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October 5, 2017
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Victoria Cross Remembered – 100 years later

On Sunday 17 September a commemoration was held for Major William Henry Hewitt VC at Sievers Punt in Hermanus. Major Hewitt received his Victoria Cross for valour he displayed on 20 September 1917 during the Battle of Delville Wood. He was serving in the 2nd South African Light Infantry at […]
October 5, 2017
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How I won the Victoria Cross – Story of Major William Hewitt

You can learn a lot by reading a description someone gives of the most important event in his or her life. This certainly applies to Major William Henry Hewitt who, almost exactly 100 years ago carried out an action during World War I that earned him the Victoria Cross, the […]
October 4, 2017

An Elephant Whisperer in Hermanus? The Story of Harold Langford-Browne

Another process of research, another unlikely link uncovered between Hermanus and events of world significance a long way away. This time it is the “Burma Campaign” that took place in the country we now call Myanmar between 1942 and 1945. It started with the Japanese invasion of Burma in preparation […]
September 28, 2017
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Aberdeen Street in history – 1870 to 2017

On 24 September South Africa celebrated Heritage Day. But regrettably, Hermanus has consistently destroyed its heritage of domestic residential buildings, most of which were in the fisherman’s cottage style. Not one of the streets in central Hermanus looks at all as it did originally, but Aberdeen Street is one of […]