R M S Mendi

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Reference WMO250861

Address:

Hollybrook Cemetery

Tremona Road

Southampton

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Portland stone
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: R M S Mendi was transporting members of the South African Native Labour Corps to England when it was struck by the S S Darro in fog off the Isle of Wight. Over 600 Africans died and fewer than 200 survived. The captain of the Darro did nothing to help those in the water, claiming later that he could not see. His license was suspended for a year. This memorial forms part of the WW1 CWGC complex by the main entrance of Hollybrook Cemetery. Strictly speaking it is part of the memorial to men lost at sea, but I feel that they are entitled to their own commemoration.There is also a memorial in the churchyard at Newtimber in Sussex. This entry is made on the centenary of the disaster.
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