Category Archives: First World War

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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In search of Corporal John Smith of Galashiels

In my post Gala Remembered  I was unable to do more than hazard a guess as to which of seven Smiths with the initial J, listed on the CWGC database as serving with the South African Forces, could be a … Continue reading

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Bernard Rissik (1892–1915)

Second Lieutenant Bernard Rissik, 9th (Service) Battalion, The Rifle Brigade Killed in action, 22 June 1915, France Bernard (“Barney”) Rissik has a connection with William McLaren,  the subject of two previous posts.  His paternal aunt, Anna Maria, married William’s maternal uncle, … Continue reading

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South Africa’s Roll of Honour for the First World War

Find My Past has released the South African Roll of Honour for the First World War.  The date range is given as “1914–1918”  so I set out to check whether those who died while on active service between 1 January 1919 … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday at Richmond 2014

This year, we picked a sprig of rosemary for each of the 39 graves and tied a (compostable) bow of red around each sprig. Over the past few months, I’ve been reading the men’s service records, and just when the act of placing the … Continue reading

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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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The SAMH at the Museum of Richmond

The Museum of Richmond’s current exhibition, 1914–1918: Richmond at Home and at War—Local Stories and their International Links, includes a display on the South African Military Hospital in Richmond Park.  I was asked to supply information on particular aspects of the … Continue reading

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