Tag Archives: South African War Graves Project

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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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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Find South African War Graves

In this post I’m focusing on the UK, because that’s where I am based, but no matter which country you Scatterlings of Africa find yourselves in, why not explore the resources I suggest to find Southern African war graves. In this … Continue reading

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Dirleton Cemetery

AS THE STARS THAT ARE STARRY IN THE TIME OF OUR DARKNESS TO THE END TO THE END THEY REMAIN. These words are the last two lines of Laurence Binyon’s poem To the Fallen and were chosen by his family for … Continue reading

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“A very dear polite old South African regular”

Unknown Warriors, the sequel to The Anonymous Diary of a Nursing Sister is out.  And the nurse is no longer anonymous. You can read about my attempts to identify her here. I’d pre-ordered the book, and received my copy today. … 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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