In Memory Of

FOURIE, JOSEPH JOHANNES (JOPIE)

Service Details
Age:
35
Date of Birth:
1879-08-27
Rank:
Captain
Regiment:
13th Mounted Rifles (Noordeslike Transvaal Mounted Rifles)
Date of Death:
1914-12-20
Cause of Death:
Executed, shot, by court martial, at Pretoria Central Prison
Commemoration
Cemetery:
PRETORIA OLD CEMETERY
Localitly:
Gauteng
Country:
South Africa
Additional Information
Citations:
***Not yet accepted for War Grave Status by CWGC, need service file
Jopie Fourie was born in the Pretoria district in 1879. He was a scout and dispatch rider during the South African War, and was wounded and captured in an action north of Pretoria. After the war he became a captain in the Active Citizen Force, and in 1914 decided to join the rebellion in protest against Prime Minister Louis Botha's decision to invade German South West Africa as part of the international war effort against Germany. He was captured in the Rustenburg area on 16 December 1914 and was court-martialled. On 20 December of the same year he was executed by firing squad. Jopie Fourie is seen as a traditional Afrikaner Boer hero, standing up for his beliefs and Louis Botha was severely criticized by many Afrikaners for reprieving Fourie. He died singing the hymn 'Als wij de doodsvallei betreen'.