Pieter de Waal

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Pieter de Waal
CB CBE
Pieter de Waal.jpg
Colonel Pieter de Waal
Born (1899-12-31)December 31, 1899[1]
Zeerust
Died June 1977
Wynberg, South Africa
Allegiance South Africa
Service/branch South African Navy
Rank Brigadier
Service number 179910V
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Brigadier Pieter de Waal CB CBE (31 December 1899, Zeerust - June 1977, Wynberg)[2] was a South African military commander. He joined the Union Defence Forces as a coast gunner in 1922.

Military career[edit]

From 1934 to 1940, he was Director of Operations and Training (under various titles) at Defence Headquarters. He served as Deputy Chief of the General Staff from 1940 until 1944, when he was seconded to the staff of General Dwight Eisenhower as South African Liaison Officer[3] to Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces in England for the rest of World War II.

After the war, Brig de Waal served as Quartermaster-General from 1945 to 1951, and as Naval and Marine Chief of Staff from 1951 to 1952.[4] As NMCS he was in command of both the South African Navy and the short-lived South Africa Marine Corps.

He served as Military & Naval Attaché to the USA from 1953 to 1954[5]

Awards and Decorations[edit]

Companion of the Order of the Bath[edit]

On 1 January 1946, Brigadier de Waal was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath. The Notice in the London Gazette reads as follows:[6]

The KING has been graciously pleased, on the advice of His Majesty's Ministers for the Union of South Africa, to give orders for the following appointment to the Most Honourable Order of the Bath: —
To be an Additional Member of the Military Division of the Third Class, or Companions, of the said: Most Honourable Order: —
Brigadier Pieter de WAAL, C.B.E. (P.179910V) South African Staff Corps (V).

Commander of the Order of the British Empire[edit]

On 1 January 1944, Brigadier de Waal was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The Notice in the London Gazette reads as follows:[7]

The KING has been graciously pleased, on the advice of His Majesty's Ministers for the Union of South Africa, to give orders for the following appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire:
To be Additional Commanders of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Brigadier Pieter de Waal, South African Staff Corps (V)
To be Additional Officers of the Military Division

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Militaria - Official Professional Journal of the SADF (Vol 12/2: 1982)

Military offices
New title Naval & Marine Chief of Staff
1951-1952
Succeeded by
Hugo Biermann
Preceded by
Frederick Dean
Director, South African Naval Forces Renamed Naval & Marine Chief of Staff