Author Archives: Margaret Frood

About Margaret Frood

Margaret Frood is a Family and Local Historian with an insatiable curiosity about the partially told stories of a family's past. Her four war memorial blogs have been created in the hope that they will help to rescue from oblivion the stories of those listed on the war memorials of Petersham, Ham and Tur Langton, as well as Southern Africans commemorated in the UK and in Western Europe.

Cecil Stanley Groves (1899–1918)

16650 Private Cecil Stanley Groves, 1/South African Infantry Regiment. Killed in Action, 23/24 March 1918, Commemorated on The Pozières Memorial. This one is personal; Stanley is one of my great uncles.    I am posting a day early because one … Continue reading

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Finally! South Africa remembers: Remembrance Sunday 2017

As we walked through Richmond Cemetery on Remembrance Sunday, there was an icy wind to chill the 8ºC on the mercury, and I regretted not giving my gloves an outing.  As the South African War Memorial came into sight when … Continue reading

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Charles Henry Green (1882–1917)

Major Charles Henry Green, 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, attached 3rd Battalion, Nigeria Regiment, West African Frontier Force. Died of wounds, near Mkwera, 8 November 1917. Buried in the Mkwera Cemetery, whose war graves were ‘lost’ and is now commemorated … Continue reading

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Keith Brennand MacWilliam (1921–1944)

117609V Lieutenant Keith Brennand MacWilliam, 34 Squadron South African Air Force, Killed in action, 16 October 1944, Poland. Keith MacWilliam was one of the 43 South African Air Force Crew killed in the extremely risky exercise of dropping supplies during … Continue reading

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Frank Fenning Fuller Kidson (1890–1918)

X/762 Private Frank Fenning Fuller Kidson, South African Medical Corps. Died of influenza, 30 October 1918 at the South African Military Hospital in Richmond Park, . If I were ever to allow myself a ‘favourite’ from amongst the Richmond Cemetery Lads, … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday 2016

My disappointment at the neglect, by South Africans, of the South African War Memorial on both Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday continues.  I was sorely tempted this year, to go to the annual commemoration at Ham or Petersham, and did not … Continue reading

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‘The Blue Death’—the influenza epidemic of 1918

The ‘Great Influenza Epidemic’ reached its height in the last quarter of 1918, though there had been a noticeable increase in influenza cases in the preceding year.  As the virus became more virulent, some patients developed complications, notably pneumonia or meningitis, for … Continue reading

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