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The Loss of HMT Mendi

Introduction.

Over !00 years ago, South Africa experienced a tragedy that was almost forgotten but for the dedication of many people and the oral tradition of a nation who ensured that the story would be told. 

The sinking of the troopship Mendi during World War 1 was a disaster in its own right. However, the way in which this disaster was conveniently forgotten is a tragedy which betrays the gallantry of those involved.

The troopship Mendi set sail from Cape Town on 16 January 1917 with members of the 5th Battalion, South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC) on board. Her final destination was La Havre; France, from where the call had come out for men to man the trenches and help fight in the ever increasingly bloody war on the Western Front. The men from the SANLC were mostly from the rural areas of the Pondo Kingdom in the Eastern Cape, and from the Transvaal in South Africa. They were not to be used as a fighting force and were forbidden to bear arms as there was a fear that they could revolt against military or civilian authority. Instead they were to be utilised as labourers digging trenches and performing other manual labour as well as forming stretcher bearer parties.

The ship.

The 4230 GRT Mendi (Official number 120875), was owned by the British & African Steam Navigation  Company Limited. which was part of Elder, Dempster and Company. She was 370 ft long with a beam of 46 ft and was built by Alexander Stephen & Sons, Glasgow. She was fitted with triple expansion steam engines that gave her a maximum speed of 13 knots.

The ship carried seven boats (6 lifeboats and a gig), providing a capacity of 298 people, as well as 46 life rafts each capable of supporting 20 people (920 in total). She served on the Liverpool to West Africa run until chartered by the British Government in 1916 and thereafter performed a number of trooping duties before this tragedy and was considered a well found vessel.

The ill fated SS Mendi

The voyage.

The ship was carrying 15 officers, 17 NCO’s and 802 members of the South African Native Labour Corps as well as 1500 tons of cargo and set sail under convoy for Plymouth. The SANLC men were quartered in the number 1, 2 and 4 holds. After calling at Plymouth she set sail for Le Havre on the 20th of February at full speed, escorted by the destroyer HMS Brisk. The weather was overcast, threatening mist with light winds and a smooth sea. However, after midnight the weather became thicker and speed was reduced until the ship was sailing at slow speed. The whistle was sounded  and a number of other ships whistles were heard. At 4.45 the escort signalled the Mendi and suggested that the slow speed made it difficult to keep station. The Mendi maintained her slow speed.

Isle of Wight, and St Catherines Point

Isle of Wight, and St Catherines Point

The Darro.

At the same time the SS Darro was inbound for the UK under the command of Captain  Henry Stump. She too was travelling through the same foggy conditions that the Mendi was. She was sailing at roughly 13 knots and her engines were on “stand by” but speed was not reduced. The ship was not blowing her whistle as laid down by the regulations. Lookouts had been posted on the ship but speed was not slackened.

Collision.  

At roughly 5 am, Captain Stump and his chief officer heard a ship’s whistle and saw a green light some 200 feet away and about a  point on the port bow. The order was given to stop engines and then full astern. The ship did not blow her whistle. The Darro ran into the hapless Mendi, striking her at right angles, damaging the bulkhead between number 1 and 2 holds where the troops were quartered. The Darro then backed out of the hole, presumably because her engines were now responding to the full astern command given shortly before the collision. She disappeared into the fog, leaving the Mendi to founder.

On board the stricken Mendi orders were given to lower the boats to the rail and the 4 whistle blast signal for boat stations was given. The boats were then ordered to be lowered to the water and to lie alongside.    

Tragedy.

It was the 21st of February, a day which will be remembered in legend and in heroism. Immediately the Mendi started to list to starboard and sink. The troops on board were mostly asleep in the troopdecks and the collision must have been a terrifying experience for men who were not used to the hazards of the sea, a number were probably killed outright in the collision, or were trapped when the ship started to sink. The Mendi had 25 minutes to live and that was not a lot of time to get on deck. It was obvious that many would never make it to safety and the legend of the Death Dance came into being.

The Death Dance.

Amongst those left on board the ship panic did not ensue. Instead a leader emerged: Isaac Wauchope. He called the men together and admonished them.

“Be quiet and calm, my countrymen, for what is taking place is exactly what you came to do. You are going to die… but that is what you came to do. Brothers, we drilling the death drill. I, a Xhosa, say you are my brothers. Swazi’s, Pondo’s, Basuto’s, we die like brothers. We are the sons of Africa. Raise your war cries, brothers, for though they made us leave our assegaais in the kraal, our voices are left with our bodies. “

And so those left on board removed their boots and stamped the death dance on the slanting deck of a sinking ship, far from Africa but united together as brothers and comrades in arms.

Joseph Tshite, a schoolmaster from near Pretoria, encouraged those around him with hymns and prayers until he died.

Many would perish from exposure that night and the resulting death toll was high. Of the 802 SANLC troops on board some 607 men of the South African contingent perished, as did 30 members of her crew. The Darro lay off not too far from where the disaster was unfolding, on board her the lifeboats were lowered to the rail and all hands were on deck. In spite of these preparations and the sound of voices in the water no attempt was made to investigate what had happened or to rescue survivors although 2 boats did reach the ship and survivors were embarked. She remained in the area until until just before 9 am. and then set sail for a Channel port (possibly Southampton or Potsmouth) where 107 survivors of which 64 were from the SANLC were landed. Other survivors were picked up by HMS Brisk. 

Model of the SS Mendi by Buddy Bacon, in Simonstown Naval Museum.

Model of the SS Mendi by Buddy Bacon, in Simonstown Naval Museum. Used with permission.

Report on the sinking of the Mendi. 

A board of inquiry was convened in July and August 1917 to ascertain the facts leading to the casualty, and the “Wreck report for Mendi and Darro 1917” may be downloaded at http://www.plimsoll.org/It does make for interesting reading, but the questions asked were strictly in line with ascertaining the facts and ensuring that there was no negligence under the regulations.

The report did decide on the following:

“(5) The collision was caused by the SS “Darro” proceeding at an excessive speed without sound signals when the weather was thick with fog. The loss of life was caused by the collision, by the “Mendi” taking a heavy list to starboard and foundering so quickly, by the lack of assistance from the “Darro” after the collision, and by the low temperature of the water. The loss of life at the moment of impact was due to the “Darro” striking the “Mendi” on the starboard side, in the vicinity of the fore troop deck, where a considerable number of the native labour battalion were quartered.”

