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SMUTS, Jan Christiaan


Prime Minister

Jan Christiaan Smuts OM CH ED KC FRS PC (24 May 1870 – 11 September 1950) was a prominent South African and British Commonwealth statesman, military leader and philosopher. In addition to holding various cabinet posts, he served as Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa from 1919 until 1924 and from 1939 until 1948. He served in the First World War and as a British field marshal in the Second World War.

OM - Order of Merit
CH - Companion of Honour
ED - Efficiency Decoration
KC - King's Council
FRS - Royal Society
PC - Privy Councillor

For more information visit Wikipedia and South African History Online.

A commemorative booklet [see image] was published shortly after Jan Smuts passed away with numerous photographs illustrating key moments in his military and political career.

The rear cover of the booklet has a photograph of the memorial obelisk erected close to his house in Irene. The caption to the photograph has been transcribed below.


The ashes of General Smuts were strewn on September 24 on this hallowed ground on a 300 ft high koppie, a mile from the homestead at Doornkloof, Irene, where a monolith was erected by the Smuts family to the memory of General and Mrs. Smuts's son, Japie, and three other of their children who died in their infancy at the beginning of the century. Their ashes have also been strewn on this koppie.


SALUTE to a Great South African JAN CHRISTIAAN SMUTS MAY 24, 1870 - SEPTEMBER 11, 1950. Cape Times Limited, Parow, Central News Agency, Ltd. 1950 64pp

(Submitted by William Martinson.)