Witwatersrand Rifles - Regimental Association 2015 Golf Day
You’re invited to join the Witwatersrand for their 2015 Regimental Association Golf Day
Date: 25 August 2015
Venue: Germistion Golf Club
Cost: R1400.00 per four ball
RSVP: Dennis Townsend
Telephone: 083 625 4136
The Centenary of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle was marked in France by a series of events in Neuve Chapelle on the weekend of 6th/8th March 2015.
The main event was a church service at which a new plaque was dedicated, wreaths were laid and the 2nd Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifle) was remembered officially for the last time.
The Regiment was represented by Majors Grant, Maxwell, Sixsmith and Mr Daglish together with members of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) and Family Members and their Travel Club group with representatives of the Royal British Legion and local dignitaries’.
THE CAMERONIANS (SR) & FAMILY MEMBERS ORGANIZATION
PARADES & EVENTS FOR 2015.
April 25th 2015 Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh
This event will be held in the shrine of the Scottish National War Memorial at noon.
Members of our organisation please meet at 11.20 hrs
May 17th 2015. Annual Commemoration in Douglas.
09.30 hrs - Raise the regimental flag at the Douglas Victoria Bowling Club.
10.00 hrs - Service in St Brides Church
14.00 hrs - Conventicle at the disbandment cairn beside castle dangerous.
15.30 hrs - Buffet and social afternoon at Douglas Victoria Bowling Club.
Admission by ticket priced £5 at the door.
June 11th 2015. Lanimer Day Parade in Lanark.
Meet at the corner of St Leonard Road and St Leonard Street.
Form up at 09.30 hrs for a prompt move of at 10.00 hrs.
June 27th or 28th 2015. Glasgow Armed Forces Day Parade.
The parade will form up at Holland St and then head north up Holland St,
then east on West Regent St, to West George St, marches around George Square
With eyes right at the Cenotaph on to South George Square and fall out.
Note that the route may have an alternative for veterans.
1. 13.45 hrs - form up.
2. 14.00 hrs - step of for George Square.
3. 14.15 hrs - all detachments in position in George Square.
August 23rd Dunkeld.
11.00 hrs - church service in Dunkeld Cathedral and social afternoon
Leave Glasgow 08.00 hrs - pick up Hamilton 08.30 hrs.
PARADES AND EVENTS OF OTHER REGIMENTS, UNITS, AND CORPS.
Central Scotland Branch of the Parachute Regiment
May 9th VE Day 2015 and August 15th VJ Day 2015 Parades.
The 70th anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day:
Both these events start at 10.00 hrs with the church hall opening for tea and coffee,
followed by a service in Knightswood Parish Church at 11.00 hrs.
Then the laying of wreaths at the veterans monument, band and veterans form up including standards, march off and arrive at our destination, fall out and proceed to the Lincoln Lounge for buffet and social afternoon.
All the above parades and events will be updated if they are
any change of dates and times and more information when known.
SERVICES OF REMEMBRANCE 2015.
A wreath will be laid by a member of the organisation at all memorials.
List of Locations Date and Time
Douglas - 08.11.2015 at 10.30.hrs.
Central Station. 11.11.2015 at 10.15 hrs.
Memorial Kelvingrove. 08.11.2015 at 10.30 hrs.
Low Parks Museum. 26.10.2015 at 12.00 hrs.
Garden of Remembrance 01.11.2015 at 10.30 hrs.
The Town Hall (no wreath required) 02.11.2015 at 18.15 hrs.
VC Memorial 11.11.2015 at 10.15 hrs.
Lanark. 08.11.2015 at 10.15 hrs.
Assemble and form up Mabel Street. 08.11.2015 at 14.15 hrs.
Westminster Garden of Remembrance 05.11.2015 at 11.00 hrs.
Gates open at 09.00 hrs for 11.00 hrs.
Remembrance Parade 08.11.2015 at 11.00 hrs.
Form up Horse Guards Road.