“(7) The SS “Mendi” was navigated with proper seamanlike care. The SS “Darro” was not so navigated”

(11) Neither the loss of the SS “Mendi”, nor the loss of life , nor the material damage sustained by the SS “Darro”, was caused by the wrongful act or default of the master of the SS “Mendi”. The loss of the SS “Mendi” and the loss of life and the material damage sustained by the SS “Darro” were caused by the wrongful act and default of the master of the “SS Darro”. The Court suspends his certificate, no 017169, for 12 months from the date hereof; not so much because of his neglect to observe the said Regulations under war conditions, as because of his failure to comply with section 422 (1) (a) of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894. ”  

Aftermath. 

There is no doubt that there was a fair amount of “censorship” involved when it came to acknowledging the sacrifice of these soldiers and that the South African Government found it convenient to shunt the whole episode into a dark corner. However, it was wartime so a certain degree of censorship was to be expected.

It was even questioned whether the death dance even occurred at all. However, oral tradition has passed the story onwards through generations of Black South Africans and today it has become accepted that the death dance did occur and that these men died with valour. Recognition of their sacrifice was slow in coming and the 21st of February is often remembered in the African community as Mendi Day. Increasingly more people are taking up the call “Remember the Mendi” and each year more commemoration are held, attracting a lot of interest, not only in South Africa, but in the United Kingdom too. 

Those who did not come home.

The dead are remembered on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton,  The 17 panels of the Memorial which bear the names of the dead of the Mendi, were replaced in early 2007 to correct some linguistic inaccuracies in spelling of names. Working with various records and an expert in South African languages, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was able to correct the discrepancies which had been uncovered. The irony however is that the military personnel that died in this disaster are recognised by the CWGC, but members of the crew of the vessel do not qualify for war grave status as they were not killed in the line of duty. (Dieing while manning a troopship that sinks in a collision is not considered to be “killed in the line of duty”)

 

There are 9 Mendi casualties buried in Portsmouth at the Milton Cemetery in four double graves, and a single. These have been visited by members of the South African Legion in the UK, and I was fortunate enough to visit them as well.

The graves of Simon Linganiso, Smith Segule and Jim Mbombiya are to be found in Littlehampton Cemetery (UK) while Sitebe Molife  Abram Leboche, Arosi Zenzile, Natal KazumulaSikaniso Mtolo and an Unknown Soldier from the Mendi disaster are buried in Noordwijk General Cemetery in the Netherlands. Thomas Monamatunyu is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery in France while Jabez Nguza is buried in Hastings Cemetery in Sussex.

Scullion William Bernard Vivian Morris is mentioned on the Garston Parish Church War Memorial, while The Ferreira Deep Memorial in Trump Street, Booysens has the name of RSM T.K. Turner on it, who lost his life in the sinking of the Mendi, and lived very close to where I grew up as a child. 

In March 2009, after a long campaign by retired Major Ned Middleton, the Ministry of Defence finally agreed to designate the site of the wreck of the Mendi as an official war grave. Until Major Middleton’s campaign the ship was not granted war grave status in the UK. Major Middleton, of Outwell, Cambs, received written confirmation from Defence Minister Kevan Jones in March that his wish has been granted. The decision was to be formalised in the British Parliament later that year. (Reported in the The Telegraph of 18 March 2009.)

Memorials.

There are numerous Mendi references in South Africa, The Mendi Memorial, which is situated in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, was erected “In memory of the servicemen who lost their lives at sea when the troopship S.S. Mendi foundered near St. Catherine’s Point on the Isle of Wight”.

While at the Ga-Mothakga Recreation Resort, in Pitse and Tlou Street, Atteridgeville, there is a simple memorial which reads, “For those who know no grave but the sea.” 

Wreath laying ceremony 19/02/2012

Wreath laying ceremony at the Atteridgeville Memorial 19/02/2012

The Mendi Memorial at Avalon Cemetery in Soweto was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 23 March 1995.

Mendi Memorial at Avalon Cemetery

Mendi Memorial at Avalon Cemetery

Another memorial to the Mendi was unveiled in Cape Town. A sculpture, by local artist Madi Phala, represents a mock ship’s prow cast in heavy metal, sinking into the ground. In front of it are helmets, hats and discs, symbolising the men, officers and crew of the SS Mendi. A plaque simply reads “SS Mendi, S. African troopship, sank next to the Isle of Wight 1917 02 21”.

Located on an embankment on the Mowbray campus of the University of Cape Town, the site has significance to the Mendi, as it here, at the former Rosebank Camp, that troops of the South African Native Labour Contingent were billeted before embarking on the ill-fated SS Mendi for France.

A government notice issued on December 30 by the South African Heritage Resources Agency declared the Mendi Memorial on the University of Cape Town (UCT) sports fields in Rosebank, Cape Town, as a national heritage site. “The Mendi Memorial, located at the southeast corner of the University of Cape Town’s soccer fields, is a symbolic reminder of the South African lives lost on the steamship Mendi in 1917 and of the long-ignored and forgotten history of the South African Native Labour Corps,” said the notice issued by the Department of Arts and Culture. “It is a reminder of the role played by black South Africans in World War I and of the links these events have to the liberation struggle in South Africa. The University of Cape Town soccer fields were formerly the Rosebank Showgrounds which were used during World War I as the national assembly camp and depot for the South African Native Labour Corps. It was at this camp that all the men enlisted in the corps from all over South Africa and Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho assembled, were kitted out and received their basic training, and from which they departed to Cape Town harbour to take ship to France. For many of the men on the Mendi, this was where they spent their last night on South African soil.” http://heritage.thetimes.co.za/memorials/wc/ReverendIsaacWauchope/article.aspx?id=592885.
Sadly, the artist Madi Phala who created the original piece was murdered outside his home in Langa, Cape Town, in March 2007.

In 2014 the memorial, located on the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Lower Campus, underwent an extensive upgrade and now includes a retaining wall, roll of honour and interpretive plaque,

Memorial at UCT Lower Campus

Memorial at UCT Lower Campus

A representation of the loss of the Mendi may be found on the bronze panel depicting South Africa’s participation in various campaigns during World War I, at the Delville Wood Memorial in France. The panel is by Jo Roos. (New window 1487×620) and in 1986, a bronze plaque was unveiled at the Delville Wood memorial which portrays the sinking of the ship.

Bronze panel depicting South Africa’s participation in various campaigns during World War I

In the parish churchyard of St John The Evangelist, Newtimber, Sussex, there is a memorial plaque in memory of “Chief Henry Bokleni Ndamase” who perished on the Mendi. 

TQ2713 : Memorial to Chief Henry Bokleni Ndamase by Bob Parkes

TQ2713 : Memorial to Chief Henry Bokleni Ndamase by Bob Parkes

The Mendi Roll of Honour mentions a Henry Bokleni (7587) and Richard Ndamase (9389)  so this may be a typographical error that has crept in as a result of anomalies in the Mendi Roll of Honour.

