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This memorial also serves as the national memorial to all those of the South African Overseas Expeditionary Force who died during World War I.
A total of some 229,000 officers and men served in the forces of South Africa in the war.
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The main inscriptions are in both English and Afrikaans.
Other inscriptions include the location of the South African campaigns (France, Flanders, West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Egypt, Palestine, the Sea).Of these, some 10,000 died in action or through injury and sickness, and their names are written in a memorial register that was kept at this memorial, and is now kept at the nearby museum.The campaigns commemorated here include the East African Campaign and other campaigns outside the Western Front, but the location of the memorial marks the role played by South African forces in the Battle of Delville Wood (part of the Somme Offensive), the first action seen by the forces of South Africa in Flanders and France.Over 1,200 people paid their respects at the unveiling ceremony, and Sir Percy Fitz-Patrick read out a message from Edward, Prince of Wales.Speeches were also made by Earl Haig, General Barbier, and General Hertzog. Two replicas of the memorial were made, both in South Africa; one in the Union Buildings in Pretoria, and one in Cape Town.The memorial was unveiled on 10 October 1926 by the widow of General Louis Botha. Others present were the Marquess of Crewe (British Ambassador to France), Leo Amery (Secretary of State for the Dominions), and the Prefect of the Département of the Somme.