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ndee War Memorial

This memorial commemorates the men of Dundee and the surrounding areas who gave their lives in the cause of freedom during the 1st World War.

Their sacrifice is  remembered by an annual MOTH Parade at the memorial on 11th November.

Of particular interest is the name of Lt. Green who survived the Battle of Delville Wood, won two military crosses and was killed late in 1917.

Another person of interest is Brother Richardson, a local Mason and a Lieut in the South African Native Labour Corps, who drowned on the SS Mendi in February 1917 in the English Channel, together with 615 other men. 

The South African Native Labour Corps men aboard the ship came from a range of social backgrounds, and from all over South Africa and neighbouring territories.287 were from the Transvaal, 139 from the Eastern Cape, 87 from Natal, 27 from the Northern Cape, 26 from the Free State, 26 from Basutoland (now Lesotho),  eight from Botswana, five from the Western Cape, one from Rhodesia and one from South West Africa (Namibia). Most had never seen the sea before this voyage, and very few could swim. The officers and NCOs were white Southern Africans.

The MOTH order (Memorable Order of Tin Hats) was established in 1929 to remember the men and women who died in the Great War 1914–1918.

The MOTH memorial from Glencoe has been relocated to this garden and a number of memorials to remember the men and women from this area, in all theatres of war, have been installed here.