6219 (M) 2nd Sergeant J.J. Bessinger S.A.P (1897-1963)
Johannes Jacobus Bessinger attested into the SAP (South African Police) on the 18/02/1916 in Pretoria. He was 18 yrs old at the time and was noted as being a farmer.
Bessinger served in the Union only during WW2 and was not attached to the Union Defence Forces. He served in District 36 in the Transvaal and spent time at the following stations, Pietersburg, Landfontein and Potgietersrus.
He was appointed to the rank of Lance Sergeant on the 04/07/1932 but this was terminated on the same day!!. He was re appointed to Lance Sergeant on the 29/10/1932 and to 2nd Class Sergeant on the 01/03/1934. His Police Good Service Medal was awarded on the 09/04/1934 as per Force Order No 15 of 1934. He was discharged from the Police service on the 18/02/1944 as per Force Order No 5 of 1944 reason given “Superannuation”. Force Order No 10 of 1945, dated 04/06/1945 has him listed as having qualified for the A.S.M (Africa Service Medal)
He married Maria Elizabeth Grobler in Louis Trichardt on the 27/04/1921 and this union produced three children. He passed away in 1963 in the Transvaal.
A nice WW2 LSGC medal group to a member of the SAP. The A.S.M has the SAP Prefix. Sold with xerox copies of papers from the SAP Archives.