SS Mendi 2014

 

SS Mendi Parade – United Kingdom 2014

 

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The SS Mendi Parade in the United Kingdom was jointly hosted by The Friends of Delville Wood and the South African Legion – United Kingdom branch.
The parade was held on 23 February 2014 in Southampton, England – at the Hollybrook Memorial (which lists the names of the South African men lost on the SS Mendi)


Speakers

John McCabe – Friends of Delville Wood
Colonel ND Tshiloane – SANDF Deputy Defence Adviser
Legionnaire Peter Dickens – Chairman of the SA Legion UK branch

The sermon was led by John McCabe



Guests and wreath laying

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Southampton – Councillor Ivan White
South Africa: Brigadier General Sithabisa Mahlobo – SANDF
United Kingdom: Lt Cdr Lee Blackburn
India: Commodore Sandeep Beecha
Pakistan: Commodore Mustaq Ahmed
France: Lt Cdr Arnaud Valentin
Canada: S Lt Nathan Schnarr, A/S Lt Nicolas Denutte
Australia: Lt. Cdr Craig Lavers
New Zeeland: Lt Josh Aperahama
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Mr Bernie Doran
Friends of Delville Wood Mrs Cindi Paul Byrom
Royal British Legion – National Branches District – Mr David Street
Royal British Legion St James Branch – Mr Adrian de Villiers
Royal Navy Association – Shipmate Rod Fraser
African Quest poem read by Legionnaire Jeff Coleman
South African Legion wreath – Legionnaire Paul Duncan
Act of Remembrance read by Mr David Street – Royal British Legion


Standards present

South African Legion
Royal Navy Association
Fleet Air Arm Association
Royal Marines Association