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Jack Dutton Bridge
Nahoon River, East London, Eastern Cape



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32°58'25.73" S 27°55'32.63" E Alt: 10m

A temporary Bailey Bridge installed by the SA Defence Force to bridge the first three spans of the east end of the road deck of the Batting Bridge. The eastern abutment and the two adjacent support piers had shifted during the flooding of the Nahoon River in 1970 causing the first three spans to move substantially out of their horizontal alignment. The Bailey Bridge was named after Jack Dutton, Officer Commanding of the Eastern Cape Command - appointed in 1968 with the rank of Brigadier. He had served as a soldier in Korea and had been appointed Officer Commanding of 1 Special Service Battalion in 1964.

The Bailey bridge was removed on the completion of second Batting bridge in 1973.

Submitted by William MARTINSON, August 2018.