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PALMIETKUIL SOUTH WAR CEMETERY MEMORIAL

  • Country South Africa
  • Total identified casualties 123 Find these casualties
  • Region Gauteng
  • Casualties from Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: -26.2508, Longitude: 28.5186

Location information

This Memorial is situated in Palmietkuil South War Cemetery. From the N12 follow the signs to Springs. Follow 4th Avenue past the fire station and war memorial, then turn left into the R29 towards Secunda. After 8.5 kilometres turn left at the Aston Lake sign. Travel 1.7 kilometres and then turn left onto the track which leads to the cemetery.

History information

The compounds of the gold mine on Palmietkuil Farm were taken over by the Union Defence Force and used as the main training centre for the Native Military Corps. The centre was served by its own hospital.

The Memorial commemorates 121 members of the South African Forces who died during the 1939-1945 War and who lie buried in different parts of South Africa, in graves which could not be maintained.

The names are engraved on panels affixed to the Memorial Wall erected behind the Cross of Sacrifice in this cemetery. It bears the inscription, in English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Southern Sotho:

"THE MEN COMMEMORATED HERE GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY AND LIE BURIED ELSEWHERE WITHIN THE UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA"