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Van Onselen Family Group Father Rustenburg Commando, Son South African Pay Corps

Nicolaas Van Onselen was the Lt. in command of A Squadron of the Rustenburg Commando (AKA Van Tonders Horse). He was Mentioned in Dispatches for distinguished service in the field in connection with the campaign in South West Africa, in the 4th Supplementary London gazette, 22nd of August 1918.

Frederick Theunis Van was granted the rank of Staff Sargent and undertook the duties of a Pay Corps Clerk.  Fredrick worked tirelessly throughout the war, being finally discharged on the 28th of April 1947 after 6 years and 231 days or service.

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Nicolaas Van Onselen was the Lt. in command of A Squadron of the Rustenburg Commando (AKA Van Tonders Horse). Nicholaas was Mentioned in Dispatches for distinguished service in the field in connection with the campaign in South West Africa, in the 4th Supplementary London gazette, 22nd of August 1918. Nicholas was released from service on the 10th of Jun, 1915. The South African Commando units are quite rare to find, with the number or 1914-15 stars issued to the Rustenburg commando numbering 353. Nicholaas’ British War medal and Victory medal are missing.

 

Frederick Theunis Van was born Heilbron, Orange Free State. Considered a Dutchman on attestation, he belonged to the Rustenburg North-West Commando prior to his attestation. Attesting on the 10th September 1940 in Pretoria at the age of 28, he was married to his wife Margretha with three children. Prior to attesting he was a Clerk with the Clerk with Department of Defence Pretoria, and returned to this work after discharge, working at Headquarters, Capital Park Pretoria. It seems his attestation was part of a “Militarisation” program to attest and enlist civilian administrative personnel to perform their existing roll whilst being more directly within the military hierarchy. Fredrick was granted the rank of Staff Sargent and undertook the duties of a Pay Corps Clerk.  Fredrick worked tirelessly throughout the war, being finally discharged on the 28th of April 1947 after 6 years and 231 days or service. This is his full entitlement.

 

This group is accompanied by a mixture of scanned copies of Both Nicolaas’ and Frederick’s service records.