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Peter Elrick: They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.

WO1. Piet van Zyl (TAS Ret): In 4 hours time 35 years ago we lost 16 friends, may they sleep well. For the 173 survivors we are gratefull for the grace of Almighty. I have tears in my eyes & heart. We salute all,and the ship, lest we forget. Lofty e-mail me.

DK Pillay: What a tragedy to lose shipmates and friends. What a fantastic crew. Rip

Charl Starke: 35 yrs ... seems like the other day

John Richardson: when on TFB I took 8mm cine doing RASwith PK and PS, tried to get on PK

Garth Coetzer: Was at school with Robyn Myers. A nicer guy you couldn't meet. I think he took a lot of the flack for this tragic incident at the time. Events clearer now from this report. We will indeed remember those who lost their lives in the early hours of that morning.

Cherylynn Wium: As always on Sunday 18th I will be remembering those men lost at sea and giving thanks for those brave men who made it back. Never to be forgotten!

Cherylynn Wium: 37 years. RIP never to be forgotten

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Painting by Derrick Dickens, artwork by Theo Fernandes

On the 24th February the SA Legion UK will pay tribute at two ceremonies to the SS Mendi and the SAS President Kruger.

If you are able to attend you are very welcome.

24/02/2013 SS Mendi and SAS President Kruger Parades


Parade Order – Milton Cemetery:


Weather permitting the parade will be held outside, weather not permitting the sermon and messages will be done in the Chapel and the wreaths laid in a shortened outside service.

11:00 Parade Muster and drill Practice

  • Colours take position  behind Parade OC
  • Medal Parade for new recipients – march up, salute, step forward.  Step back, Salute – left turn, rejoin.
  • Colours join the squad
  • Dismiss

11:30 Parade Muster at the chapel and march to ceremonial site (lower path)

  • Halt  on the path below the row – colours take up position in the centre of the row
  • Message fromParade Commander on the SS Mendi
  • Sermon – reading, message and prayer appropriate to the men of the Mendi and the SA Labour Corps
  • Message from Lgr Peter Gillatt
  • Colours dipped
  • SA Legion Wreath placed
  • Roll call to the 9 SS Mendi casualties buried at Milton and individual wreaths are laid to each man by a member appointed in the squad – each man will exit the quad individually, march up – halt salute, step forward and lay wreath, bow, step back salute left turn and rejoin the squad
  • The Last Post played and Two minutes Silence
  • Act of Remembrance
  • Colours raised and rejoined
  • Squad march to the chapel
  • Dismiss

Parade Order – Portsmouth Memorial

13:00  Muster

  • Parade March to memorial and halt. Eyes front, Parade Commanders salute the memorial
  • Colours take up position
  • Introduction and call to worship – we come together Legion script
  • Message from Parade Commander – All serving men lost at sea
  • Bible Reading, Message and Prayer appropriate to all military disasters at sea in the modern era
  • Personal Message from Lgr Cameron Kinnear – SAS PK Survivor,
  • Colours Dipped
  • SAS PK Roll Call – Read by Lgr Cameron Kinnear
  • Wreath party to lay wreaths (SA Legion, SS Mendi and SAS President Kruger)
  • Act of Remembrance
  • Commitment and Dedication
  • The last post and 2 minutes silence
  • Colours raised and rejoin the squad
  • National Anthems (South African followed by God Save the Queen)
  • Eyes front memorial salute by parade commanders
  • Squad marched off and dismiss.