Be quiet and calm my countrymen…..
These photographs were taken on 17 December 2010 at Avalon Cemetery in Soweto.
Like so many memorials in South African this one is not too well known and I have been on the hunt for it for many years. I will be honest though, what I found was not what I expected, because it appears as if this memorial has been changed from when it was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 23 March 1995. There is a lot of scattered stonework behind the memorial that I couldn’t quite place, and I suspect there was some sort of flower garden around it.
I will however leave you to your own judgement as to this memorial, which is an important one for those who study military history in South Africa, and for those who seek to keep the memory of this tragic disaster alive, nearly 100 years after it happened.
I have an extensive collection of Mendi information on this webpage and that can be found on my Wreck of the Mendi page
This Mendi Memorial can be found at the Google Earth co-ordinates 26°17’23.34″S, 27°52’10.82″E
There are a number of Mendi Memorials in South Africa, and as time has passed the ship and its casualties are becoming more well known. Their sacrifice after all those years is finally being remembered.
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