Guards - South Africa Cemeteries list

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    DURBAN (STELLAWOOD) CEMETERY
    • Country: South Africa
    • Locality: Kwazulu Natal
    • Visiting Information: The cemetery is open 7 days a week from 0700 to 1700. It is recommended that visitors consult the Secretary of the Commission's South African Agency as it can be difficult to locate the graves, especially the scattered ones.
    • Location Information: This municipal cemetery is the largest in Durban. It is situated at the top of Stellawood Road which interesects Umbilo Road. The majority of the graves are in the main military plot (Plot F) which has a Cross of Sacrifice in the First World War section and a Stone of Remembrance below the Second World War terraces.
    • Historical Information: Durban became a considerable hospital centre during the First World War; in May 1918, it contained No. 3 South African General Hospital, seven other hospitals and two convalescent camps, to which sick and wounded were brought from East African and other theatres of War. During the Second World War, Durban was the embarkation and disembarkation port, first for the East African and Abyssinian campaigns and later for those in the Middle East and Italy. A large military hospital operated at Springfield and hospital ships plied between the port and the theatres of war in the north. Operational flights in protection of incoming and outgoing convoys and general anti-submarine patrols were conducted from the airfield to the south of Durban City. Durban (Stellawood) Cemetery contains 193 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 491 from the Second World War. There are also 21 war graves of other nationalities and four non-war burials in the Commission's care. The Stellawood Cremation Memorial stands within the cemetery and commemorates 33 casualties of the Second World War.
    • No. of Identified Casualties: 707

    1. JONES, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2695564 06.04.1941
    2. RICHARDSON, JACK J GUARDSMAN 6TH BN. Grenadier Guards 2619400 27.07.1942
    3. SPIVEY, CHARLES C GUARDSMAN - Coldstream Guards 2648781 16.04.1944
    4. WALTON, ROBERT R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. Coldstream Guards 2658121 15.05.1941
     
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    JOHANNESBURG (WEST PARK) CEMETERY
    • Country: South Africa
    • Locality: Gauteng
    • Visiting Information: This large cemetery is still in daily use and is open between 07.00 and 17.00 daily. There is no problem in locating the military plot, but it is advisable to consult the Secretary, CWGC South African Office - Tel and Fax: (27) 12 663 7285 E-Mail: cwgc@mweb.co.za - or the cemetery office about the position of the scattered graves.
    • Location Information: Johannesburg (West Park) Cemetery is located 10 kilometres north-west of Johannesburg. From the N1 take DF Malan Drive in the direction of Johannesburg. The entrance to the cemetery is located 6.5 kilometres on the right. A sign indicates the route to the military plot. The Cremation Memorial is situated in the military plot directly behind the Cross of Sacrifice.
    • Historical Information: During the Second World War, there was a large military wing in the Johannesburg General Hospital and military hospitals at Baragwanath and Cottesloe. The Baragwanath hospital handled a large number of casualties sent from the Middle East. Flying training under the Empire Air Training Scheme was conducted on a considerable scale from the Baragwanath airfield. Further to the south-west at Lenz was the largest ammunition depot in South Africa. Johannesburg (West Park) Cemetery contains 617 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. There are also 21 war graves of other nationalities and seven non-war burials in the Commission's care. The Johannesburg (West Park) Cremation memorial commemorates 69 servicemen and women who were cremated in Braamfontein Cemetery in Johannesburg during the Second World War.
    • No. of Identified Casualties: 645

    1. RAMSAY, ALEXANDER HENRY RICHARD A H R CAPTAIN - Scots Guards 70727 19.08.1943
    2. WILSON, ARTHUR A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. Coldstream Guards 2658290 07.03.1943
     
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    PIETERMARITZBURG (FORT NAPIER) CEMETERY
    • Country: South Africa
    • Locality: Kwazulu Natal
    • Visiting Information: As the cemetery gate is often locked, it is advisable to consult the Secretary of the Commission's South African Agency or the local office of the Department of Public Works prior to a visit.
    • Location Information: This cemetery, which is owned and maintained by the Department of Public Works, is situated next to the Pietermaritzburg Prison. Proceed along Commercial Road, the main road, from the city centre in the direction of Hilton. Turn left into Victoria Street, travel 2 kilometres, turn right into Mayors Walk. After 900 metres turn left into Neville Road, travel for 600 metres then turn left into Ron Campbell and right into Eugene Marais which leads to the prison entrance and cemetery.
    • Historical Information: During the Second World War, a large transit and disposal camp was established in the Oribi Area close to Pietermaritzburg and this camp was served by the Oribi Military Hospital. A convalescent depot, was operated in the area of the country club in the hills overlooking the city. Pietermarizburg (Fort Napier) Cemetery contains 112 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and one from the First World War. There are also seven war graves of other nationalties and one non-war burial in the Commission's care.
    • No. of Identified Casualties: 121

    1. DUNN, GILBERT G GUARDSMAN - Coldstream Guards 2657570 25.06.1942
     
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