SS Mendi Remembrance, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

SS Mendi Remembrance, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

When:
21st February 2019 @ 09:30 – 13:30 Europe/London Timezone
2019-02-21T09:30:00+00:00
2019-02-21T13:30:00+00:00
Where:
Noordwijk Algemene Begraafplaats
2201 TC Noordwijk
Netherlands
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Andrew Bergman
+31641549717
SS Mendi Remembrance, Noordwijk, The Netherlands @ Noordwijk Algemene Begraafplaats | Noordwijk | South Holland | Netherlands

Lest we Forget:

In the annals of Southern Africa’s military history, 21 February 1917 is a dark day. It marks the sinking of the troopship SS Mendi after it was rammed off the Isle of Wight, with the loss of 616 South African servicemen, 607 of them members of the South African Native Labour Corps: Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana; the names on the SS Mendi Roll of Honour reflect every corner of Southern African society, then or since.

Men from every corner of Southern Africa who embarked in Cape Town en route to support the Commonwealth war effort in northern France, where the First World War was raging.

Today, the anniversary of the SS Mendi disaster is aptly the day on which South Africa remembers her fallen soldiers. Throughout the country, parades and ceremonies will be held to commemorate those South Africans who made the ultimate sacrifice in wars across the globe.

Alas, only a fraction of the bodies of the SS Mendi casualties were ever found. Of those, 13 lie in the UK.

But another five SS Mendi casualties, namely, Private Abraham Leboche, Private Arosi Zendile, Private Sitebe Molide, Private Natal Kazimula and Private Sikaniso Mtolo, lie in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission section of the General Cemetery of Noordwijk, just north of The Hague in the Netherlands. Though neutral during the First World War, the Netherlands was not spared from hosting the casualties of a war that was fought within earshot.

Following successful events over the last few years, members of the South African Legion Europe Branch will gather in Noordwijk on 21 February at 10h30 to pay solemn respects to those who perished when the SS Mendi sank, as well as all South African Fallen in all wars since.

All are welcome. For organisational purposes, it would be convenient if you would register your attendance with the organiser andrewmbnl@salegion.org.uk

SA Legion Europe Branch
Provisional programme:

10h30: Muster in the cemetery car park https://goo.gl/maps/FvLFc3brCVy

11h00: Remembrance Service

11h30-12h00: Wreath and flower laying

Dress: Legionnaires requested to wear standard Parade Order: see https://www.salegion.org.uk/membership/dress-and-bearing/. Civilian guests are requested to dress to reflect the solemnity of the occasion.

Please feel free to share this far and wide among your friends and other interested parties. It would be useful if they mail their intention to attend to andrewmb@salegion.org.uk

Should you wish to lay a wreath or floral tribute on behalf of an organisation, please contact the organiser to be included in the official list. Individuals who wish to lay a personal tribute need not register. You will be afforded an opportunity to do so.


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