Genl. Jan Hendrik Olivier

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Jan Hendrick Olivier

Birthplace: Burgersdorp, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: May 30, 1930 (82)
Volksrust, Eastvaal District Council, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Jan Hendrik Olivier and Martha Sophia Olivier
Husband of Elizabeth Jane Pringle Olivier, b12c3d11e6f2 and Johanna Olivier
Father of Jan Hendrik Olivier; Cornelius Wilhelmina Matthys Uys; Johanna Francina Gertruida ''Joe'' Olivier; Frederik Johannes Olivier; Hendrika and 6 others

Managed by: Lindie Fourie
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About Genl. Jan Hendrik Olivier

General Jan Hendrik Olivier was a magnificent physical specimen, tall, wide shouldered, clean limbed, with a great black beard slightly touched with grey. He had a fine head and forehead and searching dark eyes. He was responsible for the British retreat at Stormberg. “I had only one gun” he explained “which I quickly moved from point to point.”

His knowledge of English was not extensive. One of the most respected members of our community requested him to be godfather to his infant son. He readily agreed, and when the infant Jan Hendrik Olivier, so named after him, was presented to him, he greeted him as follows, shaking him heartily by the hand:- “Hullo man (pronounced mahn) Goodbye! Goodbye!”

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Gen Jan Hendrik Olivier. B. c.1856; d. 30/5/1930. Joined the OFS “Border Police” at age 15 and became a Veldkornet for districts Rouxville-Zastron at 17 yrs of age. As reward for his participation against Mosheswe he was gifted a farm near Vechtkop. In 1899 he was already Cmdt and occupied o.a. the railway junction at Stormberg. On 26/11/1899 he defeated Gen Gatacre there starting “Black Week” - force sizes are uncertain, but seems to have been roughly equal at c.2 000-2 500. He escaped Brandwaterkom with Gen De Wet. With his 3 sons he moved to Transvaal battles, and was captured near Winburg by the Queen’ Volunteer Rifles and sent to Ceylon. .... Gen Sir William Forbes Gatacre (Back-acher). Got “no end of a lesson” at Stormberg. The start of “ Black Week”.—- By Andre Strydom

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Genl. Jan Hendrik Olivier's Timeline

January 24, 1848
Burgersdorp, Eastern Cape, South Africa
February 5, 1872
November 9, 1888
January 27, 1900
May 30, 1930
Age 82
Volksrust, Eastvaal District Council, Mpumalanga, South Africa