The South African
Military History Society

Die Suid-Afrikaanse Krygshistoriese Vereniging

Military History Journal
Vol 2 No 1 - June 1971

Another distinguished South African Soldier has passed on

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South Africa, and in particular ex-servicernen, recently mourned the death of one of South Africa’s most distinguished soldiers - Lieutenant-General George E. Brink, GB, CBE, DSO who died at St. Michaels-on-Sea, Natal, on 30th April, 1971.

Lt.-Gen. Brink was born at Jagersfontein, Orange Free State, on 27th September, 1889. He was educated at Grey College, Bloemfontein, and shortly thereafter commenced his long and distinguished career in the South African Defence Force from which he retired in 1948.

The sad news of his death arrived too late to allow for publication in this issue of more than this short obituary. A more informative biography and testimony to his distinguished career and the high esteem in which he was held will be found in this Journal, Vol. 1, No. 6 of June 1970, written on the occasion of his retirement from public life to the South Coast of Natal. His close friends and most ex-servicemen knew him affectionately, during the greater part of his military career and during his retirement, as “Uncle George” - a clear indication of the high esteem in which he was held throughout the length and breadth of the Republic. Ex-servicemen have indeed lost a true friend and South Africa a most distinguished son. He will be sadly missed in many walks of life.

Lt.-Gen. Brink is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lilian Brink, and three daughters. Our deepest sympathy goes to all members of the family.

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