General – Piet Retief Viljoen

 

 

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General Piet Retief  Viljoen

He was born in Pretoria on 25 July 1853 and descended on his mother’s side from the Voortrekker leader Piet Retief.
As a young man he fought in several native campaigns and in 1887 became Mining Commissioner in Heidelberg, ZAR.
During the 2nd Anglo Boer War he was appointed as a general and displayed considerable daring and skill in the
Orange Free State and in the Western Transvaal. Badly wounded in action near Lake Chrissie, he became
a member of the Executive Council of the Republic and, upon the death of General Spruyt, was appointed to take his place.
He died in Heidelberg on 13 February 1926.