This war memorial is set in the centre of the Eastern Cape town of Tarkastad, which was established in 1862.
It was originally erected in honour of the men who from the area who died during the First World War.
The roll of honour:
There is not a great deal of information easily available about these men:
Private Herbert Gordon Levey, the son of George John and Mary Emma Levey, served in ‘D’ Company, 2nd regiment of the South African Infantry. He died on 30th April 1918, aged 18, and is buried in the Esquelbecq Military Cemetery in France.
Although Frank is a common diminutive for Francis, it is uncertain whether the Frank M. King named on this memorial is Second Lieutenant Francis King, the only son of James Francis King of Bedford in England and Alexandrina Louisa King of Rondebosch in South Africa. He too served in the South African Infantry and died on the 12th April 1917, aged 22.
William (Willie) Philipson Stow, the son of John and Margaret Stow of Gwelo in Southern Rhodesia, died on the 10th October 1918, aged 23. He is buried in the Tincourt New British Cemetery.
Private Vernon Frost Cockin, the son of Francis Hayward and Elizabeth Maria Cockin, of Waverley, South Africa, died on the 20th October 1916, aged 25. He is buried in the Warlencourt British Cemetery.
I couldn’t find information about P. van Heerden.
Second Lieutenant Austin Rampf served in the South African Infantry and died on the 12th October 1916. He is buried in the Thiepval Memorial Cemetery.
Private Eric Newton King, the son of Robert Newton King and Esther Rebecca Gladwin of Elizabeth Farm in the Bedford District, was born on 7th February 1896. He was a member of the 4th Battalion of the South African Infantry and died on 15th December 1916 in Frevent, Arras in France, where he is buried in the St. Hillaire cemetery.
Private Norman Victor Mundell, served in the South African Infantry and died on the 11th August 1916. He is buried in the Taveta Military Cemetery.
Second Lieutenant John Hugh Edward Hughes, the son of John Henry and Alice Hughes of Cradock, Eastern Cape, served with the 156th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery and was killed in action on the Western Front on the 10th July 1917.
Although I have not illustrated it, this memorial also includes a roll of honour for those who died during the Second World War.