Franschhoek has four casualties listed on the Commonweath War Graves Commission (CWGC) Register.


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Casualty Report listing casualties in our Computer database, for who we record a reference to ‘Franschhoek’ in the ‘Additional Information’ section.

YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Commonwealth War Dead (1914-1918)
VAN SCHALKWYK, Private, CAREL HENDRIK BAUMJRATS, 10687. 4th Regt. (Inf.)., South African Infantry.

Killed in Action 11 April 1918. Age 25. Son of Mr. G. P. and Mrs. I. H. C. van Schalkwyk, of Mountain View, Franschhoek, Cape Province. Grave Reference: Panel 15 – 16 and 16A.

Commonwealth War Dead (1914-1918)
WENTZEL, Private, VINCENT ARDERNE, 16344. 2nd Regt., South African Infantry.

Died of wounds, 22 March 1918. Age 20. Son of C. D. Wentzel and A. A. Wentzel, of Franschhoek, Cape Province. Grave Reference: III. A. 5.

CAPE TOWN (MAITLAND) CEMETERY, Western Cape, South Africa
Commonwealth War Dead (1939-1945)
VAN WYK, Private, JACOBUS, 118281. 1st Reserve Brigade, S.A. Forces.

24 August 1943. Age 45. Husband of M E van Wyk, of Franschhoek, Cape Province. Grave Reference: Mil. Allotment. Grave 96389B.

FINGHALL (ST. ANDREW) CHURCHYARD, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Commonwealth War Dead (1939-1945)
BARRY, Flying Officer, NATHANIEL JOHN MERRIMAN, 72514. 501 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Killed in Action 7 October 1940. Age 22. Son of Richard Alan and Gladys Isobel Barry, of Keer Weder, Franschhoek, Cape Province, South Africa. Grave Reference: North of church.

However, there was one more name, Nathaniel Barry had a brother who was killed when the Battleship King George V collided with the Tribal Class Destroyer, HMS Punjabi whilst on Arctic Convoy duty (PQ15):

BARRY, ADRIAN MICHAEL, Surgeon Lieutenant, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S. Punjabi
Age: 30
Date of Birth: 2 October 1911
Killed in Action 1 May 1942
Cause of Death: Killed when battleship HMS King George V crashed into PUNJABI’S port side just abaft the engine room and went through her “like a butter knife at 25 knots”. PUNJABI’S stern sank almost immediately.

Grave Reference: Panel 76, Column 3.

Son of Richard Alan Barry and Gladys Isabel Barry (nee Vander Byl), of Franschhoek, Cape Province, South Africa. M.B., B.Ch., double first Pathology (Cantab.), Gold Medallist University College Hospital. His brother also died on service