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

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 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.

(1500 x 662)

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