Johannesburg, Saturday 12th March 2022,
FALLEN GUNNERS REMEMBERED AT UNVEILING OF 1922 RAND REVOLT MEMORIAL
On Saturday the 12th March 2022, a memorial to commemorate the centenary of the Rand Revolt in 1922 was unveiled in Braamfontein Cemetery in Johannesburg.
This initiative by the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, Mrs Flo Bird and Mrs Sarah Welham and supported by the City Council, is to be commended.
The unveiling was conducted by Councilor Ronald Harris (MMC) and Clem Berry great, great grandson of Eleanor Berry caught in the cross fire, both of whom made short but informative speeches.
In 1922, the Transvaal Horse Artillery (now Sandfontein Artillery Regiment) lost two gunners to sniper fire at the Battle of Brixton Ridge. They were Gnr MLC Walsh and Gnr JT Perridge who are buried in Brixton Cemetery.
It is interesting to note that during this battle THA fired thirty four 13Pdr rounds and scored a direct hit on the school occupied by the rebels as they were then called.
A wreath was laid by the Chairman of the Transvaal Horse Artillery Heritage Trust, Major General (Ret) Roy Andersen. Other wreath layers represented the SAPS, SAAF,TS, RLI and the World Veterans Federation.
The ceremony was followed by a well researched guided tour of the relevant graves.