Major-General Dan Pienaar

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Daniël Hermanus Pienaar, Major-General

Birthplace: Ladybrand, Free State, South Africa
Death: Died in Masahunga, Mara, Tanzania
Cause of death: Airplan crash
Immediate Family:

Son of Willem Daniel Johannes Pienaar and Cornelia Petronella Pienaar
Husband of Norma Pienaar and Eileen (Leffler) Pienaar
Brother of Elizabeth Johanna Pienaar; Maria Magdalena Quequin; Jan Gabriël Horn Pienaar; Johannes Theodorus Pienaar; Jan Christoffel Lourens Pienaar and 2 others

Occupation: Military
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About Major-General Dan Pienaar

{ NG Kerk, Ladybrand, Orange Free State - Baptismal Register Entry : 108 of February 1894 Daniel Hermanus Pienaar - Birth : 27 August 1893 - Baptised : 4 February 1894 - Presiding Minister : Ds Joubert Parents : Willem Daniel Johannes Pienaar / Cornelia Petronela Horn - Baptismal Witnesses : Frederik Johannes van Zyl / Cornelia Petronella Horn - Herman Hendrik Pienaar / Martha Magdalena van Zyl } -

Major-General Dan Pienaar G. O. C. First South African Division


Out of the Abyss - published by The Forum, Johannesburg, South Africa (date not listed)

Link to Pietermaritzburg and Fort Napier

During the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), the later well-known South African Major-General Dan Pienaar was treated in the hospital at Fort Napier. He was a young boy at the time, and was interned with his family at the Pietermaritzburg Concentration Camp. The young Dan’s leg was severely lacerated by an accident with an axe. In his book, Pienaar of Alamein, A M Pollock wrote of the aftermath of the accident as follows: “Blood-poisoning set in and Dan was taken to the British military hospital at Fort Napier. It was at first feared that his leg would have to be amputated. Several doctors held consultations, and finally Dan’s mother was called in to make the decision. She decided on the more slender chance of her son’s pulling through without amputation. Slowly the leg responded to treatment, but for four long months Dan had to lie in the military hospital. On either side of him and all round him were wounded British “Tommies”. He became their favourite. Far from their own families, these soldiers, in their rough but kindly way, took the small boy to their hearts and lavished upon him an affection they would normally have reserved for their own children. Dan responded, as a child would, and very soon he and these British soldiers were fast friends. That friendship persisted in spite of later misunderstandings and undoubtedly formed the foundation of the deep respect which Major-General Dan Pienaar had for the ordinary British soldier.”

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Major-General Dan Pienaar's Timeline

August 27, 1893
Ladybrand, Free State, South Africa
February 4, 1894
Ladybrand, Orange Free State, South Africa
December 19, 1942
Age 49
Masahunga, Mara, Tanzania