Chief Henry Bokleni Ndamase and 670 men from R M S Mendi

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Reference WMO250862

Address:

St John the Evangelist Church

Newtimber, Sussex

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Bronze
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. There is a memorial here as the Governor General Of South Africa, Lord Buxton, lived in neighbouring Newtimber Place at the time. There is also a memorial in Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton This entry is made on the centenary of the disaster - February 21st.
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