Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy SA-SIG
Editor: Dr Saul Issroff
Copyright © 1999 Saul Issroff, Mike Getz, SAfrica SIG
and Jewishgen Inc.
Revised: 22 December 1999
Jews served and died fighting both for the British and the
Boers in the Anglo Boer Wars. Many Jews served in the 1914-1918 war and some were killed
in action in German South West Africa- now Namibia. By the time of the Second World War
most eligible males served, many in the North African campaigns.
David Issroff, 7th Cape Mounted
SA Defence Force Archives
- Archives of the Commandant General, Transvaal Republic 1881-1899.
- Archives of the Military Governor, Pretoria, 1900-1902 (Records of the British
Occupation forces, containing the names of those who died during the Boer War).
- Archives concerning deaths among the Republican fighting forces and civilians,
1899-1902. The SA Defence Force Archives are not open to the public; write to obtain
National War Museum
Department of Defence
Private Bag X289, Pretoria, 0001,
Telephone: +27 (0)12-322 6350
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission have lists of all casualties in SA, their places
of burial, etc. including all South African deaths overseas and all British troops killed
in SA. in the First or Second World Wars. A record some 60,000 civilian casualties of the
Second World War is also provided without details of burial location.
The particulars of all persons who served in the South African Armed Forces from the
time of union in 1910 are available from the SADF Documentation Centre.
The SA National Museum of Military History has no personal records but has books,
Honour Rolls, Imperial and other War Documentary service graves, Regimental Histories.
Israel: Machal: over 800 South Africans served as volunteers in the Israeli War of
Independence. A recent book "South Africa's 800: The Story of South African
volunteers in Israel's War of Birth" by Henry Katzew, ed. Joe Woolf deals with
this and lists all the names.
South African Jewish ex-Service League,
C/o South African Jewish Board of Deputies,
P.O. Box 87557,
Telephone: +27 (0)11-486 1434
Facsimile: +27 (0)11-646 4940
Please note that they do not have any staff and cannot do any work of a genealogical
nature. If you need SA military records look at the info. files on South Africa that I put
onto JewishGen and write to the appropriate addresses.
The Registrar of Companies in Pretoria can provide details of the directors of any
limited or Public company. Financial records are available only for public companies.
The Registrar of Patents, Designs, Trademarks keeps details of intellectual
property and the holders of these rights.