General – Coenraad (Coen) Brits

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General Coenraad (Coen) Brits.
He was born on 19 April 1868. As a Field cornet in the Wakkerstroom commando, he took part in the invasion of Natal at the start of the Boer War.  His service in that campaign led to his promotion to General in 1901, and to Assistant Commandant General in 1902.  A close friend of General Louis Botha, he supported him during the Great War and helped with the suppression of the 1914 rebellion.  He also took part in the German South-West African and German East-African campaigns. He died on 16 July  1932 in Standerton.