Honoured Dead Memorial

The Honoured Dead Memorial is situated in Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

The memorial is considered one of the best in South Africa and has been made a Provincial Heritage Site in Kimberley. It can be found at the meeting point of five roads and was constructed using sandstone from the Matopo Hills in Zimbabwe. The roads were made by the unemployed workers during the Siege to afford employment.

Sir Herbert Baker was commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes to build the memorial to commemorate those who died while defending the city during the 124 day Siege of Kimberley in the Anglo-Boer War. Twenty seven British Soldiers lie buried in the Tomb.

The inscription was done by Rudyard Kipling, a poet and novelist, who was a guest of Rhodes when in Cape Town. The Long Cecil field gun, which was designed and manufactured in the De Beers workshop and used during the Siege, is mounted on the stylobate of the monument.

The monument was dedicated on the 28th November 1904. Well worth a visit.

Things to do and see

  • Long Cecil Gun
  • Shells from the Boer Long Tom
  • Rudyard Kipling Inscription


No admission fee

Open Daily


Kimberley experiences rainfall mainly in the summer months with the highest occurring in February and March.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 17˚C and 32˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 17˚C.


There are daily flights into Kimberley from O R Tambo Airport in Johannesburg and from Cape Town International Airport. Car rental facilities are available.

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