Hendrik Mentz

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Hendrik Mentz
Minister of Defence
In office
19 March 1920 – 29 June 1924
Prime Minister Jan Smuts
Preceded by Jan Smuts
Succeeded by Frederic Creswell
Personal details
Born (1877-08-08)August 8, 1877
Wittenbor, Orange Free State
Died June 3, 1938(1938-06-03) (aged 60)[1]
Nationality South African

Hendrik Mentz DTD (1877–1938)[2] was a South African Party politician and South African Minister of Defence from 19 March 1920 to 29 June 1924.[3]

He served in the Second Boer War.[3]

The Strike Craft SAS Hendrik Mentz of the South African Navy was named after him.[4]


  1. ^ Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 153. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  2. ^ Rosenthal, Eric (ed) (1966). South African Dictionary of National Biography. Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd. pp. 247–248. 
  3. ^ a b C.J. Nöthling, E.M. Meyers (1982). "Leaders through the years (1912-1982)". Scientaria Militaria 12 (2): 92. 
  4. ^ Wessels, Andre. "The South African Navy during the years of conflict in Southern Africa 1966-1989" (PDF). Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Jan Smuts
Minister of Defence (South Africa)
Succeeded by
Frederic Creswell