In the course of our work we have found many interesting
facts that you might be interested in
- There are 79 countries that have war graves or names on memorials
of South African & Rhodesian service people.
- The top ten countries in terms of numbers have 90% of the total we
require to complete this project.
- The country with the most South Africa war graves is South Africa
with 6763. This figure does not include British, Canadian, Australian,
New Zealand, India, Other Nations and Non-World War graves. Nor does
it include the graves from the Boer War, Rand Revolt, Angola-Border
War and numerous other conflicts. This figure could only go up. Currently
this figure represnts 27.2% of our total requirement for this project.
- Seven countries have one grave each
- Nine countries have 2 graves each
- Six countries have 3 graves each
- Three countries have no graves but rather names on memorials, Botswana,
Congo (Dem. Rep.), and Lesotho.
- 27 of the countries that require completion are on the African continent.
- There are at least 1686 cemeteries and 79 memorials to photograph.
- The top five countries with the most cemeteries and memorials to photograph
are: South Africa, France, Egypt, United Kingdom, and Italy.
- The youngest male casualty from WW1 is:
HEUDICOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY - Somme
ROSS, Private, DAVID S. U., 11322. 2nd Regt. South
African Infantry. Died of wounds 25th March 1918. Age 14. Son of Mr.
C. G. and Mrs. S. J. Ross, of Room 15, 218, Arcida Mansions, Johannesburg.
At 14 years and 3 months, Pte. Ross is one of the youngest soldier's
killed in the 1914-1918 war
The youngest male casualty from WW2 (three way tie) is:
BLOEMFONTEIN (IN MEMORIAM) CEMETERY - Free State
HARVEY, Private, B P F, 180404. Special Service
Battalion, S.A. Forces. 26th August 1940. Age 15. Son of H.H. Harvey
and Viola I.A. Harvey, of Bloemfontein Plot P. Grave 652
THABA TSHWANE (NEW) MILITARY CEMETERY - Gauteng
BROWN, Private, C, 545230. Physical Training Battalion.
4th May 1943. Age 15. Son of G. W. Brown and Molly Brown, of Pretoria
FOORD, Private, HENRY, 545281. Physical Training
Battalion. 6th July 1944. Age 15. Son of James W. Foord and Susanna
J. Foord, of Pretoria Grave 295
The youngest female casualty from WW2 is:
POTCHEFSTROOM MILITARY CEMETERY - North West Province
VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, Private, STELLA, W/161308. Women's
Auxiliary Army Services, S.A. Forces. 29th August 1943. Age 16. Daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. van der Westhuizen, of Bank
- The worst day for the South Africans in WW1in terms of casualties
was on 21st February 1917 when the H.T. Mendi sank after a
collision with the Darro, 616 men drowned.
- Of the 346 British Commonwealth soldiers executed during WW1, 5 were
South African. One was executed for treason, one for desertion and three
for the crime of murder.
- MORE TO COME!