Bonifacius Cornelis de
- Jonge, Bonifacius Cornelis de
Governor General of the Dutch East Indies during World War II.
- 22-01-1875, Den Haque.
- 24-06-1954, age 79, Zeist.
Cemetery Oud Eik en Duinen, Den Haque, Grave 47.
Mr. Bonifacius Cornelis de Jonge, born 22-01-1875 in Den Haque, was a Dutch nobleman and conservative aristocrat, who was in favour of a strong authority, both in the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies. De Jonge began his career as a civil servant. He was in 1910 under the confessional Heemskerk Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Legal Department. Then in May 1917, at the height of the First World War as the War Minister Nicolaas Bosboom resigned, Queen Wilhelmina (see Wilhelmina) fetched back on Hendrik Colijn, Colijn died age 75 on 18-09-1944. Colijn, however served out a ten-year contract with the Royal Batavian Petroleum Company and pushed his kindred spirit De Jonge forward. Thus the Christian nobleman was one years minister of war in the liberal Cabinet Cort van der Linden. Cort van der Linden died old age 89 on 15-07-1935. After the first World War he came at the hands of Colijn employed by the BPM and in 1931 Governor General. In that capacity he received the Dutch NSB, National Socialist Movement, leader Mussert two times in Indie and performed strongly against the indigenous opposition. De Quay (see De Quay) wished him in 1940 as 'strong man' of the Dutch Union. On 05-07-1904, he married with Anna Cornelia Baroness Wassenaer (1883-1959), they had four children. Their eldest son got the same name as his father and grandfather, his second son was called Johan Antonie and they got also two daughters. His father was Cornelis Bonice de Jonge. In September 1936 De Jonge was succeeded by Tjarda van Starkenborgh- Stachouwer and after his repatriation he lived on his country seat “De Beele” in Voorst and retired from politics. Shortly after the occupation of the Netherlands by the German forces in Mai 1940, he in July 1940 he was recruited as the chairman of the Comity of National Unanimity, by Jan de Quay, Louis Einthoven and Johannes “Hans” Linthorst Looman, but this Comity soon fell apart. De Jonge kept a low profile since and retired to the country seat Denneoord in Oosterbeek, the town would become famous and destroyed in September 1944 as Operation Market Garden took place there. “A bridge too far” He was not involved in any political business anymore but always kept interested in the developments in the East Indies. Living quiet in Zeist since 1946, De Jonge died age 79, in Zeist on 24-06-1954 and is buried with his wife Amelie, born van Rappard, who died old age89 in 1999, on the Cemetery Oud Eik en Duinen in Den Haque and close by the graves of Louis Einthoven (see Einthoven) another Dutch Union member, former minister president in World War II, Pieter Gerbrandy (see Gerbrandy) and the brother of Prins Berhard (see Prins Bernhard), Aschwin zur Lippe Biesterveld.