Category Archives: Cemeteries

Guardsman Walter Hardy Geddes, The Scots Guards (1924–1944)

On a sunny Saturday in October 2018, we visited the South African Cemetery in Castiglione dei Pepoli.  This cemetery has 502 war graves from the Second World War, the majority being for South African servicemen.  The 24th Guards Brigade was, … Continue reading

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William Victor St Clair McLaren: his McLaren and Sinclair lines

Earlier this year, I discovered that there is a memorial to William McLaren’s brother in the Dean Cemetery.  I was aware that it was an imposing memorial, and thought that it would therefore be relatively easy to identify.  This was … 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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The “Patrons of Lost Causes” visit again

Note: This post was written on Remembrance Sunday, but for some reason, it lingered on in the Drafts folder from which it has only now been extracted!  I’ve edited it to take account of this delay. Remembrance Sunday in Richmond Cemetery, 2014, … Continue reading

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George Henry Rosser (1885–1916)

6011 Private George Henry Rosser (1885–1916) 2/South African Infantry Regiment Died in Fulham, 23 July 1916, of severe wounds received on 11 July at The Somme. We’d planned, yesterday, also to look for the grave of Private George Henry Rosser, … Continue reading

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Do you not know…

Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken? Terry Pratchett, Going Postal Today, Remembrance Sunday 2015, we once again spoke the names of the 39 men buried in the South African section … Continue reading

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William Victor St Clair McLaren: a gallant Scottish soldier’s link to Whitefoord House

2nd Lieutenant William Victor St Clair McLaren, 1st Battalion, Princess Louise’s Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, Born 24 May 1877 in Heidelberg. Died in the African Campaign, near Balmoral, 26 July 1900. …a soldier, a Scottish soldier, Who wandered far away, … Continue reading

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