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THABA TSHWANE (OLD NO.1) MILITARY CEMETERY

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Country:
South Africa
Locality:
Gauteng
Identified Casualties:
264

Location Information

The road gate is often locked and the keys may be obtained from the Military Police in Thaba Tshwane.

Travel through Thaba Tshwane and out past the old 1 Military Hospital in the direction of Krugersdorp. The entrance to the old military cemeteries is on the right just past the turn off to Valhalla. The cemetery is just to the left of the road leading from the entrance.

Visiting Information

The graves are grouped in a 1914-1918 area and a 1939-1945 area and these are easy to locate, but there are several scattered graves in a sometimes not well maintained area and it is advisable to consult the Secretary, CWGC South African Agency about their position - Tel and Fax: (27) 12 663 7285 E-Mail: cwgc@mweb.co.za

Historical Information

Thaba Tshwane (previously known as Voortrekkerhoogte and prior to that, Roberts Heights) was established as a garrison town by the British after the Anglo Boer War and taken over by South African Department of Defence after Union in 1910. It was and still is an important military town with many units and schools of the Army, Air Force and Medical Services.

No.4 South African General Hospital and No.1 Convalescent Camp were posted at Roberts Heights during the First World War. During the Second World War, No.110 Military General Hospital operated in Voortrekkerhoogte.

Thaba Tshwane (Old No.1) Military Cemetery contains over 130 Anglo Boer war graves and 161 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 103 from the Second World War. Among these casualties is the Commander of the 1st South African Division, Maj-Gen Dan Pienaar, C.B., D.S.O., and members of the divisional staff who were killed when the aircraft in which they were returning to the Union shortly after the Battle of Alamein crashed at Kisumu, in Uganda during December 1942. Their graves are all marked by headstones cut from the dark blue/grey Bon-Accord granite.