Nicolaas Nieuwoudt

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Nicolaas Johan Nieuwoudt
Lt Genl Nicolaas Nieuwoudt.jpg
Born (1929-10-23)23 October 1929[1]
Louisvale, Northern Cape
Died 22 November 1989(1989-11-22) (aged 60)[2]
Allegiance South Africa
Service/branch South African Military Health Service
Years of service 1960-1988
Rank Lieutenant General
Relations Ina Pretorius (Wife)[2]

Lieutenant-General Nicolaas Nieuwoudt MBChB SSA SD SM (1929–1989) was a South African military commander. A medical doctor, he joined the South African Air Force's medical branch in 1960, after five years private practise.[2] He commanded the South African Medical Service, as Surgeon-General, from 1977[3] to 1988. The SAMS was upgraded to rank equally with the Army, Air Force, and Navy in 1979.


He obtained a medical degree from the University of Pretoria

Honours and awards[edit]

He was awarded the following medals and decorations:

  • 1980[2] – The Order of Military Merit, degree 'Grand Officer' Paraguay

See also[edit]


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

Military offices
Preceded by
Colin Cockcroft
Chief of the South African Medical Service
1977 – 1988
Succeeded by
Daniel Knobel