Hendrik Willem Lategan Baartman, RAF

1895 Jul 11. Born South Africa Son of JF Baartman, Colesberg, Cape Provence. His father died in 1941, a retired General Dealer

In the fighting round the town in 1900 The Military were always commandeering trained horses and the time came when no one had any horses left [according to De Jager horses were even sent as far as Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape to prevent the Boers getting mounts] and people came with scotch carts and wagons drawn by oxen to get their provisions every 14 days, and then on permits allowing a certain quantity according to the number of people on the farm. Those days must have been anxious days for J.F. Baartman, as he had to be sure that nothing was put on any vehicle that was not included in the permit as the carts were liable to be inspected by the guards stationed at the top and bottom of the town. I remember seeing a big horse breeder like Mr. Van Zyl [probably from the farm Hangklip] coming to town with his tent cart drawn by two oxen, with Mrs. Van Zyl in the cart and he walking alongside, and the boy leading the oxen.

1914 Sep Entered the war in Africa

1917 Apr 11. Enlisted in RFC

1917 Jun 27. RFC The undermentioned cadets to be temp. 2nd Lts. (attd.). Hendrick Willem Lategan BAARTMAN

1917 Dec 31. Temp. 2nd Lts. (on prob.), Gen. List, and to be confirmed in their rank : H. W. L. Baartman.

1919.May 31. RFC The undermentioned are transferred to the unemployed list. Lt. H. W. L. Baartman.

1920 Jan/Mar Married in London to Sybil E A Vinten (no children born in UK)

1920 Oct 28 Joined ADRIC with service no. 910. Posted to H Coy

1922 Jan 14 Discharged at demobilisation of ADRIC

1924 On City of Westminster Electoral Register

1940 Jul 18. The undermentioned are granted commissions for the duration of hostilities as Pilot Officers on probation: —Hendrik Willem Lategan BAARTMAN (82465).

1941 Jul 19 .The undermentioned Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointments and promoted to the war substantive rank of Flying Officer Hendrick Willem Lategan BAARTMAN (82465).

1944 Jan 10. Commission resigned. Flg. Offs.: — H. W. L. BAARTMAN (82465).

1983 Oct 23 Died Whitstable, Kent

 

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