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
Spouse(s) Gerty Roux - Died very young in the 1918 influenza epidemic. Later Remarried [2]

Susie, Nell, Hennie, Dawie.

Dawie was only 2years old when his Mom died.

Father: David Jacobus

Mother: Johanna (nee) Duplooy
He served in the Second Boer War(1899-1901)
He served in the First World War (1914-1918)Under General Jan Smuts.[2]

Hendrik Mentz DTD (1877–1938)[3] was a South African Party politician and South African Minister of Defence from 19 March 1920 to 29 June 1924.[4]

He served in the Second Boer War.[4] He served in the First World War. The Strike Craft SAS Hendrik Mentz of the South African Navy was named after him.[5]


  1. ^ Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 153. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  2. ^ a b Mentz Family descendants
  3. ^ Rosenthal, Eric (ed) (1966). South African Dictionary of National Biography. Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd. pp. 247–248. 
  4. ^ a b C.J. Nöthling, E.M. Meyers (1982). "Leaders through the years (1912-1982)". Scientaria Militaria. 12 (2): 92. 
  5. ^ 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