Contact Mr I Bilboe for more information on the London Parades
Phone number 01245 469598
Ed Boyle’s fascinating collection of black and white photographs featuring many aspects of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).I commend to all who have interest in the affairs of the Regiment to look to this excellent website produced by Ed Boyle who served in the Regiment. Ed Boyle’s collection is noted at the LINKS element of the Regimental website but its content is such that I further commend it to you here. You can access the photo library at:
Major Brian A S Leishman MBE
Representatives of The Cameronians, Friends and Family Members specifically Members of the Cameronian Travel Club accepted an invitation from the Paris Branch of The Royal British legion, to join them for the Commonwealth service in Notre Dame. One of our members namely Stephen Ingham is part of that branch. The Piper who played at the service was an ex Cameronian TA officer, Murdoch Macleod.It was a good trip and we flew the Standard of the Cameronians, Friends and Family Members on that occasion.
Major Brian A S Leishman MBE
Photo above: left to right Tam Balloch MBE ex 1st Bn, Eddie Crawford ex 1st Bn, Dick Gilmour ex 1st Bn, Jim Inghan father ex Cameronian, Andrew McMorrine ex Cameronians TA, Billy McNeil ex 1st Bn, Ian Bilboe ex 1st Bn, Tam Bryson ex Cameronian TA.
Photo below: Tam Balloch MBE and a wee French soldier.
A recent visit to St Georges Chapel, Ypres, noted these two Regimental items. The first a plaque commemorating those members of the Regiment who were killed in action in France and Belgium during WW1 and a memorial cushion both presented to the chapel by the Regiment.
Major Brian A S Leishman MBE
NEWSLETTER OF THE WITWATERSRAND RIFLES REGIMENTAL AND FAMILY ASSOCIATION
Third Quarter 2014
Greetings to our members, their families and the friends of the Association.
Spring has arrived and after a long winter is most welcome.
On 16th August the monthly Association meeting was dedicated to the100th anniversary of the Regiment’s call up to German South West Africa. (See the article at the end of this newsletter). Prior to our meeting the members moved to our memorial where a WW1 poem was read. The Commanding Officer and our Chairman both laid poppy wreathes whilst the Pipe Major played the lament. The members then moved inside for the meeting which was followed by a special luncheon provided by the ladies.
The Regiment has just completed another phase of training prior to deployment in Sudan which will take place early in the new year.
The Association will be providing “comfort gifts” to the troops prior to deployment as a token of our appreciation to them.
Whilst traditionally a Rifle Regiment does not carry colours this has become problematic for the Regiment at national parades as the Regiment is unable to participate fully as it cannot provide a colour party. It has thus been agreed between the Regimental Council and the Regiment that the Regiment would apply to higher authority for the issuing of colours and to this end application has been made. The battle honours will however continue to be displayed on the Pipe Majors pipes in the form of the existing pipe banner.
Membership continues to grow, particularly since opening up membership to family members.
Membership is not restricted to WR types but is open to anyone who has the interest of the Regiment and the Association at heart.
We have a comprehensive data base of members and their contact details which is available from Roy Brown or the Secretary should members wish to contact other members in their areas. These details can be e-mailed. If members and friends know of
or happen to meet fellow WR veterans with whom we have possibly lost touch, please pass on their details to us through Roy Brown on 011-788-8170.
Annual subs are R50-00 per annum. Please make your cheques payable to Witwatersrand Rifles Regimental Association and forward them to Roy Brown at our postal address which is reflected above.
THE REGIMENTS 100th ANNIVERSARY OF MOBILISATION
During this 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War we commemorate the Regiment’s mobilisation for what was to be “The war to end all wars”. Little was it realised at the time that the war which “will be over by Christmas” was to continue for four long years and at such a huge cost of human life.
The following is an extract from the Regimental History “A Bugle Calls” (Pg 80/81)
The following order, dated 15th August 1914, was issued to members of the Witwatersrand Rifles:
“CAMP ORDER TO BE COMPLIED WITH IMMEDIATELY
The Government has called out the Unit to which you belong and you are hereby ordered to proceed WITHOUT DELAY for the TRAINING of your company or section, and from there by the first available train to the point where your Regiment has been ordered to assemble.
DATE, TIME AND PLACES OF ASSEMBLY TUESDAY - 18TH AUGUST 1914
A total of 751 personnel of the Regiment thus assembled at Booysen’s Camp. Included among the officers was one who held the Victoria Cross (VC). He was Lt F H Bradley who, as a driver in the Royal Field Artillery, had been awarded the highest British decoration for gallantry at the engagement at Itala on 26 September 1901.
