28 November 2017
Menin Gate Lions return to Australia after seven months in Ieper
The famous Menin Gate Lions were officially handed back to Australia at a special Last Post ceremony yesterday, after resuming guard at their former home in Ieper for this year’s centenary commemorations.
The CWGC cemetery containing the graves of First World War poets Lance Corporal Francis Ledwidge and Private Ellis Humphrey Evans – better known as Hedd Wyn – is being restored a century after their deaths.
Today, 21 February, marks 101 years since the sinking of the SS Mendi and is also South Africa’s Armed Forces Day. The sinking was one of the worst maritime disasters in British waters, and among the darkest moments of South Africa’s war. The number of lives lost was second only to the casualties suffered by the South African Brigade at Delville Wood during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.