Category Archives: Memorials

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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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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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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More on the McLarens with the promised Whitefoord update

Susie Hamilton, the enterprising and enthusiastic Fundraising and Marketing Manager at Scottish Veterans’ Residences, provided a warm welcome when, at her invitation, we were able to visit Whitefoord last week. Susie told us how, during 2014, brass memorial plaques to soldiers lost … 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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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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