Canadian soldier's grave unearthed near Richards Bay

2015-11-10 19:26
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Durban - The grave of an unknown Canadian soldier - hidden for more than a century in the bush of the Enseleni Nature Reserve near Richards Bay - has been unearthed.

The headstone, 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.

"I was asked to accompany a game ranger into the wilderness at Enseleni to look at this old grave.

"It was covered by tree branches and only bears a name, nationality and year of death."

The headstone bears another inscription, which indicates the grave was relocated in 1950.

"My guess is that the grave was initially in the path of the road or the railway line that was constructed from the Tugela to a coal mine in the early 1900s," Van der Walt said.

"In 1899 in the spirit of patriotism for the British Empire, Canada sent 7 368 troops to fight in South Africa and the first contingent left in November 1900 when all was said and done," he said.

"Quite a number remained in the country to pursue their own careers or join the constabulary.

"Unfortunately, my effort to find Cameron was unsuccessful because only the names of those who were killed [in service] were kept," Van der Walt said.

If you know more about this, please contact Jeff Wicks: jeff.wicks@24.com.

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