There is also a Mendi Memorial at the Simonstown Naval Base. Image of the plaque is by Alta Griffiths and is used with permission

Today the bridge telegraph from the Mendi can be seen at the Maritime Museum, Bembridge, on the Isle of Wight.

Ship’s Bell.

On 28 August 2018, the bell of the Mendi was represented to the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, by Teresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The bell was recovered unofficially from the wreck during the 1980’s and given to BBC reporter Steve Humphrey in 2017 in a plastic bag at Swanage Pier, Dorset, after an anonymous phone call. It was then put on display at the Sea City Museum in Southampton. It is not known where the bell will be displayed in South Africa.

Warships.

The South African Navy has also accorded honour to those who died in this tragedy. One of the new Valour Class Corvettes was named SAS Mendi, while a Warrior Class strike craft has been renamed SAS Isaac Dyobha.

SAS Mendi in Port Elizabeth

SAS Mendi in Port Elizabeth

Remembrance.

On 23 August 2004, HMS Nottingham, representing the Royal Navy and SAS Mendi rendezvoused at the site of the wreck and laid wreaths in remembrance of those who lost their lives for their country and the allied forces. (for more information on this memorial service please visit MEMORIAL WREATH LAYING FOR THE SS MENDI AND HER CREW

In February 2017, SAS Amatola, sister ship to SAS Mendi, journeyed to the United Kingdom where she was joined by HMS Dragon in laying wreaths in the area where the Mendi went down, on board were selected family of some of the men that died on board.

For Bravery.

Order of Mendi for bravery

Order of Mendi for bravery

The South African  Government has also commissioned a medal, called “The Order of Mendi for Bravery”. The Decoration is awarded to South African citizens who have performed an extraordinary act of bravery that placed their lives in great danger, or who lost their own lives including in trying to save the life of another person, or by saving property, in or outside the Republic of South Africa.

The Mendi in the Visual Media.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission commissioned a 20 minute film called “Let Us Die Like Brothers” which was to be used as a teaching aid, highlighting the role of black soldiers in World War I. The film was due for release in South Africa in February 2007, the 90th anniversary of the sinking of the Mendi.
http://www.southafrica.info/ess_info/sa_glance/history/mendi.htm

In 2015, a new documentary was made by Sabido Productions entitled “Troopship Tragedy“, it is directed by Marion Edmunds. 

“A young storyteller, Zwai Mgijima, takes the burden of this story on his shoulders. While writing a play about the SS Mendi, he seeks answers from the old people who still live amid the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape to fill out the record of this tragedy. They tell him that they would like the bones of their ancestors returned for a proper African burial, otherwise they will find no peace.

Zwai embarks on a journey: he travels from rural Pondoland in South Africa to England to find the SS Mendi on the seabed. Joining forces with a diving crew Zwai intends to disturb the slumber of that watery grave and call the ancestors home. Featuring dramatic re-enactment and underwater filming of the actual shipwreck, the documentary shows how Zwai grapples to reconcile the senseless loss of life in a distant war with the need to placate his people who are still aggrieved by memories of a dark and disturbing tragedy.” 

 It is a very interesting piece and touches on the effect that the disaster had on the rural people of South Africa. I was able to view it on Vimeo 

Another film in the pipeline is due to start soon, and scripting has already begun. More information is available off their website 

More Recommended Reading.

There was not much written about the loss of the Mendi, like so many other wartime shipwrecks she had almost been lost in obscurity. However, as the years have passed more information has become available and the Mendi has become a very important part of our countries history. Today we know a lot more about the Mendi, but sadly very little about her crew and those who lost their lives in the disaster. Unfortunately recognition came too many years too late for the family of those who were lost in the disaster.

  • The definitive book is by Norman Clothier, entitled Black Valour – The South African Native Labour Contingent, 1916-1918 and the Sinking of the Mendi, (University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg, 1987), pp 96-8.
  • Men of the Mendi, South Africa’s Forgotten Heroes of World War I, by Brenda Shepherd, published by 30 Degrees South
  • One recent addition to my Mendi references is the poetry of the Xhosa poet and historian  Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi who wrote a very powerful poem about the Mendi, and the men of the SANLC. Unfortunately copyright precludes me from adding it in here, but it is worthwhile following the links to read it for yourself.  S.E.K. Mqhayi – A Call to Arms and The Sinking of the Mendi
  • The University of Wessex Archaeology has a comprehensive Mendi page at SS Mendi at Wessex Archaeology
  • An excellent perspective is presented by Ian Uys in his book: Survivors of Africa’s Oceans. (Fortress Publishers 1993), pp 38-48.
  • The Unknown Force, Black, Indian and Coloured Soldiers Through Two World Wars. (Ian Gleeson (Ashanti Publishers 1994)) also has a chapter on the Mendi.
  • Fighting their Own War: South African Blacks and the First World War by Albert Grundlingh (Ravan Press, Dec 1987) also covers the SANLC and the conditions in South Africa’s rural areas as well as reasons why men volunteered or were volunteered for service.
  • Dancing the Death Drill:  by Fred Khumalo (Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd 1 Feb. 2017)  is a fictional account of a man caught up in the Mendi disaster. 
  • It is well worth reading The Mendi Disaster by Murray MacGregor.

This page has slowly grown over the years, and as I found new articles I added in links to them, although in many cases I was never able to find out anything further on that particular branch of this tree. My own visit to Hollybrook was a very emotional one for me, and I am unlikely to forget it. One day I will still get to St Catherines Point, I have already reached Cowes…

Photograph of SAS Mendi courtesy of the SA Transport Website, photographs of the PE Mendi Memorial by Ronnie Lovemore. Image of Atteridgeville Memorial courtesy of Christopher Szabo. Image of Newtimber Memorial © Copyright Bob Parkes and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

© DRW 2007-2018.  (This is the post version) Updated 29/12/2013. moved to blog 26/01/2014. Updated 13/11/2014, replaced existing text with new version 23/02/2017, updated 30/08/2018.

Updated: 30/08/2018 — 06:10

HMT Mendi Roll of Honour.

