These photographs were taken on 15 October 2011 at the Moth Memorial in Remembrance Square in Johannesburg. I actually had no idea that this existed, it is in a really obscure place that has become one of the forgotten areas of Johannesburg.
Many years ago the Memorable Order of Tin Hats (aka MOTH), had a large hall (and possibly their regional headquarters) in the building facing it, and it was a very popular venue for dances and functions.
Today it looks like a sad seedy hotel and as you can see from the pics, the memorial has become yet another forgotten icon of an organisation with an ever diminishing reason to exist, as the World War veterans pass on.
The Memorial is a three sided needle with the remains of insignia from the Air Force on one side, the wording “Ons Sal Gedenk/We Shall Remember Them” and a Tin Hat and half destroyed plaque on what I suspect was the front. Ironically the street is called Remembrance Street. Realistically it is now a taxi parking spot and a popular object to lean against after a few pints.
Remembrance Square may be found at Google Earth Co-ordinates 26° 11.918’S, 28° 2.437’E.
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