West Park Cemetery. Johannesburg.

West Park Cemetery is situated on the corner of Beyers Naude Drive and West Park Rd, and is still in use today. The first burials took place in the cemetery during the early 1940's and some of the war graves are amongst the first graves in their respective sections. The cemetery is divided into a number of areas, each catering to different religions and nationalities. There is an extensive Commonwealth War Graves plot with 472 burials in it, as well as a much smaller SADF Plot and a separate Police Plot. There is a large Jewish section at the cemetery as well as a Holocaust Memorial and the South African Jewish War Memorial. A number of famous and infamous have found their rest there, including Nkosi Johnson, Neil Aggett, David Webster, Patrick Mynhardt, Herman Charles Bosman and the victims of the Westdene bus disaster. The cemetery is a difficult one to visit because its so sprawled out, but with the right grave reference graves are very easy to find in some sections. It has very helpful staff at the office and amongst the cleanest toilets around. Google Earth co-ordinates are: -26.161989, 27.993685. Images open in a new window.



Holocaust Memorial

The CWGC Plot


Police Plot

The SADF Memorial

Westdene Bus Disaster

The Cross of Sacrifice

Nkosi Johnson

David Webster

Patrick Mynhardt
Herman Charles Bosman

Cotlands Memorial Wall

Border War Graves

Jewish Military Plot

Random grave

Homemade memorial

An Angel




© DR Walker 2007-2013. Recreated and added additional photo's 21 January 2011, added panoramas 17 August 2011.