The Roll of Honour for the Mendi is a very difficult one to reproduce, there are numerous anomalies in the list due to how many African names are written, pronounced, spelt and used. CWGC redid the plaques at Hollybrook in 2007 to address many of these anomalies, but there are still the inevitable errors in them. This version of the ROH came from the current CWGC listing, because quite a few typos and duplications crept into my original, even more so when I moved it to the WordPress platform. However do not accept this list as being the proper/only/official ROH, at this point even I doubt its accuracy. Special thanks to Terry Cawood who spent some time pointing out some of the errors, although according to him there are 175 differences between what CWGC has, and the official records. The problem is: how accurate were the official records? I have linked all the entries in my ROH to the individual pages at SAWGP for better future reference and am marking some anomalies by means of a (*number). This list below is based on the CWGC lists of deaths for 21/02/1917, South African Forces. The crew list is gleaned from the official wreck report of 2 October 1917 

Out of curiosity, the  home provinces of some of the casualties – Transvaal (287), Eastern Cape (139), Natal (87), Northern Cape (27), OFS (26), Basutoland (26), Bechuanaland (8), Western cape (5), Rhodesia (1) and SWA (1) so not all were from the Eastern Cape. There are 647 names on this list of which 30 are crew, 646 are Identified and 1 unidentified. 

HMT Mendi crew members lost in the disaster:


Raine, H. (28) 2nd Officer
Small, W. (21) 3rd Officer
Foster, W, (16). Deck Boy
Bowen, R, (16). Deck Boy
Nichol, J, (24). Fireman
Johnson, J. (21). Fireman
James, Tom. (19). Fireman
Brown, J. (23). Fireman
Cross, R. (43). Chief Saloon Steward
Harris, F. (25). Asst Steward
Evans, J. (33). Chief BR Steward
Bailey, JA. (56). Chief 2nd Cabin Steward

Hennessy, W. (42). Asst BR Steward
Holmes, A. (27). Asst Steward
Fargher, A. (26). Asst Steward


Bogie, W. (18). Asst Steward
Okill, H. (56). Cook
Oborn, W (38) Cook
Cooper, W. (35). Baker
Morris, V. (17). Scullion
Steel, AR. (54). Surgeon
Mole, H. (25). Telegraphist
James, Thomas. (41). Asst Cook & Baker
Fearnley, R. (46). AB
Carroll, WH. (36). Gunner
Johnson, D. (27). Fireman
Johnson, C. (30). Fireman
Thompson, S. (28). Trimmer
James, J. (25). Trimmer
Friday, SD. (23). Deck Hand

 

South African Contingent lost in the disaster:

