Category Archives: Second World War

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, however, … Continue reading

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There are many alternatives to displaying your #LestWeForget sheet in the vicinity of a War Memorial. You could, perhaps, trace out your #LestWeForget in the damp sand of a South African beach.  Were I there, I’d choose a False Bay beach—the nearer to Kalk … 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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