20 June 2011

Alfred De Buys

I'm trying to find out more about Alfred De Buys and his ancestors...
Alfred De Buys (Around 1950)
Alfred De Buys was born in Middleburg on 03 August 1899 (although some documents show other possible birth dates we assume this to be correct) and died of a heart attack on 20 November 1966. He was a labourer before he joined the military where he assumed full time duty 28 August 1941. Alfred served as a chef in the Cape Corps.

His military papers reveal the following:

01/10/1941 - 05/10/1941Hospitalized with bronchitis
30/12/1941Left for Suez with the 2nd SAA
18/12/1941Disembarked Suez
06/10/1942Placed on x4 list from 7th Squadron
1942Injured during bombings in Tobruk, Libya
12/11/1942Placed on GL EX 2 F P
10/03/1943Promoted to T/H Cpl with P & A
01/02/1944Posted to NEAS DEP
23/02/1944placed on x2 list - hospital
(Chest? unclear)
10/03/1944Struck of x2 list
17/02/1945Left Suez for Union

Record of the Medals that Alfred was to receive

Alfred was awarded the following medals:
  • 1939-45 Star
  • Africa Star
  • Defence Medal (British)
  • The War Medal 1939 - 45
  • Africa Service Medal
  • 8th Army Clasp

Alfred's discharge papers states that he was suffering from chest pain and pain in his legs.

After the war Alfred married Rachel De Bruyn (born 1898/11/02, Richmond, died ~1979).  Alfred had 4 sons and 3 daughters.

If you have any information with regards to Alfred's family and or military career I would love to hear from you!

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