ABRAHAM, ANDRIES 11164
ABRAHAMS, FRED 11163
ALIVENI, JIM 8911
BADE, GEORGE 9707
BADLANA, JOEL 10016
BALENI, LANGENI 11098
BANGANI, MXONYWA 9379
BASILIE, ISAAC 9170
BAY, JAMES 9294
BEKO, HENRY (or Harry) 9374
BETA (Neta), JACK 9164
BEYULA, WINDVOGEL 11070
BHAY, JIM 9260 (*3)
BOOI, JOHN 9690
BOTES, ANTHONY BENJAMIN 64
BOTHA, CHARLES HENRY 191
BOKLENI, HENRY 7587
BOVI, MKOKELI 10017
BUNGANE, FREDDY 11169
BUTITJIE, JOSEPH 9802
CHESA, ELIJAH 11170
COCKRELL, ARTHUR 37
DABANI, JIM 9241
DAKADA, BIKLENI 9377 (*1)
DAMPI, PIET 9203
DANKI, THOMAS 9215 (*4)
DANO, WILLIAM 9265
DEALIAHA, ANNANIYA 9754 (*5)
DENGESE, ALDUM 9567 (*2)
DINOKA, GEELBOOI 9780
DITSEPU, WILLIAM 9436
DYUSHANI, JOHN 10018
ELAND, PIET 11138
EMSLIE, SAMUEL
ETEA, PIET 11188
FIDYOLI, JOHN 11172
FORD, THOMAS ARTHUR 247
FRANCI, REUBEN 9956
FULE, STEPHEN 9261
GABAZA, WILLIAM 564
GABUTLOELOE, LUCAS 9708
GCINA, MANIE 9689 
GIJIMA, JOHN 8010
GILWENI, JIM TOM 9915
GOBIZITWANA, WILLIE 11206
GQWETA, HENRY 9928
GUMEDE, JOHN 11216
GWABU, JACK 9321
GWATYUSA, JACOB 9954
HENDRICKS, JAMES 9943
HENDRICKS, WILLEM 11132
HLANGWENI, MTATI 11161
HLATSHWAYO, FISHI 11126
HLOPE, ZANEMPI 11120
HOLOANE, FRANCIS 11171
HOMELANE, WILLIE PAMPIRI 9289 (*7)
JACK KLEINBOOI 9263 (*8)
JACKSON, ABRAMS 9803 (*9)
JACOBO, ISAAC 9695
JAMANGILE, JIM 8892 (*10)
JANTOLE, JOSEPH 8900 (*72)
JOHNSON, WILLIE 8913
JONAH, 10593 (*12)
JONAS, JIM 9710
JONGILANGA, PANSTI 9390
JUBILE, LAWRENCE 11045
KABI, SIMEON 10964
KGAKANE, JAN 9441
KAKELA, MAC 9154 (*13)
KALE, KARL 9818
KALI, HAMILTON 10021
KALOTO, SIMON 9418
KANA, MALI 11176
KARISHI, CHANGE 9146
KASHANE, JAN 9176
KASHANE, JAN 9147
KATAZA, JOHN 9686
KAZAMULA, MOSKIEN 9626
KAZAMULA, WILLIE 10931
KAZIMULA (KAZOMULA), NATAL 9623
KEPISA, JACK 10374
KEPSIZE, JOHNSON 9848
KETSBAI, HELON 9905
KGADILE, KLEINBOOI 9820
KGANA, JOHANNES 3703
KGATJANE, LUCAS 11144
KGOBOSEMANG, KLEINBOOI 9740
KGOSI, ISAAC 9211
KGUPA, LONGONE 9425
KHAILE, ROBINSON 11173
KGOANAMUTSI  MAPIPE 9429 (*16)
KHOLOPANE, DOVEY 10960
KLADI, JOHN 9578 (*15)
KNAGGS, ROBERT 262
KOALANE, JOSIAH WALTER 10896
KOKOTO, JONAS 9398
KOLONG, SIMON 9822
KOLUBA, SAM 9406
KOOPMAN, JAN 9293
KOPANE, JAN 11048
KOZAMULA, CAPTAIN 9447
KULA, HLONGWANA 11088
KUMALO, LIGEGEDHLA  9556 (*74)
KUMALO, MAGWALA 11112
KUNENE (GUNENI), CHARLIE 9685 (*75)
KUSE, JOHN 9785
KUTSHWAYO, JAMES HENRY 5969
KWIKANYE, JACK 9290
LEBEKO, CHARLIE 9415
LEBOCHE, ABRAM 11056
LEFI, ISHMAEL 11141
LEGOABE, STEPHEN 9763
LEGWALE, CHOLOFELO 3274 (*17)
LEKAU, ALFRED 9188
LEKAU, JOHN 1256
LEKGOLI, SOLOMON 9733
LEKHOTO, JOHN 1791
 LEPERO, GEELBOOI 9829
LEPHETHE, DAVID JOB 11196
LESELE, CORPORAL 9664
LESETJA, JAN 11063
LESHAGE, WILLIAM 10947
 LESIBA, DANIEL 10369
LESIBA, JAN 10384
LESIBA, JOSEPH 9186
LESIBA, SIMON 10371
LESIBANA, JIM 10364
 LESITJA, CHARLIE 10373
 LESITJA, MARTINUS 9908
LESOALE, JOHANNES 11192
LETAU, KAREL 9286 (*18)
LETEBELE, NAMATSHAN 9748
LETEBELE, POND 9155
LETOATOA , LUCAS 9659 (*19)
LIFA, JOHN 11477
LIKGOLE, SEBOLAI 9947
LIKGOLI, DAVID 9946
LINGANISO, SIMON 10020
LITHABA, MITCHELL 9761 (*20)
LIWELA, FRANS 12951
LOUW, PIET 11137
LUHLONGWANA, KONI 9580
LUPUTINI, JACOBUS 9255
MAAIAANE, JIM 9562 (*21)
MAAKE, JOSEPH 9140
MAAKE, SAUCEPAN 9142
MABASO, ZULA 11122
MABILA, CHARLIE 9126
MABITSELA, WILLIAM 9775
MABURURU, ABRAHAM 9125 (*22)
MACAMBI, MAREYAMA 9794 (*23)
MacTAVISH, ROBERT ALEXANDER 93
MADIKIZELA, TATANI 9388
MADIMETJA, JACOB 10383
MADODA, KLAAS 9643
MADOSI, ROBERT 8910
MADUBANYA, JACK 10365
MADUME, BOTHA 9124
MADUME, FRANS 9189
MADUME, JACK 9174
MADUME, JACK 9408
MADUME, JIM 10949
MADUME, KLEINBOOI 9185
MADUME, MACKSON 9420
MADZIBANA, FRANS 9631
MAIFADI, EPHRAIM 9576 (*35)
MAFIKA, DANIEL 9371
MAFILIBA, MTNYEDWA 9243 (*24)
MAGADI, DANIEL 562
MAGAGAMELA, ALISON 8356 (*25)
MAGAJU, HLONGWANA 11092
MAGALELE, JAN 9446
MAGGISI, SITINI 11079
MAGOBA, ISAAC 9195
MAGUDULWANA, HLONGWANA 11093
MAGWEGWANA, HLONGWANA 11105
MAHALADI, WINDVOGEL 11067
MAHARO, STEPHEN 9544
MAHLABA, WHISKEY 9629
MAHLENTLE, RICHARD 9773
MAHLOAPITSENG, KLAAS 10965
MAHLUDI, ISAAC 11154
MAHUTU, CANTEEN 9149
MAKALIMA, ROBERT 9288
MAKAMBA, BLORO 9198
MAKASHA, JIM 3021
MAKATINI, NONGQAYI 9558
MAKATU, KLEINBOOI 11181
MAKAYE, NDABANA 11215
MAKELENI, KIMBERLEY 9688
MAKHOHE, JAN 8967
MAKILITSHI, PARAFIN 9117
MAKOATEDI, MACK 9193 (*26)
MAKOBA, MAJUTA 10002
MAKOE, JACK JANTJIE 11185
MAKOLE, BENJAMIN 9839
MAKOPANE, FRANK 9897
MAKUDU, JOHANNES 9898
MAKWANE, JACOB 9857
MAKWENA, JOSIAS 9400 (*27)
MALAGWANA, TITI 9271 (*34)
MALEBOGO, JACK 9427
MALEMUTLE, CHARLIE 9119
MALESELA, JAN 10363
MALGAS HLANGA 9932
MALI, MAC 11069
MALUSI, CHARLIE 10381
MALUSI, FRANS 12382
MALUSI, LUCAS 10366
MAMBOLO, JOHANNES 11065
MANDUBULE, DICK 10027
MAMUNYANE, BERNARD 9285 (*28)
MANEKA, JACK 10375
MANGALISO, HLONGWANA 11090
MANGAPELA, PIET 11150
MANGCAS SAM 9248 (*29)
MANGE, WILLIAM 9709
MANGISE, JOHN 9669
MANGOLOANE, JACOB 8997 (*30)
MANGQE, TIMOTHY 8876
MANGWANA, JAN 9162
MANGWANE, HLATSHWAYO 11101
MANTSUPI, JACK 9426
MANZANE, BEN 9635
MAPALALA, KEVE 11121
 MAPARANA, CHARLIE 9136
MAPHESA, WILLIAM 9563
MAPHETU, HOSIAH 11066
MAPHOTO, HARRY 9826
MAPULANE, SAMSON 9433
MARCH, MARTINUS 11135
MAROFULA, JACOB 11057
MAROLE, WILLEM 9138
MASADE, ELBERT 9757
MARTINUS, JOHANNES 9295 (*11)
MASALENI, JERIMIAH 9927
MASEKO, WINDVOGEL CAPTAIN 11071
MASHALIE, JAMESON 9411
MASIA, DICK 9432
MASIKELA, WILLIAM 9173
MASILO, TRANSVAAL 9782
MASINA, TAWENI 9238
MASINDE, JONAS 9518
MASINDI, GEORGE 9237
MASOLING, JULIUS 11167
MATEBULA, PIET 9358
MATHLANA, AARON 9287
MAJOLA, JAN 9565
MATLALA, JOHANNES 11190
MATLALA, PICENNIN 11186
MATONSI, JAFTHA 9806
MATSANG, ABEL 9751
MATSHANA, HEZEKIAH 9924
MATSHE, MARCUS 9852
MATSHILANE, ANDRIES 9661
MATSUBANE, FRANS 10370
MATSUBANE JIM 10368
MATUME, FRANS 9357
MATUME, MOSES 9760
MATUPU, THOUSAND 9133
MATYALA, RICHARD 9798 (*31)
MAZAKU, GWAVUMA 9381
MBATA, ALBERT NKOMEMPUNGA 9913
MBEDLA, ISAAC 9931
MBIKWA, SAM 11140
MBIYAZWE, JIM 9199
MBOMBIYA, JIM 9373
MBUZI, MZINGELE 9382
MCANYANA, RUSSEL PALMER 9792
MCITSHWA, JOHN 9768
MDATA, SOLOMAN 11075
MDINGI, OLIFAS 8893
MDLULI, JIM 11060
MDUNA, EDWARD 9770
MDUNYELWA, JULY 9922
MEHLOMANE, SILWANYANA 9242
MEKGOE, HERMAN 9253
MENZA, JOHN 9658
MGIDI, BILLY 11204
MGINGANA, KOZA 11099
MGOTOYE, PETRUS 9670 (*32)
MGWENA, SOLOMON 9784 (*33)
MHLANGA, NDUKWANA 11118
MIJANA, WILLIE 9831
MKEZO, MPOTYANA 9394
MKOHLA, JOSEPH 10012
MKOMAZI, FRANS 9152
MKOMAZI, JIM 9627
MKONI, JOHN 9256
MKUNGURI, JIM 9717
MLAHLEKI, JAIL 11155
MLANDO, HLONGWANA 11086
MLONYENI, ROBERT 9386
MNCEDANA, MELVILLE 7601
MNYIKINWA, LONGONE 11055
MNYELISO, GAMA 9652
MOATSE, JOSIAH 8991
MDYOGOLO, MNYELISO 9651
MODEBA, THEOPHILUS 9194
MODIKENG, GOODMAN 11151
MODISANE, JAN 10899
MODISE, DAVID 9204
MODISOATSILE, GEORGE 9721
MOEATA, PETRUS 9783
MOENG, SAMPSON 9945
MOFOKENG, KOOS 10953
MOGALOBUTHA, KLAAS 9183 (*36)
MOGOROSI, BENJAMIN 10433

