Jacky Morkel
Full names: Jan Willem Hurter
Date of birth: 13 Nov 1890
Place of birth: Somerset West
School: Hottentots-Holland
Springbok no: 137
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.8m, 77.11kg
Date of death: 15 May 1916 (Age 25)

Test summary: Tests: 5 Tries: 4
First Test: 23 Nov 1912 Age:22 Outside Centre against Scotland at Inverleith, Edinburgh
Last Test: 11 Jan 1913 Age:22 Outside Centre against France at Le Bouscat, Bordeaux
Test history:
23 Nov 191222Outside CentreScotlandWin: 16-0 Inverleith, EdinburghWP
30 Nov 191222Outside CentreIrelandWin: 38-02 triesAviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
14 Dec 191222Outside CentreWalesWin: 3-0 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
04 Jan 191322Outside CentreEnglandWin: 9-31 tryTwickenham, LondonWP
11 Jan 191322Outside CentreFranceWin: 38-51 try, 2 conversionsLe Bouscat, BordeauxWP

Private Jan Willem Hurter Morkel

Men and women from all over the Commonwealth answered the "call to arms" during both wars. Many of them died fighting in remote regions or in smaller campaigns that were equally important to the overall war effort. No matter where or how they died, their graves, memorials and names are still cared for by the Commission.

Jacky Morkel made his debut for the Springboks on the 1912/13 tour of the British Isles and France when he played in all five tests, scoring four tries and a total of 16 points. His individual brilliance was credited with a narrow win over the Welsh club side, Llanelli. When war broke out Jacky enlisted in the Mounted Commandos, a South African force engaged in difficult fighting in what was then known as German East Africa

Sickness and disease were a constant problem for troops fighting in this harsh environment and on the 15 May 1916 Jacky died of dysentery. He is buried in Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery in Tanzania. The entry for him in the International Roll of Honour shows how highly he was thought of: "He upheld in the worthiest possible manner the teachings of the rugby game....and his case will stand for all time as a shining example to his countrymen."