Dirkie Uys"
Birthplace: Swellendam, Cape Colony
Death: April 11, 1838 (15)
Italeni, Natal Colony (Killed with his father at Italeni)
Immediate Family:

Son of Kmdt Petrus Lafras "Piet" Uys and Alida Maria Uys, b1c5d1e2
Brother of Jacobus Johannes Uys, b1c5d2e3f1; Dogter 1 Uys, E8d1/b1c5d2e3f2 and Petrus Lafras Uys, F7/b1c5d2e3f4

DVN: b1c5d2e3f3
Managed by: (Jill) Robinson
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About Dirkie Uys

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After the massacare of Piet Retief and his men by Dingaan on 6 February 1838, a number of Voortrekker camps were also attacked by the Zulu impis. These Voortrekkers appealed to other treks, particularly those of Piet Uys and Hendrik Potgieter in the Orange Free State, for help. Both treks sent out commandos to help, including Uys' fifteen-year-old son, Dirkie. During the subsequent Battle of Italeni, Piet Uys was mortally wounded by an assegai while riding to the rescue of two of his cornered men. The rescue party failed. Dirkie Uys was ahead of his father with most of the party when he heard his father ordering one of his men to leave him where he had fallen. Seeing the Zulus closing in on his father, Dirkie Uys turned around his horse, shouting "I will die with my father", and charged. He shot three Zulu warriors, briefly forcing them to retreat, but they rushed at him and stabbed him off his horse. Dirkie Uys fell beside his father, where they were both stabbed to death. This version of events is depicted on one of the historical friezes of the Voortrekker Monument. After the Battle of Blood River, Piet Uys' remains were found by a detachment, but Dirkie Uys' never were.

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Dirkie Uys's Timeline

March 3, 1823
Swellendam, Cape Colony
April 11, 1838
Age 15
Natal Colony