Cameronian Day 2017

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Sunday May 14th was Cameronian Sunday, a Day of Remembrance for the Regiment.
The Remembrance Service and Conventicle was held in the village of Douglas in South Lanarkshire. The Regimental flag was raised at the village bowling green followed by the Church Service in St Brides Church and refreshments. At 2pm the Conventicle took place by the Regimental Cairn in the Grounds of the Douglas & Angus Estates.

In attendance at the Officers Lunch 2017 (see photo above)

Front row seated and kneeling left to right:-
Dr Robert Maxwell CVO CBE, Dudley Lucas, John Jeffrey MBE, Dudley Heathcote

Back row left to right:-
Philip Grant, Nick Daglish , Mike Sixsmith , Bob Lomas, Sandy Lindsay, Ian Park-Weir, David Craig
Brian Leishman MBE, Robin Buchanan-Dunlop, Ian Farquharson , Guy Brunker, John Craig, John Weir


Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Saturday 10 June 2017 3:59 pm

June 9th 2017. Lanimer Day Parade in Lanark.
1. Meet at the corner of St Leonard Road and St Leonard Street.
2. Congregrate 09.30 hrs for a prompt move of at 10.00 hrs.

June 10th 2017 Armed Forces Day South Lanarkshire Council.
1. Council’s banqueting hall opens from 09.00 hrs for tea and coffee before
Veterans form up.

June 24th 2017. Armed Forces Day Glasgow. (Admission is by ticket only.)
1. The Armed Forces flag will be raised on the 19.06.2017 to start the week’s activities.
2. There will be no parade or march pass and no event in George Square Glasgow.
3. There will be a civic reception on Saturday the 24th starting at 12.30 hrs

July 8th 2017. Covenanters Prison Edinburgh.
Service will be held in the grounds of Greyfriars Church Edinburgh
Members meet 12.30 hrs for 13.00 hrs service.

August 20th 2017. 328th Anniversary of The Battle of Dunkeld.
1. 10.30 hrs Members congregate before service.
2. 10.45 hrs Form up parade into church.
3. 11.00 hrs Church service.

All the above parades and events will be updated if there are any change of date, time, and more information when known.

‘The Black Hackle’ Newsletter - May 2017

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Saturday 10 June 2017 3:54 pm


Greetings to our members, their families and the friends of the Association.

An appeal is made to our members who receive copies of the newsletter by “snail mail” to please let us have an e-mail address to which we can send future issues. Not only is the SA Post Office very slow but cost of mail has become very expensive. Please send your e mail address to

The year started off with our monthly meetings and lunches being well attended. It was not long and we were into the planning of the year’s activities. Amazing how time flies! On Saturday 6th May a function was held in the ODJ Room for a joint celebration of the Regimental Birthday (1st May) and Cameronian Day (14th May). This took the form of a supper for 20 guests and needless to say the celebration was most enjoyable with good food, good wine, good company and good entertainment.

Membership continues to grow and family members are welcome to join. Membership is not restricted to WR types but is open to anyone who has the interest of the Regiment and the Association at heart. Annual subs are R50-00 per annum. Please make your cheques payable to Witwatersrand Rifles Regimental Association and forward them to our postal address which is reflected above or EFT into the Association Account, details which are reflected under “Fund Raising”.

Extracted from “A Bugle Calls”
Mid 1915 the 1 South African Infantry Brigade was formed and recruits were sent to the training camp at Potchefstroom where they were equipped, drilled and inspected. In the last week of September the first infantry detachments were embarked for England and by 17 October the final draft of the 160 Officers and 5,648 men of the Brigade were en route to England. Early in October 1915 the South African Brigade began to re-assemble at Borden Camp in Hampshire, where the troops were to spend two-and-a -half months drilling and training in cold, rain and wind.

Best wishes to all,

Kevin Townsend (Lt Col ret)

Sergeant Eddie Wallace / 23 April 1933 – 16 May 2017

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In memory of Sergeant Eddie Wallace (April 1933 – May 2017)

It is with great sadness that we report the recent death of Sergeant Eddie Wallace. Before he joined the army he (worked in the Merchant navy from age 14, then joined the Cameronians as soon as he legally could. He married his wife Barbara (Babs) whilst stationed at Lanark in 1960 where he had been posted as a training NCO.

At the time the Regiment disbanded, he chose to transfer to the RHF, but left them soon after to go back to the Merchant Navy.
His cremation took place at Daldowie on 23 May 2017 and representatives from the Regiment were in attendance.
Brian A S Leishman MBE