I’ve heard of the word cenotaph and was aware that one existed at the corner of Rink Street and Park Drive. Apart from merely noting its presence whilst driving hither and thither to Varsity, I never pondered the meaning of the word. The odd ph letter grouping gives the hint that it has a Greek origin but that was about as far my thinking went. After all, there were far more important things to ponder as a young man. The truth is more revealing or shocking or startling, depending on how you look at it.
Main picture: Unveiling of the Cenotaph on the 10th November 1929
The three main war memorials in
the metro are all situated in Port Elizabeth viz: The Horse Memorial, the
Cenotaph in Rink Street and the Prince Alfred’s Guards memorial in St. Georges
Park. Of the three memorials situated in Walmer, only one is well-known.
Main picture: Cenotaph in Walmer
Port Elizabeth is home to a number of memorials which recognise the sacrifice of the men of Port Elizabeth in past wars.
This blog will only cover three of them starting with the least known, the Grey High School war memorial. Then I will cover the memorial of the Prince Alfred Guards and then finally the Cenotaph in St George’s Park.
Main picture: Unveiling of the Prince Alfred Guard’s Memorial