Jacob van Deventer
1874 – 1922
Who was Jacob van Deventer?
He returned to military service in World War I, and commanded a Union Defence Forces formation in the German South West Africa Campaign. In the German East Africa Campaign, he commanded a South African Overseas Expeditionary Force mounted brigade, then a division, and finally all the British imperial forces in the region. He was knighted twice for his services.
After the war, he was a part-time inspecting officer. He was made a Grand Officer of the Portuguese Military Order of Aviz in 1921. In 1922, he commanded a mounted brigade in operations to crush the Rand Revolt on the Witwatersrand. He died later in Pretoria in 1922.
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