Fallen soldiers remembered

2017-11-23 06:01
PHOTO: Thami ka-nkosiLyall and Val Lloyd-Evans.

PHOTO: Thami ka-nkosiLyall and Val Lloyd-Evans.

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POPPY Day, or Remembrance Day, was observed by the Umbango Valley Association last Friday. The event started with a remembrance parade and was organised by the Rough but Ready Moth Shellhole.

It is a memorial day that has been observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of World War 1 to remember the armed forces who died during the war.

South Africa’s most famous battle in World War 1 took place in Sommes, France at Delville Wood. The battle lasted just six days from July 15-20, 1916 and of the

approximate 3 000 soldiers who entered the woods on day one, only 142 walked out alive.

The South African National Monument still stands at Delville Wood in memory of the 225 000 South Africans who died in the war.


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