South Africans! You're Wanted

Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM PST 12329
Art and Popular Design
Place made
South Africa
Subject period
  • Mount: card
  • Support: paper
  • medium: lithograph and letterpress
  • Mount: Height 810 mm, Width 559 mm
  • Support: Height 699 mm, Width 480 mm
Alternative names
  • object name: Poster
  • object category: Poster

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Object description

whole: the three images are positioned top left corner, bottom left corner and bottom right corner. The title is separate and positioned top edge right, with the text occupying the remainder, both in blue. All set against a white background. image: top left: a copy of Alfred Leete's portrait of Lord Kitchener pointing at the viewer. Bottom left: a silhouette of a mother holding a baby in her arms and a young child by the hand. Bottom right: a silhouette of two soldiers holding rifles with bayonets attached, in front of an artillery gun. text: South Africans! YOU'RE WANTED Roll Up! Attest! 'It remains for the living to complete the magnificent work of the dead.' M. CLEMENCEAU. GENERAL BOTHA says:- 'The South African Brigade in Europe has won a splendid reputation, not alone as fighters, but also as gentlemen. The honour and the name of South Africa have been enhanced and enriched by the heroic deeds of her sons.' SALIENT POINTS OF GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S FUND. [an explanation of the details of the Governor-General's Fund follows] EMULATE THE SPRINGBOKS! Success of the Plat Ground is repeated on The Field of Battle. If you are INELIGIBLE send a SUBSTITUTE Remember the enemy has violated Women, murdered Children, massacred the aged, and defied the Laws of God! WAKE UP! RESPOND TO THE CALL! Help to keep the Germans out of South Africa! WON'T YOU FIGHT FOR THESE? WILL YOU LET THESE FIGHT FOR YOU? D.F.A., LTD., PRINTERS, KIMBERLEY.


General Louis Botha (1862-1919) was a soldier and statesman, who became the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa in 1910. During the Boer War (1899-1902), Botha fought successfully against the British, rising to the rank of General. However on returning to politics after the war he sought reconciliation with his former opponents. At the outbreak of the First World War Botha offered South African troops to Britain, which provoked a rebellion among pro-German Boers. The revolt was quelled in 1915 and South African troops successfully occupied the German colony of South-West Africa (modern Namibia) the same year.

Physical description

The image of Kitchener is based on a famous British poster (see PST 2734). Single sheet, printed on one side only. Mounted on card.





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