Battle of Trekkopje

CENTENARY OF THE BATTLEOFTREKKOPJE 26 APRIL1915
Yesterday marked the centenary of the Battle of Trekkopje, a railway station some 75 kilometres from Swakopmund in Namibia, between the German and Allied Forces. The Allied Forces comprised mainly of Union Defence Force troops.It was one of the most important battles of the German South West African campaign of the First World War as after the battle the German forces went on the defensive until the surrender on 09 July 1915 North of Otavi. A memorial just outside Otavi marks the spot where the German forces offered their surrender which was later accepted by General Lois Botha. The Allied Forces included the following units:
2nd Regiment Transvaal Scottish
Kimberly Regiment
Witwatersrand Rifle
1st Rhodesia Regiment
Number 1 Squadron RNAS Armoured Car Division
South African Telephone & Postal Corps.Nine members of the Union Defence Force are buried in the Trekkopje Cemetery:
Captain F. Harrison. 7th Infantry (Kimberley Regiment).
Lieutenant W. M. Cameron. 8th Infantry (Transvaal Scottish).
Lieutenant F. Hollingsworth. Rhodesia Regiment.
Lance Corporal T. A Cameron. 7th Infantry (Kimberley Regiment).
Lance Corporal D. A. Filer. 7th Infantry (Kimberley Regiment).
Lance Corporal J. R. Wells. 7Th Infantry (Kimberley Regiment).
Private W. E. Anderson. 7th Infantry (Kimberley Regiment).
Private A. Lambie. 7th Infantry (Kimberley Regiment).
Private G. S. Reid. 8th Infantry (Transvaal Scottish).
There are also three German graves in the cemetery.

During a visit in January 2012 Alan Pateman-Jones, the then Director General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission labelled the cemetery the “most isolated cemetery in the Commission’s care”.

The Escarpment Shellhole of the Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTH) planned a commemoration event over the weekend of 24 to 26 April 2015.

The South African Agency of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is in the process of erecting new road signs indicating the cemetery as well as a visitor’s information panel at the cemetery.

Story for the South African Legion of Military Veterans by Charles Ross with photos by Charles Ross, the South African War Graves Project, McGregor Museum Kimberley and Google – Christian Stowasser.

Image by Michael St Maur Sheil

Article here


Search this Site

Next Event

Feb
21
Wed
2018
09:00 South African Armed Forces Day –... @ Algemene Begraafplaats
South African Armed Forces Day –... @ Algemene Begraafplaats
Feb 21 @ 09:00 – 12:30
South African Armed Forces Day - SS Mendi Remembrance, Noordwijk @ Algemene Begraafplaats | Noordwijk | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands
South African Armed Forces Day will again mark the anniversary of the loss of the SS Mendi with a wreath-laying ceremony at 10h30 on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 at the Algemene Begraafplaats in Noordwijk, the
Feb
24
Sat
2018
10:30 Three Ships Commemoration @ South African Cenotaph
Three Ships Commemoration @ South African Cenotaph
Feb 24 @ 10:30 – 11:30
Three Ships Commemoration @ South African Cenotaph | England | United Kingdom
The Three Ships Parade commemorates the loss of lives at sea, and pays homage to the SS Mendi, HMSAS Southern Floe and the SAS President Kruger, thereby recognising three significant periods in our history.
Mar
12
Mon
2018
10:00 Commonwealth Day Parade @ Common...
Commonwealth Day Parade @ Common...
Mar 12 @ 10:00 – 12:30
Commonwealth Day Parade @ Commonwealth Gates Memorial
Purpose: The annual celebration day for the Commonwealth of Nations, consisting of 52 member states, of which South Africa is a member.                      
Apr
7
Sat
2018
13:30 England Branch Q2 Social & Legio...
England Branch Q2 Social & Legio...
Apr 7 @ 13:30 – 18:00
England Branch Q2 Social & Legion Committee Meeting@ TBC
Purpose (committee meeting): All Branch members are invited to contribute in providing suggestions/feedback, or just listen to the quarterly update. Final event planning will also take place for one of our upcoming flagship events – scheduled

Shopping Cart

Loading...