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A different kind of milestone this year: TWO South Africans!

The South African War Memorial in Richmond Cemetery is where my husband and I have been observing the two minute silence, ever since my incorrigible curiosity, led me to research the South African Military Hospital in Richmond Park. In this … Continue reading

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Keith Brennand MacWilliam (1921–1944)

117609V Lieutenant Keith Brennand MacWilliam, 34 Squadron South African Air Force, Killed in action, 16 October 1944, Poland. Keith MacWilliam was one of the 43 South African Air Force Crew killed in the extremely risky exercise of dropping supplies during … 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 Blue Death’—the influenza epidemic of 1918

The ‘Great Influenza Epidemic’ reached its height in the last quarter of 1918, though there had been a noticeable increase in influenza cases in the preceding year.  As the virus became more virulent, some patients developed complications, notably pneumonia or meningitis, for … Continue reading

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Between Bishop’s Pond and Conduit Wood

So, ardent walkers in Richmond Park, the best time to find the remaining signs of the foundations of the South African Military Hospital, is in the winter months. This is the view, on a fine autumn day in 2015, looking towards … Continue reading

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Gala Remembered!

Last month we travelled the length of the newly opened Waverley Line and broke our return journey to Edinburgh at Galashiels.  It was not until we headed back to the station  after visiting Old Gala House and Mungo Park’s Memorial that we noticed the town’s … 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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