Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial

In yesterday's post I mentioned the Prince Alfred's Guard Mermorial. Prince Alfred was the second son of Queen Victoria. He visited the Cape Colony on two occations. He visited Port Elizabeth in 1860 and St Georges Park was inaugerated on the first anniversary of his visit. For his visit a military guard was formed to accompany him on his visit. The guard was not disbanded afterwards and continued to exist. This Memorial was erected in 1907 in memory of men from the guard that died in 4 different wars, one of the the Anglo Boer War (or South African War) fought between 1899 and 1902.

The whole Memorial is actually a large ornament on top of a water reservoir

The figure on the top represents a member of the Guard, while the four lions hold shields with the names of the wars as well as the Guard's coat of arms.


  1. Another great couple of shots, excellent contrast against that beautiful blue sky, wonderfully sharp shots terrific,its amazing how the Brits got around the world, how times have changed, now we have credit crunch, and economic downturn, high gas prices, and inflation rising its all doom and gloom.....how times have changed. lol

  2. Ann, we have a huge amount of british history in South Africa and specially in our area. In 1820 a group of about 6000 British Settlers landed in Port Elizabeth and settled in the area east of here around Grahamstown. I will do a couple of post about that area over the next couple of days.

  3. Artistic and functional. How very British!
    Nice shot... love that sky.

  4. Great photos as usual with great comentary. Interesting to hear and see about the world through the eyes of someone, not the tourist department or a book.

    Oh, you have been tagged. (See my blog!)