The Garden of Remembrance in Brakpan should rather be called “the wreckage of remembrance”. I am sure that when this memorial was built it was really impressive, but alas now it is a travesty. At the time of writing (November 2007) it did not appear that anything had been done there in years and that the memorial had been abandoned.
In August 2008 I was informed that the name plaque which was on the memorial had been removed. At the time I suspected that it had been stolen, but fortunately I did have images of it so the names were known.
On 13 November 2011, I was contacted by Joe Borain who explained that the name plaque had been removed from the derelict memorial and a new Wall of Remembrance was erected at the Cosy Corner Moth Shellhole in Brenthurst, Brakpan, and the plaque had been installed there. I visited the Shellhole to view the new wall in December 2011 and was able to photograph the newly built wall at the Shellhole.
From a derelict “garden of remembrance”, to a newly erected Wall of Remembrance. It goes to show what is possible given the right people at the right time. However, it is very sad that measures like this have to be taken to preserve the memory of those who sacrificed their lives in the two World Wars. Special thanks to Joe Borain for his assistance in this regard.
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