WAR MEMORIAL: FORT BEAUFORT

The town of Fort Beaufort, in the Eastern Cape, was established as a military post by Lt Col H.M Scott of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1822. It was named in honour of the 5th Duke of Beaufort, father of Lord Charles Somerset, then Governor of the Cape, and is situated at the confluence of the Kat and Brak Rivers. The War Memorial there takes the form of the Cross of Sacrifice, a simple yet effective memorial to those from the area who died during the First and Second World Wars.

Surprisingly, the bronze plaques and cross on this memorial are still in place – so many memorials and graves all over the country have been plundered by unscrupulous scrap metal thieves!

The Cross of Sacrifice was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield for the then Imperial War Graves Commission. It is mounted on octagonal base and takes the form of an elongated Latin cross on which a stylized bronze long-sword, point down, is fastened to the front. This form of memorial has been used in Commonwealth war cemeteries all over the world.

The surrounding area is fenced and, despite the drought, is reasonably well-kept. There is an unlocked entrance gate.

This has an interesting detail in the top corners, showing the ravages of time and benign neglect.

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11 thoughts on “WAR MEMORIAL: FORT BEAUFORT

  1. Ken jy die boekie: “The Diary of Iris Vaughan”? Dis die dagboek van die dogtertjie van ‘n Oos-Kaapse magistraat, rondom die oorgang van die negentiende na die twintigste eeu. Die inskrywings is aanvanklik in die tydskrif “The Outspan” gepubliseer en toe in 1958 deur die Central News Agency in boekvorm saamgevat. Heerlike leesstof, baie snaaks so uit die oogpunt van ‘n intelligente kind! Sy skryf oor haar pa se diens, onder andere in Fort Beaufort.

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