Category Archives: Find War Grave

Ivan Merle McCusker (1892–1916)

Ivan Merle McCusker of Victoria West is one of seven men serving in South African Regiments who are buried in Earlsfield Cemetery.  His service record indicates that he was wounded at Delville Wood on 16th July, and died the following … Continue reading

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Find South African War Graves

In this post I’m focusing on the UK, because that’s where I am based, but no matter which country you Scatterlings of Africa find yourselves in, why not explore the resources I suggest to find Southern African war graves. In this … Continue reading

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Dirleton Cemetery

AS THE STARS THAT ARE STARRY IN THE TIME OF OUR DARKNESS TO THE END TO THE END THEY REMAIN. These words are the last two lines of Laurence Binyon’s poem To the Fallen and were chosen by his family for … Continue reading

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“A very dear polite old South African regular”

Unknown Warriors, the sequel to The Anonymous Diary of a Nursing Sister is out.  And the nurse is no longer anonymous. You can read about my attempts to identify her here. I’d pre-ordered the book, and received my copy today. … Continue reading

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#LestWeForget

This morning the Commonwealth War Graves Commission announced their #lestweforget social media campaign via Twitter. Their tweet gave me an idea about how to rescue from obscurity the South Africans whose deaths are commemorated in the UK, and for this I need … Continue reading

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D Day landings

Today, as Europe commemorates the Normandy landings, with the British commemoration focused on Bayeux War Cemetery, we remember Able Seaman John Barkley, who is buried there, and was killed 70 years ago today. At this point, the bulk of the South Africans on active service … Continue reading

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