These photographs of the Jewish Guild War Memorial, were taken at the South African Museum of Military History in Saxonwold in 2008. It was erected by the Jewish Guild War Memorial Association and the United Hebrew Congregation of Johannesburg and unveiled by H.E. The Earl of Athlone K.G. Governor General on January 5, 1930. Images of individual plaques are available on request.
© DRW 2008-2018. Created 12/2008. Images replaced 2011. Moved to blog 01/02/2014
These photographs were taken at the Museum of Military History in Saxonwoldon. Sadly, no information is available on where these two plaques originate from, but it is thought that they were originally erected at a school in Natal.
© DRW 2007 -2018. Moved to blog 26/01/2014
This impressive memorial in the grounds of the Museum of Military History in Saxonwold, Johannesburg was formerly known as the “Rand Regiments Memorial
” and it was originally erected in memory of the soldiers who served and died with the Rand Regiments in the 1899-1902 Anglo Boer War.
It was designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and a commemorative stone was laid by the Duke of Connaught (Prince Arthur) on 30 November 1910. The memorial features an ornate figure of Nike, the Greek Goddess of Victory
atop the dome and the pillars inside list the Rand Regiments and soldiers from these regiments who were lost during the conflict.
In 2002, the memorial was re-dedicated; recognising all of the Men, Women and Children of all races and nations that lost their lives in the Anglo Boer War.
The statue faces west and is the creation of Naoum Aronson, who was commissioned by Sir Hugh Lane, following consultation with Lutyens and Lionel Phillips. who was a key figure in the implementation of the project. The memorial was finally completed by 1913. The statue was placed above the Memorial in April 1914, and is often referred to as the “Angel of Peace”.
The columns contain the names of members of Bethune’s Mounted Infantry, the Commander In Chief’s Bodyguard, Johannesburg Mounted Rifles, Thorneycroft’s Mounted Infantry, the South African Light Horse, Imperial Light Horse, Railway Pioneer Regiment, Imperial Light Infantry and Rand Rifles who lost their lives in that conflict.
© DRW 2007 – 2018. Edited images 22 August 2011, added to blog 06/01/2014
This image is of the Airborne Memorial at the National Museum of Military History in Saxonwold, Johannesburg. It is dedicated to those who are members of, or were members of a parachute regiment, or affiliated organisation.
© DRW 2007-2018. Edited 22 August 2011. Moved to blog 01/01/2014