The loss of CORNWALL, DORSETSHIRE, HERMES and HOLLYHOCKApril 7 2012 at 10:01 AM
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Post-war politics in South Africa and Britain saw to the purging from history of the significant contribution made by the SANF (South African Naval Forces) and its little ships, as well as the 786 South African officers and 2151 ratings seconded and serving aboard RN warships during WW2. Until recently there had been virtually no recognition for the South Africans who lost their lives or were sent to POW camps after the sinking of EXETER and ENCOUNTER in the Java Sea, nor for the 62 men killed following the loss of the RN cruisers CORNWALL and DORSETSHIRE on the 5th of April 1942, the aircraft carrier HERMES and the corvette HOLLYHOCK sunk on the 9th of April 1942.
"The Official History of the South African Naval Forces during the Second World War (1939 - 1945)", an official government document was only published as late as 2008 - some 65 years after the end of the War.
Commander H. R. Gordon-Cumming
The Official History of the South African Naval Forces during the Second World War (1939 - 1945)
Naval Heritage Trust South Africa
352 pages. Illustrated, maps, index. Soft cover.
Available from the South African Naval Museum in Simon's Town or from the Naval Heritage Trust.