Leslie Clarke Prophet.

My father.


  Leslie was born 1904 in Claremont, Cape Town, the Cape Colony which at that time fell under the British flag. He went to school at Bishops in Cape Town and studied pharmacy at the University of Bloemfontein. After he qualified he followed in his father's footsteps, and worked with William in the chemist shop at 39 Harvey Road, Bloemfontein.  


Leslie on his 10/12 Harley Davidson. With him is his brother, Peter on a BSA.


Leslie on Naval Hill with view of Bloemfontein circa 1930.




During the First World War Leslie was posted to Egypt where he served as a sergeant major. He was awarded with six medals. The 1939 to 1945 the Star, the African Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal and the African Service Medal.

Before the Second World War, Leslie married his first wife, Winona, and from this union a son and daughter were born. The Second World War adversely affected their marriage which resulted in divorce.



Leslie, on centre camel, in Cairo during the Second World War.



  After the Second World War, in 1949, Leslie met and married his second wife Joan Johnson in Germiston. They had two children, Jonathan and Simon.  


  Hamburg, the Eastern Cape's fisherman's paradise on the Keiskama River.

Fishing was Leslie's passion and his favorite fishing holiday resort was Hamburg. Once every year the family would be bundled into the car with boat and outboard motor on tow on a journey for three weeks of fishing at Hamburg.

Top left photo looking down the hill from the Top Hotel. The general dealer with it's enchanting smells of things for sale was on the left at the bottom of the hill and the entrance to the Bottom Hotel was on the right.

Main photo right. Not far from the hotel, the river gushed out into the Indian Ocean so you needed the long rickety jetties to accommodate for the high and low tides. The background buildings were all part of the Top Hotel complex.

Bottom left photo of Leslie proud with his catch for the day. In those days when you went fishing you meant it.


Leslie with fish caught on a line.


WF Prophet & Co (PTY) Ltd, business established 1909, 39 Harvey Road, Bloemfontein.

  Leslie lived in Bloemfontein at 8 Peter Crescent, Bayswater, until he closed the chemist shop in 1974 and moved to Cape Town to retire at St James where he died in 1980.  


Article published in the Bloemfontein Friend Newspaper when Leslie closed down the chemist shop.



The block of flats put up by Leslie and his brother in 1964. The building was named Forfar Place, after the small town in Scotland where their father, William Fodd Prophet, was born.