The South African
Military History Society

Die Suid-Afrikaanse Krygshistoriese Vereniging

Military History Journal
Vol 1 No 4 - June 1969

Military Memorials in St. George's Cathedral at Cape Town

In Volume 1 No. 1 of this Journal we published, on Page 39, a list of military memorials which had been stored in the undercroft at St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town for many years and which were, in consequence, not on view to the public. Mr. R. R. Langham-Carter, the Recorder at St. Georges had sent this list to the Society with an appeal for advice and/or assistance from interested parties which could possibly lead to the re-erection of these memorials. Readers will be interested to know that one of the Society's members, Mr. H. W. Kinsey, who has been in correspondence with Mr. Langham-Carter, has now advised as follows. We quote from Mr. Kinsey's letter to the Editor:

"Readers of the Journal might be interested to hear of further developments in regard to this matter. I wrote to Mr. Langham-Carter drawing his attention to the fact that certain of the memorials were mentioned and illustrated in Col. Sir James Gildea's book entitled For Remembrance and in Honour of those who lost their Lives in the South African War, 1899-1902, which I have in my library, and which indicated that these had been formerly erected in the Cathedral.
"In reply, dated 30th January, 1969, Mr. Langham-Carter thanked me for drawing his attention to Col. Gildea's book which he had now found and consulted. He advised that after pressure from him a committee had been appointed and the Cathedral had decided to bear the cost of re-erecting all memorials (including some non-military) lying in the undercroft. Mr. Langham-Carter had been authorized to have the work done and this had recently been completed."

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