60 S. African L.J. 4 (1943)
In Memoriam: Harold Graham Mackeurtan

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Report of the proceedings in the Natal Provincial Division
at a special sitting of the Court held on 22nd December, 1942,
in memory of Mr. H. G. Mackeurtan, K.C., who died on 18th
December, 1942.
 The Judge-President (Mr. Justice Hathorn), Mr. Justice
Carlisle, Mr. Justice Selke, Mr. Justice Broome and Mr.
Acting Justice de Wet were on the Bench.
Mr. J. J. L. Sisson, K.C., Chairman of the Natal Society
of Advocates, represented the bar. Mr. A. W. Lister, Vice-
President of the Incorporated Law Society of Natal, repre-
sented the side bar.- The Attorney-General (Mr. A. W.
Cooke, K.C.) attended at the invitation of the Judge-President.
Mr. Justice Thrash and Mr. Justice Brokensha of the Native
High Court were present, as well as many members of the bar
and side bar. The Court was crowded.
HATHORN, J.P.: Mr. Sisson, Mr. Attorney and Mr. Lister:
In this tragic war, death, with its awful finality, enters the
homes of the people every day, making life appear to some
to be a thing of little Value. Biit we know better, for the
entry of death into the home of Harold Graham Mackeurtan
has given us a sharp and melancholy reminde that life is the
most precious of all: our possessions.
In this company of lawyers, it is my sad privilege, which
I regard with.pride, to speakT on behalf of the bench, the bar
and the side bar of Natal about the greatest, by far, of all the
advocates who have ever practised in this Court. And it is
appropriate that I should be your spokesman, for he and I
were close friends as well as contemporaries and I was for some
years his frequent opponent at the bar, waging the unequal
struggle of a mere man against a master. And all the time,
I watched, with unstinted admiration, the forensic exploits
of this most gifted personality. I told him more than once
that he should never have left London. If le had stayed there
and politics had been kind, he might -have been Lord
Chancellor. He had all the attributes of that great office.
His early promise as a boy at Durban High School blos-
somed at Trinity College, Cambridge, and the Inner Temple
into a scholastic career of sointillatino, brilliance. He was

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