MOHALE, JACOB 9177
MOHASE, WILLIAM 9660 (*37)
MOHAU, WILLIAM 9128 (*38)
MOKATAKISA, HENDRICK 10963
MOKGELELI, AARON JILI 9333
MOKGOSI, AARON 9370
MOKGWERE, SAMUEL 9743
MOKHALI, SIMON 10956
MOKHAPO, MAC 9129
MOLABI, AMOS 9156
MOLELEKOA, TITUS 9819
MOLIFE, ANDRIES 11194
MOLIFE, LINESA 9269
MOLIFE, MOSMITI 9268
MOLIFE, SITEBE 9267 (*39)
MOLISANYANE, ANDRIES 9951
MOLOI, KLEINBOOI 9797
MOLOI, PHILIP 11189
MOLOYI, MREKI 9557
MOLOYI, MTITIMANA 9275 (*40)
MONAHELA, EDWARD 10959
MONAKE, JOHANNES 9825
MONAMATUNYU, THOMAS 9191 (*41)
MONGOLOGA, JOSEPH 9700
MONTSO, MICHAEL 11152
MONYAKO, PHILIP 9835
MONYELE, ELIAS 9368
MORASHE, JIM 9401
MORE, PINEFAS 10434
MOROLONG, WALTER 11178
MOSHE, MOSES 9132
MOSHIMANE, JACK 10377
MOSITSI, AMOS 9739
MOTAUNG, JACOB 9950
MOTEBANG, ELIAH 10962
MOTELA, JACK 9187
MOTHEI, JAN 9741
MOTHLAKANE, LETSIE 9838
MOTUBI, PETER 7210
MOTSOAHAI, MPALAKELA 10957
MPAFULANE, EDMUND 9366
MPATU, SIMON 9437
MPAYIPELI, CHARLIE 9249
MPEE, JOHANNES 9901
MPETE, JAN 9687
MPINI, MABANE 9393 (*69)
MPOA, JOHN 9724
MSESENYANE, JAN 9632
MSHOTI, JOHN 563
MSIMANGO, LUBARO 9270
MSIYA, LEMU GALIMINI 9647
MTEMBU, MSWELA 11109
MTIRARA, JOHN 9385
MTOLO, SIKANISO 9999
MTOMBENI, ABRAHAM 9560
MTSHOTSHISA, GABAYI 9939
MUDUNGAZI, JULY 9638
MUHLABE, CHANGE 9440
MUHLUBA, JOEL 9252
MUKOPO, ANDRIES 9171
MUKOSANA, CHARLES 9143 (*42)
MUKOTLE, FRED 9168
MULAMU, DAVID 9163
MUNANI, MUKALE 9419
MURAPE, JIM 9430
MUROA, JACK 11149
MUTANJWA, DANIEL 9236 (*43)
MVELE, JERELE MAZALEMVULA 9646
MVULA, JONISENI 11108
MYAMANA, VERANDAH 9622
MZAMANI, JIM 9279
MZAYIFANA, ALFRED 11207
MZIMANE, JOHANNES 9677
MZONO, JOTAMA 11072
NAFURA, DAVID 9644
NAKEDI, JACK 9141 (*44)
 NAPANE, CHARLIE 9421
NCOTELE, LITYE 9862 (*45)
NDABA, PIKITI 11128
NDAMASE, RICHARD 9389
NDANISE, BALLEN 9641 (*46)
NDEYA, JAMES 9795
NDHLOVU, ISAAC 9529 (*71)
NDIKI, SAMUEL 9859
NDLAKUHLE, NZULU 8022
NDUNA, WILLIAM 11056
NEPHTALE, TSUSA 11145
NGADE, BEN ELIAS 11061
NGAKE, ENOS 9749
NGATE, CANTEEN 9148
NGATE, PICANNIN 11054
NGCENGE, DURWARD 9771
NGCOBO, PINDELA 9272
NGCOBO, VINCENT PANZI 9319 (*47)
NGESI, WALTER 9910
NGQOTOZA, ZILANDANA 9653
NGUZA, JABEZ 9202
NGWAHEWA, JAN 9637
NGWANE, GEORGE 9698
NGWANE, JAMES 9654
NINI, GEORGE 11253
NKAKULENI, SLY 9407
NKENI, BANANA 9665
NKHEREANYE, LUKASE 5743
NKOANE, PETER 7277
NKOMANDI, KONISAROS 9639 (*48)
NKONYAMA, DANIEL 9118
NKUNOANA,(NKUNWANA),  JACK 9212
NKWAMBENE, CHARLES 9634 (*49)
NKWENKWE, JOHN 9889
NODOLO, SQUIRE 9772 (*50)
NOKWELO, MAKALI 7067
NOMVABA, CHARLIE 9207
NONGWE, JOHANNES 10024
NTABENI, PICANINI 9716
NTETE, FRANS 9139
NTINDILI, CHARLIE 8891
NTOPI, PIET 11187
NTORO, KLEINBOOI 3711
NTOZAKE, HONONO 8912
NTSALUNTSALU, ZONDO 11097
NTSHANGASE, DICK MQITSHA 9914
NTSHETSHA, MBALELA 9383
NTSIENG, BULLAR MARTINUS 9575
NTSUTSWANA, THOMAS 9938
NUKULA, BEN SYDNEY 11051
NXAZONKE, MLUNGU 9934
NYAMBANA, KONISH 9636
NYATI, SAMUEL 9283
NYONANE, EBENEZER 11205
NZIBA, JOHN CLOUT 11177
OLIBENG, FANWELL 9216
OLIJN, PIETER 11131
OLIPHANT, PIET 11166
PALA, ALEXANDER 9851
PAMBILI, JAMES 11052
PAPETJI, JOHANNES 10378
PASILE, RADOMA 9175
PASOANE, AMANDUS OUPA 11146 (*51)
PASOANE, WILLIAM 9850
PAUL, PETRUS 9296
PAULUS, DOLF 11133
PERIKE, EPHRAIM 9597
PETELA, KLEINBOOI 9923
PETULA, STEPHEN 10906
PHAKULA, SIMON 9953
PHALADI, BOB 11046
PHITI, TOM 9179
PHOHOPHEDI, THOMAS 8329
PIETERS, ISAAC 11162
PIETERSEN, PAULUS 10900
PIKASHILA, STEPHEN 9793
PINYANA, NODYIWANA 8020
PISANI, MATTHEWS 9151
