Graves between the railway lines

I remember this cemetery from my young days travelling by train through Langlaagte to Mayfair. It is situated between the main lines and a spur that goes into the depot next to Langlaagte Station. Maintenance here does not happen very often, the grass on my trip was almost as tall as I am, and trying to get a sense of the extent of the cemetery was almost impossible. There are about 90 graves, of which I could positively identify about 30. Most date from the early 1900’s and there is one ABW casualty buried there.  
The weather that Sunday was not really good for grave hunting, it was a typical highveld Sunday, and the storm was brewing. I did not want to be caught out in the open with lightning around.  

I returned there on 10 July 2011 hoping that a fire would have cleared some of the grass and it had; sadly though, many of the graves uncovered had no markers, and while I could easily make out 10 graves I could not ID any of them, although I was able to document at least 5 previously missed headstones. The cemetery can be found at Google Earth co-ordinates -26.201210° 27.992552° Images of the graves may be found at the relevant eggsa entry 



I eventually made three trips to document this cemetery, and each time was able to add another grave, but without knowing the full extent of it, or having markers it was a difficult task, and of course I always ended up covered in blackjacks.


DRW  © 2011-2018. Images recreated 17/03/2016, link replaced 03/03/2018
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