UK Founders Day Parade

Purpose: Founder’s Day (also known as Oak Apple Day) is the highlight of the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s calendar, an event attended by all our brethren, the Chelsea Pensioners, celebrating the founding of the Royal Hospital by King Charles II. The event has taken place every year since the founding of the Royal Hospital in 1681


Wall of Remembrance Service

Purpose: Memorial Service for the fallen for Border Operations


SA Legion Spring Social and Family Day

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Purpose: Informal South African Gathering

  • This will be an informal event hosted by the South African Legion – United Kingdom and Europe
  • A great atmosphere for the whole family and friends for those that are not inclined to attend a formal event.
  • An ideal opportunity for everyone to meet up and have an enjoyable afternoon and evening with a many events , food, drinks, and fun.
  • This event will also present itself as an opportunity to recruit

TBC



Nation-building Tribute

Purpose: In celebrating Freedom Day in South Africa, the South African Legion – England Branch, in association with the Royal British Legion – South African Branch, gives tribute to three statesmen whose nation building vision and deeds shaped modern South Africa – Nelson Mandela, Jan Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi, whose statues are all represented on Parliament Square in London as great visionaries of not only South Africa, but also Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations.


Parachute Jump – Crossing the Rhine – Operation Varsity 1945

Training / Retraining / Certification to jump done at Pathfinder Group – Teuge, Netherlands.

 Purpose: Ceremony and Parachute Jumps in honour of the Commonwealth and US soldiers who fell during the Battle of Operation Varsity crossing the Rhine

Further details TBC


Commonwealth Day Parade

Purpose: The annual celebration day for the Commonwealth of Nations, consisting of 52 member states, of which South Africa is a member.


Three Ships Parade

Purpose: We remember all this South African navy ships lost at sea through the ages, starting from chronological order:

  • WW1: SS Mendi, which lead to 616 South Africans and 30 crew who lost their lives at sea, in South Africa’s biggest naval loss in history.
  • WW2: HMSAS Southern Floe, was sunk by a mine off Tobruk with the loss of 27 men, with 1 sole survivor, Stoker C J Jones.
  • Post-WW2: SAS President Kruger, President-classType 12 frigate which sank in 1982 with the loss of 16 lives after colliding with her replenishment oilerSAS Tafelberg, in the South Atlantic.
  • This day also marks South African Armed Forces Day, which was chosen to coincide with the sinking of the SS Mendi, indicating the impact which the sinking of the SS Mendi has had on a national level. For many South Africans there has been an awakening of an illustrious heritage, which identifies with the whole South African society. All groups have equally played a very important role in the defence of South Africa dating back to WWI.

SS Mendi Remembrance & Wreath Laying, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Lest we Forget:

In the annals of Southern Africa’s military history, 21 February 1917 is a dark day. It marks the sinking of the troopship SS Mendi after it was rammed off the Isle of Wight, with the loss of 616 South African servicemen, 607 of them members of the South African Native Labour Corps: Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana; the names on the SS Mendi Roll of Honour reflect every corner of Southern African society who embarked in Cape Town en route to support the Commonwealth war effort in northern France, where the First World War was raging.

Alas, only a fraction of the bodies of the SS Mendi casualties were ever found. Of those, 13 lie in the UK.

But another five SS Mendi casualties, namely, Private Abraham Leboche, Private Arosi Zendile, Private Sitebe Molide, Private Natal Kazimula and Private Sikaniso Mtolo, lie in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission section of the General Cemetery of Noordwijk, just north of The Hague in the Netherlands. Though neutral during the First World War, the Netherlands was not spared from hosting the casualties of a war that was fought within earshot.

Today, the anniversary of the SS Mendi disaster is aptly the day on which South Africa remembers her fallen soldiers. Throughout the country, parades and ceremonies will be held to commemorate those South Africans who made the ultimate sacrifice in wars across the globe.

Following successful events over the last few years, members of the South African Legion Europe Branch will gather in Noordwijk on 21 February at 10h30, at an event hosted by the South African Embassy, to pay solemn respects to those who perished when the SS Mendi sank, as well as all South African Fallen in all wars since.

All are welcome.


SA Legion UK & Europe Regional Conference

The SA Legion UK & Europe Regional Conference

Welwyn Garden City – Ambulance Training Centre
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