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Title:'Tell England, ye who pass this monument': English-speaking South Africans, memory and war remembrance until the eve of the Second World War
Author:Lambert, JohnISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:South African Historical Journal (ISSN 1726-1686)
Volume:66
Issue:4
Pages:677-698
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:English-speaking South Africans
war
commemorations
memory
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02582473.2014.926971
Abstract:The article places remembrance in the context of the development of an English-speaking South African identity until 1939. It looks at the interconnectedness between identity and memory and traces the emergence of a group memory common to the majority of English-speakers and linking them to other members of the British diaspora, particularly in the other dominions. The way in which English-speakers commemorated and memorialised the wars in which they fought is the main focus, beginning with the Cape eastern frontier wars, the Anglo-Zulu War and the South African War. The article then concentrates on the commemoration and memorialisation of the First World War until 1939, examining the role of organisations such as the South African Legion of the British Empire Service League and the MOTHS and touching on the role of the patriotic associations, schools and churches. The emphasis is on the memorialisation of the battle of Delville Wood and the commemorations associated with Delville Wood and Armistice Days and the way in which the First World War reflected the continuing British identity of English-speakers as well as the growth of a South Africanist identity. The way in which honouring the fallen was linked to service and duty is examined. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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