Kimberley – Colonel Sir David Harris

The grand old man of South African Jewry” Colonel Sir David Harris, a director of De Beers and commander of the Kimberley Town Guard during the siege in 1900, was a member of parliament for Kimberley and Griqualand West in the old Cape Parliament and subsequently in the Union Parliament.

In the Boer War, Colonel Harris was the Commander of the Kimberly Town Guard, and he planned practically all the fortifications and the mines that guarded the town, and it was largely due to him that the town was kept from falling to the Boers. If Kimberly had fallen, it was said, there would have been a general rising in Cape Colony and South Africa might have been lost to the British Empire.