RECONCILIATION and REMEMBRANCE SERVICE
St John's cemetery is home to a number of graves of
soldiers who died in the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879 and also contains a
memorial to those soldiers. The 29th of August was the closest date
to the 125th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities, and was
therefore chosen for a special service of reconciliation and remembrance.
The service was attended by Prince M Buthelezi (representing the Zulu
forces) and Lt Col D Strawbridge of the British Peace Support Group who represented the British forces. Also attending were commanding officers of
the Natal Carbineers, Durban Light Infantry, Durban Regiment, Natal
Mounted Rifles and 1 Medical Battalion, as well as the Deputy Provincial
Police Commissioner. The SA Legion and a contingent of the MOTHS
were present, and the Highway Commando provided the Guard of Honour.
A moving service was held in the church, during which a military
historian, Mr Keith Archibald (right), spoke of the War, its origins and its
aftermath. This was followed by talks by Prince Buthelezi and
The congregation then moved in procession to the gravesite where,
prayers of blessing, wreaths were laid.