Kathleen Satchwell, retired judge of the High Court

Diaries and personal records illustrate the impact of war on those who survived, their returns home and making of new lives. Notwithstanding the armistice of 1918, the Cape Corps and volunteer South Africans remained on active service in Palestine and in the now Soviet Union while South African nurses continued to work in military hospitals in Africa, Europe and Arabia for several years. Demobilisation of those in uniform took time and was not emotionally or financially easy or timeous whilst political and economic challenges in the Union meant that returning veterans did not always receive the welcome or support for which they may have hoped.  Peace making conferences lasted longer than the war itself, commencing with the Paris Peace Conference and the treaty of Versailles in 1919, and preparing the ground for major events of the remainder of the twentieth century and beyond.  Participants will be invited to measure the impact of the First World War on their own lives.



1. Demobilisation of South Africans at war

2. To be at ‘home’

3. Peace treaties and the world they made for us

4. Peace treaties and the world they made for us

5. Commemoration


Recommended reading

MacMillan, M. 2001. Peacemakers – Six Months that Changed the World. London: John Murray.

Nasson, B. 2014. World War One and the People of South Africa. Cape Town: Tafelberg.

Winter, J. & Sivan, E. (eds) 1999. War and Remembrance in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.



Date: 14–18 January 
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