Major General Willem Noach Arkema Barends, SM, MC & Bar, was originally commissioned in the Natal Mounted Rifles in 1938 and joined the Field Force Battalion in 1940. He served as Second-in-Command of WR/DLR from 1944 until 1945, under Lt Col. Jack Bester. He was posted to staff duties at the SA Military College and was appoined to the General Staff in 1953. During the period 1955 - 1959 he commanded 1 SAI Battalion. During the period 1960 to 1963 he commanded Witwatersrand Command. He held various General Staff appointments before retiring in 1973. He later served as Honorary Colonel from 1989 until 2002. He passed away in 2008.
He was awarded the following medals: