The Scottish Horse Memorial on Caledonia Hill. Kensington.
Most of the original photographs were taken in August 2007, on Caledonia Hill in Kensington.
**Update 11/02/2019** The memorial has been further damaged sometime before 9 February 2019, as well as wrapped in cloth. Unfortunately the damage is severe and it is not known whether it will be repaired or moved. (Article on Heritage Portal)
The memorial is in the shape of an Iona Cross erected to the Scottish Horse that served during the “South African War”. Unfortunately at the time the memorial was not in a very good condition and much of the original metalwork had been stolen and vandals had left their mark. I revisited the memorial on 24 September 2012 and all of the plaques and inscriptions were missing. I believe that they had been removed to prevent further vandalism. The Cross had been restored recently.
Scottish Horse Memorial on Caledonia Hill
Scottish Horse Memorial on Caledonia Hill. Johannesburg in the background
The monument commemorates the officers, non-commissioned officers and men killed in action and died of wounds, disease and accident, who were members of the Scottish Horse Regiment (a mounted infantry regiment financed and led by the Marquis of Tullibardine (later the 8th Earl of Atholl) during the War), during the South African Anglo-Boer War in 1901-1902. After the War, the Scottish Horse, in South Africa, was disbanded but parented the Transvaal Scottish Regiment.
The view from the Hill in all directions is stunning and it’s well worth climbing the steps to get to the top, although it is advisable to not attempt this alone due to safety concerns.
Looking towards Johannesburg. (1500 x 503)
Roll of Honour Plaques.
Original ROH (2008)
The original plaques were cast in bronze and subsequently stolen. They were replaced around 1961 by granite plaques. These plaques were vandalised on numerous occasions and were last replaced in 2000 by the South African Heritage Resource Agency. As well as the plaques the lightning discharge rod has also been vandalised.
2007 image showing top of one of the name plaques (since removed)
Google Earth co-ordinates for the memorial are: 26° 12.022’S 28° 5.089’E.
DRW © 2007-2019. Panoramic views added 08 September 2011. Page edited 03 April 2012. Moved to blog 18/01/2014, more images added 16/04/2017, Updated 11/02/2019.