PITSO, ANDRIES 9911
PITSO, JAN 9718
PLAATJE, THOMAS 9657
PLAATJIES, MALGAS 9711
POKO, PHILIP 9824
POKWANE, FRANS 9399
PONYOSE, KOOS 11059
POTO, JACOB 9667 (*73)
PUGISO, DAVID 9251
PULANA, PHILEMON 11047
PULE, LAZARUS 9834
PUPUMA, JOHN MADELA 8907
QABA, EDWARD 9648
QAKALA, JAN 10013
QUVALELE, PARAFIN 10022
QUZULA, CHARLIE 10928
QWEBE, CAWOOD 9909
RABATJI, JAN 11064
RADEBE, JAMES 9376
RADZAKA, LUCAS 9781
RAKAU, FRANS 11179
RAKGOKONG, JOHANNES 11062
RAMOHO, CHARLIE 9130
RAMAKALANE, TITUS 11193
RAMAKHUTLE, GERSON 8992
RAMAKOKO, MODISE 8990
RAMARUMO, FREDERICK 9668
RAMASI, RABINTO 9746
RAMASITA, JOB 9902
RAMATEA, JOSEPH 11143
RAMATHODI, GEORGE 9896
RAMEDEKOANE, THIJS 9001
RAMKOSI, GEORGE 9833
RAMOPO, LUKAS 8996
RAMOSHIELA, NICODIMUS 8994
RAMOSOLE, ABEL 9000
RAMPOMANE, AARON 11184
RAMPUNYE, JAN 9736 (*52)
RATILULU, SAMUEL 11147
RATSHOGO, GILMORE 10897
RESINALI, PICANIN 9625 (*53)
RICHARDSON E H 
RWAIRWAI, JERRY 9694
SAMELA, WOLOBILE 9197
SEATHLANE, SELEPE 10954
SEBADI, SAMUEL 9944
SEFAKO, GEELBOOI 8999
SEFAKO, JIM 9671
SEGULE, SMITH 9122
SEKAKAILA, RICE 9412 (*54)
SEKAOALEBA, WILLIAM 9755 (*55)
SEKONYELA, GEORGE 9816
SEKORO, JOSIAH 11142
SEKOTE, STEPHANUS 11191
SEKWIDI, JAN 9779
SELANI, JIM 9192
SELLO, SETH 9907
SEODI, GREEN 9397
SEOPELA, GEORGE STEPHANO (*56)
SEPALELA APRIL 9417
SEPOSO (SIPOSO), WILLIE 9392 (*57)
SEREWE, JACKSON 9728
SETLOKO, PHILEMON 11180
SHEBESHEBE, JACK 10379
SHIKAMBA, JACK 9445
SHILETANE, BOSSBOY 9137
SIBALABALA, TIMOTHEUS 9210 (*58)
SIBALELA, JIM 9240
SIBISI, JACOBUS 9817
SIBIZO, EDMUND 11240
SIBOLAYI, SAMPSON 8993
SIFAKU, KLEINBOOI 10948
SIGIDI, HLONGWANA 11085
SIKOTA, THEODORE GEORGE 11202
SIKWAYO, BEN 11157
SILIKA, MOLEFI 9266
 SILOSENI, JONAS, 9244 (*59)
SILWANE, FRANS 9121
SINQANA, JULY 11203
SITEBE, MQOBO 11107
SITLAKO, KOOS 8995 (*60)
SITOLE, CHARLIE 10912
SITOLE, MGQIKI 11116
SKHABI, HERMANUS 11182
SKIP, JIM 9428
SMITH, ROADWAY 9656 (*61)
SNELE, KOPAUL 9666 (*62)
SOKA, ANDERSON 9892
SOLANI, MEJI 9655
SOMATSHUNGU, TOM 9805
SOMGEDE, WILLIAM 9800
SONGCA, LUVAKUVA 8879
STUNGA, JAMES 9280
SUPING, ABRAHAM 9744
SUPING, JOHANNES 11049
SWARTS, JAN 11130
SWARTS, SAM 11129
TABUDI, JACOB 9854
TAKISI, FRANK 9181
TAMASINYA, JOHANNES 9590
TAMBU, PETER 11168
TANKOBONG, ZACHARIAH 9742 (*63)
TANONI, PHINEAS 11153
TETANI, STYLE 9920 (*64)
THANTATHA, JULY 11165
THEBEAGAE, CHARLIE 9753
TINAPANE, BILLEM 9745
TIYA, PERCY 9706
TLABURE, ELIAS 11183
TLADIYAMOTSE, MICHAEL 11076
TOKHAE, JAN 9134
TOTWANA, HLONGWANA 11094
TSAMAYA, JACOB 9246
TSASE, JOHN 10950
TSEHLANA, JACK 10372
TSHABALALA, KAYSI 11102
TSHABANA, WILLIE ELIJAH 9555
TSHANGE, NGQAKAMATSHE 11091
TSHEKOSI, KLAAS 9680
TSHENENE, CHARLIE 9860
TSHIKARI, PAUL 11174
TSHITE, JOSEPH 10431
TSHOMULOKAE, PAUL 9702 (*65)
TSHOTSHA, HLONGWANA 11110
TSHULO, ABRAM 9758
TSULE, SOLOMAN 9434 (*66)
TUBE, JACKSON 9259
TUMBERI, JIM 9630
TURNER, THOMAS KING 34
TYILO, JOHN 11198
TYWALANA, JEREMIAH 9649
UNKNOWN SOLDIER
UTUNI, FRANS 9776
UZININGO, JANTSHI 9926
VIMBA, COLLIS 9650
VOSS, PHILLIP 7229
VOVELA, JOE 10929
VUTULA, CHARLES 9801
WAUCHOPE, ISAAC WILLIAMS 3276 (*67)
WILLIAMS, FREDDY 9714
WILLIAMS, HENRY 9292
YINGWANA, JOHANNES 9640 (*68)
ZAMBEZI, HLONGWANA 11096
ZATU, JOHN 9937
ZENZILE, AROSI 9375
ZIMUKE, MASHAYA 11068
ZITONGA, MONGAMELI 8021
ZINYUSILE, EDWARD 11158
ZONDI, SOLOMON VILI 9299
ZONDO, MAGIDA 11103
ZONDO, MUFAKABI 11114
ZONDO, PUKWANA 11115
ZULA, APRIL 9247
ZWANE, SIKONYANA 11087
ZWANE SUKWANA 11089

