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Werndly Renaut Van der Riet
Nickname Booysie
Born (1914-04-27)27 April 1914
Died 28 February 1987(1987-02-28) (aged 72)
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch  South Africa Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Service number 60663V
Commands held
Battles/wars World War II

Lieutenant General Werndly Booysie R. van der Riet SSA SD MC (27 April 1914 - 28 February 1987)[1] was a South African Army officer who served as Chief of the Defence Staff.[2]:98

He was awarded the Military Cross during World War II.[3]

He commanded Witwatersrand Rifles Regiment[4] from 1945 to 1946 and 1 Special Service Battalion from Oct 1953 to Dec 1960.[2]:98


  1. "V.d. Riet met eer begrawe". Die Burger. March 4, 1987. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nöthling, C.J.; Meyers, E.M. (1982). "LEIERS DEUR DIE JARE (1912-1982)" (in Afrikaans) (Online). pp. 89–98. Digital object identifier:10.5787/12-2-631. ISSN 2224-0020. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  3. "SUPPLEMENT-TO THE LONDON GAZETTE" (pdf). 7 December 1944. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  4. Wulfsohn, Lionel. "PIET BOTHA - A SOUTH AFRICAN PATRIOT". 
Military offices
Preceded by
Chief of Defence Staff
1972 -1974
Succeeded by
Raymond Armstrong

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