Category Archives: Remembrance Day

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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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 “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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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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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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#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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