ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Walter V. Volker is the Chief Executive Officer of the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). Prior to this, he worked for Absa Bank for seventeen years, and before that he was with NCR Corporation for seven years.
Walter was born and grew up in the south-eastern Transvaal town of Piet Retief. He started his national service in 1981 with basic training at 3 SA Infantry Battalion, but was later transferred to the Army Gymnasium in Heidelberg, where he also received his officer’s commission. He was then transferred to 2 Signal Regiment at Wonderboom as a Command and Control Communications officer. He continued being involved with 2 Signal Regiment during his Citizen Force years, with the last major operation being two months border duty in mid-1988 during Operation Prone, based at Ondangwa.
He holds a B.Sc and an MBL degree, and is married to Trudie (nèe du Toit). Walter has already published a number of books on genealogy, including The Cotton Germans of Natal (2007); this series represents his first published work in the area of military history. In 2012 he published Piet Retief Commando – the Story of a Border Commando 1880 – 2007 and Boer War Stories of the Piet Retief Commando and District.