The Jeppestown Oval Memorial, Jeppestown, Johannesburg

This is one memorial that nearly slipped through the cracks. I found out about it when I saw a picture in a book about postcards featuring early Johannesburg. I did not really expect it to even exist anymore, but further investigation proved that it was still where it had been erected. (Google Earth co-ordinates 26° 12.294’S, 28° 4.087’E ). Contrary to my expectations, it is not a war memorial, but a memorial to Julius Gottlieb Ernst Christian Jeppe, Transvaal and Johannesburg pioneer. He is known for building the first brick house in Johannesburg in 1886, and was also the manager of Jeppe’s Township. The memorial, erected in 1892,  is located on the north side of the Jeppe Oval, off Mordaunt Street, is one of the oldest structures to have survived from Johannesburg’s formative early periods. The pedestal is inscribed:

In Memory
Julius GEC Jeppe
The founder of Jeppestown

Lives of all good men remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints in the sands of time.

Footprints that perhaps another
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main;
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Members of the Jeppe Family are buried in Braamfontein Cemetery, and their name and legacy lives on in the suburb close to the Oval, and in Jeppe High School for Boys in Kensington, where the gates of their former home still exist.

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Jeppe High School for Boys War Memorial. Johannesburg

Jeppe High School for Boys in Kensington, boasts of a beautiful War Memorial which was paid for by Julius Jeppe and which was unveiled by Jan Smuts. It features a dome over a plinth with the names of  masters and pupils of the school that lost their lives in The Great War. The dome has a port which is supposed to let the sun shine on the ROH below on the 11th of November, although this does not work in the Southern Hemisphere.

Jeppe Boys High School War Memorial
Jeppe Boys High School War Memorial

One side of the dome is the school museum and the other side is to be used for “recruiting”. The names of boys who died while still at the school are on a separate memorial alongside the Dome.

World War 1 Roll of Honour
World War 1 Roll of Honour

Two World War 2 ROH Plaques are in the foyer of the school hall and it is hoped that a Border War Memorial will be built soon.

World War 2 Rolls of Honour
World War 2 Rolls of Honour

The main gates to the school are also dedicated to the memory of FWB Van Linsingen (Headmaster) and AS Dashwood, (Master), both of whom were killled in action at Bardia on 31/12/1941.

School Main Gates
School Main Gates
Main Gate Plaques

Google Earth co-ordinates are:  26°12’1.05″S, 28° 4’56.13″E

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