Canada wants to help identify mystery Zululand grave

2015-11-12 09:11
Dr JC van der Walt beside the gravesite. (Photo supplied)

Dr JC van der Walt beside the gravesite. (Photo supplied)

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Durban - The High Commission of Canada has stepped forward with an offer to help trace the descendants of a fallen Canadian soldier whose grave was discovered in thick bush in Zululand.

News24 reported on Monday that a grave hidden away in the bush of the Enseleni Nature Reserve for almost a century remains shrouded in mystery.

- Read more: Canadian soldier's grave unearthed near Richards Bay

The headstone, once hidden by nature and fallen branches, reads "Cameron – Canadian, laid to rest in 1901".

Local historian Dr JC van der Walt is on the case, trying to track down the descendants of Cameron.    

"It remains a mystery," he told News24.

An offer of assistance came on Wednesday from Colonel John Mitchell, a Defence Adviser from the High Commission of Canada.

"I saw the article regarding the grave of a Canadian soldier located near Richards Bay and the work being done by Dr JC van der Walt to find descendants of the deceased," Mitchell said.

"It is very touching to find out this information on November 11, Remembrance Day, a national holiday at home to honour our veterans both living and dead.

"I am not sure whether Dr Van der Walt has established contact with Canadian military officials who are responsible for war records.

"I would be happy to act as a contact point with our archives and historical staff in Canada to see whether more information might be available on the individual, though it is admittedly difficult due to poorer record-keeping in those days."

If you know more about this, please contact the News24 reporter at jeff.wicks@24.com.

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