Louw Wepener (1812 - 1865)

Louw Wepener, a military leader, who led the Free State Commandos in the second Orange Free State - Basuto War, was killed at Khubelo Pass while storming the mountain stronghold, Thaba Bosiu, of Moshoeshoe I, founder of the Basotho nation.


Wepener Decoration

The Louw Wepener Decoration is a South African military decoration that was in use from 1952 to 1975. It was awarded for "most conspicuous or greatest heroism, in circumstances of great danger" and was primarily a non-combat decoration. 


Wepener Pass

The Khubelo Pass is sometimes referred to as Wepener's Pass.


Town of Wepener

The town of Wepener, founded in 1867, and the Regiment Louw Wepener, since disbanded, were named after him.


Wepener Monument

He is honoured by this memorial which was erected on his farm Constantia, 10 km north of the town on the R715 (Springfontein Road). 

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Louw Wepener Monument
 Trudie Venter

R715 10 km north of Bethulie
Kopanong Rural
Free StateSouth Africa
30° 26′ 59.773″ S, 25° 56′ 46.77″ E
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