Thus was mobilised the Witwatersrand Rifles for the Regiment’s first real experience of war. The succeeding four years were to see the Regiment’s personnel deeply involved in South West Africa, the Western Front and German East Africa; although only in the first named theatre as an identifiable regiment in its own right. The Rand Daily Mail, in the issue dated Friday 2 August 1940, refers in the column entitled A daily causerie, to an earlier issue of the newspaper, dated 25 August 1914, in which the departure of the Witwatersrand Rifles for South West Africa is recorded:
“The stirring scenes which have been described in the last few days, both in connection with the departure from South Africa and the arrival in Kenya, of the men of the Union forces who have gone North on active service, have their counterpart in a newspaper cutting which at the moment is before me. It is from the “Rand Daily Mail” of August 25, 1914 and it describes in stirring language the departure of the Witwatersrand Rifles from Booysens Camp.
The “WARLIKE WITS”, as the heading calls them, were the first regiment to be despatched north on active service, and they received a magnificent send off from their “comrades-in-arms”, mothers, sisters and sweethearts.” The parting official message to the regiment was given by Maj F. A. Jones, D.S.O., though the regiment had been paraded and addressed earlier in the day by Colonel W.R. Schumacher and Lieut.-Colonel Smyth.
The Transvaal Scottish, who were being left behind, paid the Wits. the pretty compliment of playing them out of camp with their own band of pipers, and “amid the waving of flags, and the vociferous enthusiasms of the troops, away went the lads in khaki to the stirring martial air of “Blue Bonnets Over the Border”.
As the above news item states, the Witwatersrand Rifles was the very first ACF infantry regiment to proceed on active service, embarking at Cape Town on 29 August 1914 for service in German South West Africa.
On 4 September 1964 the 1st Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) provided the Guard of Honour for Her Majesty The Queen when she opened the Forth Road Bridge. The Guard comprised three officers and one hundred rank and file together the Pipes and Drums and the Military Band.Fifty years later, on 4 July 2014 a group of those who had been on the original parade were presented to the Queen when she returned to unveil a memorial plaque which commemorates that event in 1964. At this event Colonel Lucas escorted the Queen and Major Grant HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Those on parade, (see photo above) as seen from left to right were:-
Mr Eddie Boyle, Mr Andy Keene, Mr Willie Rae, Mr Mick McGowan, Mr Duncan McLeod, Mr Allan Nelson, Mr James Anderson, Mr Tam Balloch MBE, Colonel (then Major) Dudley Lucas, Major (then Lieut) Philip Grant.
It is interesting to note that the youngest of those on parade today was eighteen in 1964 and the oldest was then thirty eight years old.
After the presentation and the unveiling of the plaque the Queen departed across the bridge under police escort, just as she had done fifty years earlier. Her next port of call was Rosyth where she named the new aircraft carrier HMS Elizabeth. There followed a fly-past by the Red Arrows display team which was watched by all those who had assembled on the South side. In the time before those two events all were entertained to an excellent sandwich lunch provided by the Forth Bridge Authority.
Major Brian A S Leishman MBE
A possibility has arisen to visit the site of the battle undertaken by the 7th and 8th Battalions, in June next year. (see below for itinerary)
The battle was one during which 25 officers were killed or missing and 14 wounded whilst 492 other ranks were killed or missing and 214 wounded. The 8th Battalion were the worst hit and because of the heavy casualties a composite 7/8th Battalion was formed of the survivors.
The proposal: -
In the footsteps of the 8th Cameronians in Gallipoli
26/30 June 2015 - £1300:00 (£1000:00 without flights)
The tour is based on a group minimum size 12/maximum size 15. It is based in a 3 star very modern hotel in historic Canakkale and inclusive of Bed, Breakfast & Packed Lunch on the tour days. The tour can be inclusive of flights provided by our ATOL Partner Avocet Travel Management or you can meet in direct in Istanbul at Ataturk International Airport.
This tour, led by an experienced Gallipoli guide will focus on the movements of the 52nd Lowland Division during the Gallipoli Campaign. The tour will offer a number of walks that cover the highlights of the campaign, at a relaxed pace and with scope to visit those spots especially connected to the 8th Cameronians a century ago.
Replies to me please not later than 20 August 2014. A telephone call indicating interest would be helpful.
Major Brian A S Leishman MBE (Tel: 0044 (0) 131 557 0187) (more…)