South Africans at Delville Wood, Somme, July 1916

South Africans at Delville Wood, Somme, July 1916

The South African National Memorial is at Delville Wood because it was the site of the gallant action of the 1st South African Infantry Brigade from 15th-21st July 1916, where despite losses of two-thirds, it captured and then held the wood against determined German artillery and counter-attacks. "The six days and five nights on which the South Africans held the most difficult post on the British front, a corner of death on which the enemy fire was concentrated at all hours from all sides... constitute an epoch of terror and glory scarcely equaled in the campaign." John Buchan - The South African forces in France. The South African Brigade in France had other hard battles - at the Butte de Warlencourt on 12th October 1916, Arras and the Fampoux debacle in April 1917, and the last stand against the German Spring Offensive at Marrieres Wood on 23rd March 1918 - but for sheer doggedness, Delville Wood is the battle that is revered. (The CWGC remembers 11,352 South African First World War casualties.) There is an excellent website at delvillewood.com which lists all the men present at the rollcall on 14th July, and the equally impressive southafricawargraves.org gives much more information, usually including an image of each soldiers record card. (I've also included British soldiers from 64th Field Company R.E. and 28th Brigade Machine Gun Company, who fought alongside the South African Brigade.)

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  • South African Services 7062 Private 2nd South African Infantry Fought at Delville Wood

  • Born 1896

    South African Services 4733 or 4738 Private 2nd South African Infantry Wounded and captured at Delville Wood

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) 4738 Second Lieutenant Royal Air Force

  • South African Services 7944 Private 2nd South African Infantry Fought at Delville Wood

  • South African Services 4116 Corporal 1st South African Infantry Fought at Delville Wood

  • Profile picture for George Peters Haggis

    Born 1884

    Died 1916

    South African Services 5060 Lance Corporal 4th South African Infantry Wounded at Delville Wood

  • Profile picture for Edward James Ashdown

    Born 1896

    Died 1918

    South African Services 3053 Private 2nd South African Infantry Wounded at Delville Wood

  • Profile picture for John Norman Victor Middleton

    Born 1898

    Died 1917

    South African Services 3168 Lance Corporal 2nd South African Infantry Wounded at Delville Wood

  • Profile picture for Arthur Cecil Middlemost

    Died 1917

    South African Services 214 Sergeant 3rd South African Infantry Wounded at Delville Wood as a Private

  • Profile picture for John Osborne Medlin

    Died 1917

    South African Services 3179 Private 3rd South African Infantry Wounded at Delville Wood

  • Profile picture for David Botha

    Born 1896

    Died 1916

    South African Services 7307 Lance Corporal 1st South African Infantry "C" Company.

  • Profile picture for Valentine Mansergh Robinson

    Born 1897

    Died 1916

    South African Services 3932 Corporal 1st South African Infantry Fought at Delville Wood as a Private

  • Profile picture for Augustus Cowie

    Born 1881

    Died 1916

    South African Services 551 Private South African Infantry 2nd Regiment.

  • Profile picture for Claude Fitzgerald S Burton

    Born 1895

    Died 1916

    South African Services 1916 Lance Sergeant 1st South African Infantry "D" Company.

  • Profile picture for Martin Adams

    Died 1916

    South African Services 7464 Private 2nd South African Infantry Fought at Delville Wood

  • Profile picture for Clavell Monkhouse Blount

    Born 1880

    Died 1916

    South African Services 5600 Lance Corporal 2nd South African Infantry "C" Company.

  • Born 1895

    Died 1916

    South African Services 7992 Private 2nd South African Infantry Fought at Delville Wood

  • Born 1889

    Died 1916

    South African Services 2829 Private 2nd South African Infantry Fought at Delville Wood

  • Born 1889

    Died 1916

    South African Services 2129 Private 2nd South African Infantry Fought at Delville Wood

  • Born 1896

    Died 1916

    South African Services 8209 Private 2nd South African Infantry Fought at Delville Wood

  • Born 1892

    Died 1916

    South African Services 7063 Private 2nd South African Infantry Fought at Delville Wood