Be quiet and calm my countrymen: the story of SS Mendi, Wednesday 20 February, 6:00-7:00pm, followed by a drinks reception. University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building, Lecture Theatre 1, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3DE
On February 21st, 1917, SS Mendi sank south of the Isle of Wight, killing 646 of those on board, most of whom were from the South African Native Labour Corps. In 1974, the resting place of the Mendi was discovered off the Isle of Wight by a local diver. The University of Portsmouth is delighted to host a commemoration event in partnership with the South African High Commission, to keep alive the memory of the bravery of those who lost their lives on this day over 100 years ago. Admission is free, but places are limited so please reserve yours on Eventbrite.
PCC Commemoration of the 102nd anniversary of the sinking of the SS Mendi, Thursday 21 February
- Wreath Laying Ceremony and Service at Milton Cemetery (PO4 8RS), 10:45am-11:15am
- Commemorative Plaque Unveiling Ceremony at The Point, Old Portsmouth – in front of the Spice Island Pub (PO1 2JL), from 12:00pm-12:30pm