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Second Lieutenant Bernard ('Barnie') Rissik was a South African officer of the British Army who died during the First World War.

He was born on 8 March 1892, at Luischotten, Pretoria,[1] the eldest son of Johann Friedrich Bernhardt and Maria Magdalena Wilhelmina Rissik (née Leibrandt). His father had been appointed the first administrator of the Transvaal following its integration with three other colonies into the Union of South Africa.

Rissik received his education at St Andrew's College, Grahamstown and Trinity College, Cambridge. He enlisted after the outbreak of war in 1914, with the Oxford Officer Training Corps, and in October was commissioned into the Middlesex Regiment.[1] Rissik died on 22 June 1915, on the Western Front, while serving with the 9th (Service) Battalion, The Prince Consort's Own (Rifle Brigade).

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Menin Gate Memorial.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Times (40897), Col C, p. 6: "Fallen Officers". 3 July 1915.

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