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War Memorial


War Memorials are erected to people who died in a war, they are usually local to the erea in which they stand.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. The day, specifically designated by King George V on 7 November 1919,[1] or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month", in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.) The First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.

South Africa took part in the First World War as a Commonwealth Country and there are many memorials around the country dedicated to the men who lost their lives fighting in that war. We have a number of those memorials listed on this website and although we have information and photographs for some we are still in need of a lot more.

Detail of bronze plaque on the Cathcart War Memorial

Please help!

If you have any information or photographs of any of the memorials in our list please contact us. If you know of any memorials not on our list please contact us.

This page is dedicated to all South Africans who have lost their lives in any war, may they rest in peace.

Memorials listed on this website:
* with photographs

Anglo Boer War Memorial, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape *
Cambridge War Memorial, East London, Eastern Cape *
Cenotaph, Bloemfontein, Free State
Cenotaph, Johannesburg, Gauteng *
Cenotaph, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape *
Delville Wood Memorial, Cape Town, Western Cape *
Delville Wood Memorial, Pretoria, Gauteng *
Diocesan College, War Memorial Chapel, Cape Town, Western Cape
First World War Memorial, Queenstown, Eastern Cape *
Great War Memorial 1914-1918, Butterworth, Eastern Cape *
Johannesburg War Memorial, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Old Boys' War Memorial at the Christian Brothers' College, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Rhodes University, War Memorial , Grahamstown, Eastern Cape *
Scottish War Memorial, Burgers' Park, Pretoria, Gauteng
War Memorial, Aliwal North, Eastern Cape *
War Memorial, Barberton, Mpumalanga *
War Memorial, Bedford, Eastern Cape *
War Memorial, Bethulie, Free State *
War Memorial, Boksburg, Gauteng
War Memorial, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
War Memorial, Cathcart, Eastern Cape *
War Memorial, Durban, Kwazulu Natal *
War Memorial, East London, Eastern Cape *
War Memorial, East London, Eastern Cape *
War Memorial, King William's Town, Eastern Cape *
War Memorial - Dale College, King William's Town, Eastern Cape
War Memorial, Kroonstad, Free State
War Memorial, Krugersdorp, Gauteng
War Memorial, Knysna, Western Cape *
War Memorial, Stutterheim, Eastern Cape *
War Memorial, Viljoensdrif, Free State *
War Memorial, Walmer, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape *
War Memorial, Woodstock, Cape Town, Western Cape *
War Memorial Arch, Memorial Gardens, Durban, Kwazulu Natal
War Memorial, The Poort, Mossel Bay, Western Cape *
War Memorial, Union Buildings Gardens, Pretoria, Gauteng
WWI Monument, Koffiefontein, Free State *

See also Commonwealth War Graves Commission