 

Corrections and amendments: (Feb/2017)
(*1) Should read Bokleni Dokoda
(*2) Name reversed on Hollybrook Memorial
(*3) Surname incorrect on Hollybrook Memorial (should read Bhay not Bhayi)
(*4) Name incorrect on Hollybrook Memorial (should read Danki not Dankie)
(*5) Surname spelt incorrectly on Hollybrook Memorial
(*6) Name incorrect on Hollybrook Memorial (should read Gcina not Geina)
(*7) Name incorrect on gravestone (should read Homelane not Tlhomelang)
(*8) Name reversed on Hollybrook Memorial
(*9) Name may be reversed
(*10) May be 8872
(*11) Name may be reversed
(*12) No further information on names
(*13) Name incorrect on Hollybrook Memorial (should read Kakela not Kakele)
(*14) Name incorrect on Hollybrook (should read Kaskane not Raskane)
(*15) Name may be Tladi and not Kladi
(*16) May be Khoanamutsi
(*17) Names should be Cholofelo not Steven Lucas, service number is 3274 not 3174
(*18) Initials on headstone KK, 
(*19) Name on headstone incorrect (LETOATOA not LETWATWA)
(*20) Name on record is (MITCHELL not MICHELE)
(*21) Correct name for Memorial, (Not Masiane but Maaiaane)
(*22) May be MABURUBURU
(*23) May be MARIYANA instead of MAREYAMA
(*24) Should read MTNYEDWA not MNTUYEDWA
(*25) May be MAGANGAMELA
(*26) Name incorrect on Hollybrook (should be MAKOATEDI not MAKWATEDI)
(*27) May be MOKOENA instead of  MAKWENA 
(*28) Name should be MAMUNYANE not MONONYANE
(*29) Name should be MANJEZI not MANGCAS
(*30) Name should be MANGOLOANE not MANGOLWANE 
(*31) Name should be MATYALA not MATJALA,
(*32) Name should be MGOTOYE (MGOTOYI)  not MGOYOYE,
(*33) Name should be MOKOENA not MGWENA 
(*34) Name should be MALAGWANA (MALANGWANA) not MABAGWANA
(*35) Name should be MAIFADI not MAFADI
(*36) Name should be  MOGALOBUTHA (MOJALABUTHA)not MAGALOBUTHA
(*37) Name should be WILLIAM not VELLUM
(*38) Name should be MOHAU not MOHOWE 
(*39)Name should be MOLIFE, not MOLIDE
(*40) Name should be MTITIMANA  not NTIKIMANA
(*41) Name should be MONAMATUNYU not MONAMATUGA,
(*42) Name should be MUKOSANA not MAKOSANA
(*43) Name should be MUTANJWA not MUTINJUWA
(*44) Name should be NAKEDI not NATEDI
(*45) Name may be reversed (ie: LITYE, NCOTELE, 9862) and number may be 9062
(*46) Names may be NDAMISE not NDANISE, BALLEN (*46) 
(*47) Name is PANZI not PANTSI
(*48) Name is KONISAROS not KONISARS
(*49) Name may be NKWAMBENE or NKWAMBENI
(*50) Name may be NODOLO or DODOLO
(*51) Last name may be AUPA
(*52) Name should be RAMPUNYE not RAMPUNVE
(*53) Name should be RESIMALI (RESAMALI) not RESINALI, PICANNIN 9625 (*53)
(*54) Name should be SEKAKAILA not SEKAKAILE
(*55) Name should be SEKAOALEBA not SIKAWULEB
(*56) Correct names are: SEOPELA, GEORGE STEPHANO, 9413 (*56)
(*57) Correct names are: SEPOSO (SIPOSO) not SIPOSA, WILLIE 9392 
(*58) name should be SIBALABALA, not SIBALABULA
(*59) Names reversed and spelt wrong should read SILOSENI, JONAS,  not JONAS SALUSENI 9244
(*60) Name should be SITLAKO not  SITLARO
(*61) Names were reversed. SMITH, ROADWAY not ROADWAY, SMITH 9656
(*62) Name should be SNELE, KOPAUL not KOPANE, SNELE 9666
(*63) Name should read TANKOBONG not TANKABONG
(*64) Name should read TETANI, STYLE 9920 not SETANI, 
(*65) Name should read  TSHOMULOKAE not TSHOMOLOKSHE
(*66) Name should read SOLOMON not SOLOMAN
(*67) Name should read WAUCHOPE, ISAAC WILLIAMS Not  DYOBHA, ISAAC WAUCHOPE 3276
(*68) Should read YINGWANA not ZINGWANA, JOHANNES 9640
(*69) Name order incorrect. Should be  MPINI, MABANE 9393 
(*70) Name should be MANGWANE not MANDWANE HLATSHWAYO 11101 
(*71) Name should be NDHLOVU not NDLOVU, ISAAC 9529 
(*72) Name should read JANTOLE not YANTOLE, JOSEPH 8900
(*73) Name should be POTO not, PAYO, JACOB 9667 
(*74) Name should be  KUMALO,  LIGEGEDHLA ZACHARIAH 9556 not  SIGEDEDHLA, ZACHARIAH 9556
(*75) KUNENE (GUNENI) not GUMENI, CHARLIE 9685 (*75)

 

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Updated: 05/01/2018 — 20:50

The Mendi Memorial at Avalon Cemetery in Soweto

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

Unveiling Plaque

Unveiling Plaque

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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Updated: 05/01/2018 — 20:50
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