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Pierre Versteegh

Full name: Pierre Marie Robert Versteegh
Gender: Male
Born: June 6, 1888 in Kedung Banteng, Jawa Timur, Indonesia
Died: May 3, 1942 in Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg, Brandenburg, Germany
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Equestrianism

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Pierre Versteegh trained for the Dutch military, enrolling at the Royal Military Academy in Breda in 1906. In June 1909 he was appointed second lieutenant and assigned to the Third Division in Ede. In the years before World War I, and also after the conflict, Versteegh became an active equestrian participant, winning numerous local competitions. In 1925 he was promoted to captain and in 1936 to major in the Army. In 1931 Versteegh had been awarded the Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords.

When the Germans invaded the Netherlands in May 1940, Versteegh held the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and was also concerned because his wife was Jewish. After the Dutch Army surrendered, Versteegh joined the Dutch Underground, working with the Ordedienst (OD), a fusion of several underground groups. On 2 May 1941 Versteegh was arrested after being found to be a member of the OD. He and several other OD members were kept in the state prison in Scheveningen, later called the Oranjehotel. In March-April 1942 Versteegh and many of his compatriots were tried in Amersfoot, and all were found guilty, with the sentence being death.

On 1 May 1942 the convicted OD members, among whom were included Richard Schoemaker, a Dutch fencing Olympian, were taken by train to Oranienburg, near Berlin, and then transported by truck to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. On 3 May 1942 all of the convicts were executed by firing squad, in groups of 12 each. Pierre Versteegh was among them. On 3 May 1946 a monument was erected in the Netherlands in the group’s honor. Versteegh was posthumously awarded the Resistance Cross for his valor.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 39 Amsterdam Equestrianism Men's Dressage, Individual Netherlands NED 9
1928 Summer 39 Amsterdam Equestrianism Men's Dressage, Team Netherlands NED 3 Bronze
1936 Summer 48 Berlin Equestrianism Men's Dressage, Individual Netherlands NED 8
1936 Summer 48 Berlin Equestrianism Men's Dressage, Team Netherlands NED 5

Men's Dressage, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank AP TP PTS O
1928 Summer 39 Amsterdam Equestrianism Netherlands His Excellence II Final Standings 9 216.44 1,082.2
1928 Summer 39 Amsterdam Equestrianism Netherlands His Excellence II Judges' Scores Judge #1 6 225.8
1928 Summer 39 Amsterdam Equestrianism Netherlands His Excellence II Judges' Scores Judge #2 16 214.8
1928 Summer 39 Amsterdam Equestrianism Netherlands His Excellence II Judges' Scores Judge #3 7 225.4
1928 Summer 39 Amsterdam Equestrianism Netherlands His Excellence II Judges' Scores Judge #4 8 206.4
1928 Summer 39 Amsterdam Equestrianism Netherlands His Excellence II Judges' Scores Judge #5 6 211.6
1936 Summer 48 Berlin Equestrianism Netherlands Ad Astra Final Standings 8 1,579.00
1936 Summer 48 Berlin Equestrianism Netherlands Ad Astra Judges' Scores Judge #1 13 296.50
1936 Summer 48 Berlin Equestrianism Netherlands Ad Astra Judges' Scores Judge #2 9 321.50
1936 Summer 48 Berlin Equestrianism Netherlands Ad Astra Judges' Scores Judge #3 9T 314.00
1936 Summer 48 Berlin Equestrianism Netherlands Ad Astra Judges' Scores Judge #4 9 305.50
1936 Summer 48 Berlin Equestrianism Netherlands Ad Astra Judges' Scores Judge #5 4 341.50

Men's Dressage, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
1928 Summer 39 Amsterdam Equestrianism Netherlands NED His Excellence II Final Standings 3 216.44
1936 Summer 48 Berlin Equestrianism Netherlands NED Ad Astra Final Standings 5 1,579.00