Louw Wepener Monument in Kopanong Rural, Free State
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.
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.
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.
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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