Historical buildings (1)

This monument is erected by the officers in…ah just read the inscription on the stone.

But seriously, it was built in memory of fallen soldiers during battles in the Anglo Boer War that took place around our town in Fort Amiel.  Yes, the links will tell you more if you’re that way inclined.

It’s a pleasure.

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  1. I believe the Boer War is written up in history books with slants that depend on which side the ancestors were on… However, my paternal grandfather was at Enkledoorn, Mahikeng, Kimberley, among other places… There are other places that I can’t read or find, e.g. Bamboo Creek (East Africa). He came home with malaria, which in those days wasn’t regarded as a “war injury” worthy of compensation. I hope it’s not too offensive my having ancestral blood that fought on the non-Boer side…

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    • I’ll forgive you, but only because you’re a brilliant writer.

      Technically I shouldn’t pick sides as my grandfather only arrived after the 2nd World War in South Africa. But I do speak “die taal” as my mother tongue. Therefore I’m slanting towards the Boers.

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      • From what I gather, I think we should learn to read more of the Boer perspective. It’s remarkably different (judging by what South African friends over here tell me) from the official British version. I can’t believe you’re bi-lingual. I’m in awe. My partner speaks 9 languages, and I can’t say “Bonjour” without getting corrected!

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  3. This memorial was located in the Fort Amiel Graveyard in years past. Atop the base (photographed here) was a tall stone obelisk. About 24 years ago a group of local boys smashed the upper section to pieces and desecrated other graves. They were arrested and all, bar the two younger boys, were caned at the local police station. The older boys received the strokes of the younger too. The surviving section of the memorial was placed at the newly restored Fort Amiel. The reason for the desecration – anti-English sentiment. It was as if the Anglo-Boer War was been relived.

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