Tag: Wall of Remembrance

South African Defence Force Memorial: Fort Klapperkop

The South African Defence Force Memorial at Fort Klapperkop could probably be moved to the extinct category as it seems to have lost its reason for existing, being superceded by the SADF Wall of Remembrance at the Voortrekker Monument.

The Memorial was unveiled on 31 May 1979, and the casualty names are arranged in order of year and rank on plaques surrounding the central statue.

Unveiling Plaque

Unveiling Plaque

Dedication Plaque

Dedication Plaque

There are many more names on the Wall of Remembrance at the Voortrekker Monument, and that may be part of the problem.  This Memorial does not incorporate all the members of the SADF that lost their lives, whereas the VTM wall does.

Typical Name Plaque

Typical Name Plaque

Fort Klapperkop was one of four forts constructed in 1897 to protect Pretoria against attacks. It was handed over to the ZAR Government on 18 January 1898. It was surrendered to the British with the fall of Pretoria, and from then on were manned and armed until 1902 by the Imperial Army. The 4 forts were handed to the Defence Force in 1921 and declared National Monuments in 1938. Schanskop and Klapperkop served as military museums but they were closed in 1993 and the forts were purchased by the city council.

The Memorial may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates  -25.779524°, 28.210037°

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Updated: 06/01/2018 — 12:56

South African Defence Force Wall of Remembrance: Voortrekker Monument

Following the non recognition of members of the SADF by the so called “freedom park”, it was decided that a fitting tribute be made to the members of the SADF that lost their lives in service. The South African Defence Force Wall of Remembrance was offically unveiled at the Voortrekker Monument on the 25th of October 2009.

The Wall was erected to pay tribute to the members of the SADF who lost their lives in service of their country over the period 31 May 1961 (the coming of the Republic) and 27 April 1994 (the birth of the SANDF). It was made possible through private donations and contributions in kind and no state funds were used to this end.

The area by the Wall has also become home to the 32 Battalion Tree of Honour which commemorates those soldiers of 32 Battalion who lost their lives during the border war, as well as the newly found 31/201 Battalion Memorial. Recently a niche wall was erected for those members of the SADF who would like to have their ashes at the memorial.

The commemoration service is held on the Sunday closest to the 31st of May, and I have attended a number of these since the opening of the wall. I have seen the service grow in size and the interest being shown is heart warming.

As each year passes so the list of casualties becomes more complete, and the supplementary list becomes longer, and each year more people acknowledge this memorial for the sacrifices it represents.

There is also a Memorial to the Unknown Soldier at the Wall,and a wreath always gets laid at this silent sentinel.

Memorial to The Unknown Soldier

Memorial to The Unknown Soldier

Recently the wall dedicated to the Honoris Crux, Van Riebeeck Medal, and Louw Wepener Decoration was also added, and a number of holders of these decorations were present.

A plaque relating to the Mapai Incident is also at the wall, and there are niches for the “Ebo Four”

I have too many images to show them all on this page, so am adding in these random images of a special place that has become a home for ex-soldiers, and a source of comfort and recognition for the many families who lost their loved ones in the defence of the country.  The Wall may be found at S25°46.546,  E28°10.460.

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Updated: 06/01/2018 — 12:56

Cosy Corner Wall of Remembrance

The Cosy Corner MOTH Shellhole Wall of Remembrance.

When I originally saw what was left of the The Garden of Remembrance in Brakpan in 2007, I could just throw up my hands in dismay at what I then called “The wreckage of remembrance”.   In August 2008 I was informed that the name plaque which was on the memorial had been removed, little knowing that the story did not end there.

What was left of the "Garden of Remembrance" in Brakpan in 2007

What was left of the “Garden of Remembrance” in Brakpan in 2007

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 was able to visit the Shellhole in December 2011 and discovered a veritable museum that has come about at this Shellhole.

The new Wall of Remembrance at the Cosy Corner Shellhole in Brakpan

The new Wall of Remembrance at the Cosy Corner Shellhole in Brakpan

The former Roll of Honour

The former Roll of Honour

My primary target was the rededicated Wall of Remembrance, but there was so much more to see at this Shellhole, especially if you have an interest in Delville Wood.  These images are just a small portion of what I saw, and the Shellhole is worth a visit if you have an interest in veterans affairs or warfare. Special thanks must go to Joe Borain for taking his time out to show me around and accompany me on a gravehunting expedition in Springs.

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Updated: 05/01/2018 — 20:47
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