The South African
Military History Society

Die Suid-Afrikaanse Krygshistoriese Vereniging

Military History Journal
Vol 4 No 3 - June 1978


Notes, Questions and Replies


3. Battle of the Falkland Islands

The account of the Battle of the Falkland Islands by Lt-Cdr A.G. McEwan, RN, (Retd), (Vol 4, No 2, Dec 1977), page 65, mentions the remarkable sight of a full-rigged ship sailing through the battle area. This story is well-known among tales of the last of the sailing ships, the vessel being the Spangereid. I believe she was Norwegian registered and therefore neutral.

Less well-known is the fact that her remains lie at the bottom of James Bay, the anchorage at the island of St Helena. A few years after the Great War she was outward bound from England with a cargo of coke which caught fire in her holds. She was breached off the West Rocks at Jamestown where she sank in fairly shallow water.

The writer went diving over the wreck some fifteen years ago and could recognize many features of a large iron sailing ship.

Robert H. Johnston

4. War medals awarded after fifty years

Eighty year old Commandant Paul Gauvin visited the Republic in 1968 to explain how the Association of which he was president, ‘Les Soldats de la Marne’, issues medals to veterans of the 1914-18 Marne River battles, and was able to recommend the award of the Marne medal to a number of South Africans.

The names and addresses of organisations that may grant medals to ex-servicemen who served on any of the respective battlefronts in either of the world wars are listed below:

Those who might qualify for any of the above awards should write direct to the organisation concerned, requesting application forms for the association’s medal. The completed forms must be returned together with full details of the applicant’s service on the particular front, plus a fee for the medal. If the award is approved, a medal and certificate of award are issued. Miniature medals are also available.

Commander A. J. Bateman, SAN


4. Cape Corps

I am researching the origin and development of the Cape Corps with special reference to the role of the education corps and the army correspondence scheme. (An historical-critical survey of the period 1795-1977). I shall be glad to receive any information concerning the origin of the Cape Corps and information which would help me establish the role played by the education corps and the army correspondence scheme.

Willie R. Hoods

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