RESTORATION PROJECT

The respraying of the GV1 gun at the Memorial in Potchefstroom will be completed in time for the filming of the Memorial Service on 7 May 2021. The respraying of the GV1 from the Old Command building on the Ventersdorp Road will follow shortly thereafter, as will the 40mm ADA gun at the Memorial. The wooden slats on the shields of the guns around the Memorial will also be refurbished in time for the filming.

Thanks to the Gunners’ Memorial Trust for these initiatives.

ZOO GUN

The Mayor of Johannesburg has agreed to unveil the Zoo Gun in June. Gnr Bloem is therefore working to a tight deadline and we wish him all the best.

REGISTER

Gnrs Hoole, van Antwerp and Andersen had a productive day on 17 April. The four guns at the Union Buildings were inspected and the Register updated. In addition 6 guns at the State Artillery Regiment (Green Magazine) were classified.

To date 200 guns out of the total of 460 on the Register have been inspected.

Gnr Baird has kindly made arrangements for the heritage guns in Kimberley to be inspected. Once this has been done, the remaining large area that needs to be covered is Cape Town. This will be addressed by Gnr Ashton.

6” Gun at Union Buildings

A start has been made with transferring the Register to a data base.

Stay safe!

Gnr Roy Andersen, Chairman, Heritage Gun Restoration Committee

19 April 2021