West Park Cemetery

Randburg, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa

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Westpark Cemetery is a large cemetery in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is the resting place of some of the country's well-known citizens. It is a non-denomination designated burial ground, and thus has Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Chinese burial areas. It was opened in 1942 and historically was part of one of Johannesburg's original farms, Farm Waterval, which was purchased in 1887 by two Geldenhuys brothers in the hope of finding gold. While they did not find gold, Louw Geldenhuys employed Boer War veterans to build the Emmarentia Dam, and leased small holdings with fruit trees. There are also specific areas for servicemen who have died in the line of duty. This cemetery contains war graves of 617 Commonwealth service personnel of World War II, mostly burials from military hospitals and an airfield, besides 21 non-Commonwealth war graves and seven non-war graves that are in the care of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
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West Park Cemetery, Created by Sharon Balkin, Randburg, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa