Continued from the Jameson Raid Surrender Memorial.
Just behind “the Brickworks” is what is known as the Vlakfontein Monument: (Google Earth co-ordinates: 26°12’30.72″S, 27°48’27.31″E.) When I visited it in 2009 the fencing had been complete around this memorial, although it was heavily overgrown.
This monument was interesting because it mentions some of the casualties of the ill fated raid. Originally a wooden cross was erected, but it was replaced in 1913 by a monument commemorating all those killed in action. A bronze plaque was affixed in 1962 and proclamation as a national monument was due to to follow in due course. During 1963 the West Rand Historical Society relocated the Vlakfontein Monument from its original location higher up the ridge to an area in the middle of the stone kraal where Jameson’s column was said to have made their last stand.
At the base of the monument was an almost illegible plaque that I was only partly able to piece together, but fortunately there were two much more legible granite plaques with the inscriptions on them.
I returned in 2012 to check if there had been any change in the memorial since my last visit and it was in a deplorable state. All the metalwork had been stolen and the grass was still as high as before. It was even very difficult to find the low wall that I had almost fallen over before.
I then moved across to the “Stump Monument“, I had missed this in 2009, so was curious to see it now.
© DRW 2009 -2018. Created 20/04/2011. Edited and some images expanded 02/02/2012. Special thanks to Leon Engelbrecht for the inspiration to find these memorials and photographs of the “stump”, as well as Alpheus Cele for remembering where the graves in Randfontein were. Moved to blog 07/02/2014.