Johannes Marais Scholtz

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Reserve

Unit Text: H.M.S. "Queen Mary."

Age: 38

Date of Death: 31/05/1916

Additional information: Son of Jacobus and Elizabeth Scholtz, of "Scholtzenhof." Cape Province, South Africa; husband of Lucy Scholtz, of 17, Darwin Rd., Southampton, England.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: 22. Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL



From the Society of South African Military History: South Africans at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916

By Ross Dix-Peek

Additional South Africans involved in the epic battle include thirty-seven year old, Lieutenant Johannes Marais Scholtz, Royal Navy Reserve (RNR), of the H.M.S. Queen Mary, who was killed during the battle.

Scholtz was the son of Jacobus and Elizabeth Scholtz, of "Scholtzenhof", Cape Province, South Africa. His application for a position in the Union Castle service in 1904, had been supported by none other than the Hon. J.H. Hofmeyer, who was an old friend of the family.

Before the war, Scholtz had served as an officer with the Union Castle Line for approximately ten years, and was Second Officer of the Edinburgh Castle before joining the navy upon commencement of hostilities.

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