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Poorten, ter, Hein

    Date of birth:
    November 21st, 1887 (Buitenzorg, Dutch Indies)
    Date of death:
    January 15th, 1968 (The Hague/Zuid-Holland, Netherlands)
    Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)


    Luitenant-generaal Ter Poorten was held prisoner of war between 1942 and 1945. He survived a serious air accident on 18 February 1916, which killed Lt. Gen. J.P. Michielsen.


    25 July 1908: Second Lieutenant
    29 Spril 1911: First Lieutenant
    26 August 1919: Captain
    25 July 1930: Major
    28 July 1935: Lieutenant Colonel
    29 April 1936: Colonel
    13 September 1937: Major General
    October 1941: Lieutenant General

    1911: Wapen der Artillerie, Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger
    1926-1931: General Staff, KNIL
    1933-1936: General Staff, KNIL
    1936-1939: Head IIIe Department (Head Officer of Artillery), also inspector of the weapon, KNIL
    26 July 1939-13 October 1941: Chief of General Staff, KNIL
    14 October 1941-09 March 1942: Commander of the KNIL and head of Department of War for Dutch Indies.

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    Eerste Luitenant-Vlieger (Flying Officer)
    Awarded on:
    October 1911
    For services during "large" military exercises in the Betuwe
    Ridder in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (ON.5)
    IIIe Afdeling, Hoofdkantoor der Artillerie, Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger
    Awarded on:
    August 17th, 1936
    Officier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (ON.4)
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Generaal-Majoor (Major-General)
    Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger
    Awarded on:
    October 9th, 1941
    For "Glorious work on hospital ship "Oranje"

    As commander-in-chief
    Knights/Dames Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (K/DBE)
    Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw - Ridder (NL.3)
    Ereteken voor Langdurige Dienst als Officier
    Officier de l' Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur
    Kungliga Svärdsorden - Commander 1st Class