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Stephanus Cornelis Biermann
Nickname Chips
Born (1918-12-09)9 December 1918
Died 18 February 2003(2003-02-18) (aged 84)
Place of birth Johannesburg
Place of death Cape Town, South Africa
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch  South African Navy
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held
Relations Hugo Biermann (brother)

Rear Admiral Stephanus Cornelis Biermann (9 December 1918 to 18 February 2003)[1] is a former South African Navy officer.

Early life

Biermann's father, joined the Orange Free State postal service at the age of 12[2] and later joined the SA Railways and Harbours as a telegraphist.[2]:page 3

Biermann was one of four children. His brothers Phillip and Hugo served on minesweepers during World War II.[1] His brother Hugo reached the rank of Admiral in the South African Navy.[1]

Naval career

Before the outbreak of World War II he was a teacher[3] at Highlands North High School in Johannesburg.[1] This gave rise to his nickname "Chips" after the schoolmaster Mr Chips.[2]:page 5


Biermann died at the age of 84 at a retirement home, Silvermine Village, near Cape Town.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Williams, Roger (Feb 21, 2003). "Chips Biermann obituary". Cape Argus. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Williams, Roger (October 2003). "Admiral H H Biermann". 
  3. "Skout-adm . Biermann sterf". Die Burger. February 22, 2003. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  4. Bester, Ronel (February 22, 2003). "Skoutadmiraal Biermann oorlede / Rear Admiral Biermann dead". Volksblad. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 

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