Purpose (of committee meeting): All Branch members are invited to contribute in providing suggestions/feedback, or just listen to the quarterly update. Final event planning will also take place for one of our upcoming flagship events – scheduled three weeks after (Nation-building Tribute to three great South African statesmen, coinciding on Freedom Day).
Note: The committee meeting will start at 10:00. Once this formal part of the day is complete, the fun part of the day begins…
Following the committee meeting, our fun QUARTERLY SOCIAL will commence.
We would like to invite all legionnaires to join us for the afternoon at our next quarterly SA Legion Social.
This is an opportunity for fellow legionnaires to catch up with old friends, connect & forge bonds with new friends… also a chance to direct any questions or suggestions to Committee Members over a nice relaxing beer!
Battle of Square Hill **Centenary** Parade
Purpose: We remember the contribution of the South African Cape Corps battalion which helped the Allies – lead by General Allenby – break through to Damascus and knock the Ottoman Empire out of World War One.
This year marks the milestone centenary… for a historic battle which is not yet at the forefront of general consciousness in the United Kingdom. The legion playing its part to raise general awareness.
There will be a brief special ceremony preceding the official parade where we invite guests to attend (in the chapel near our Richmond cenotaph).
- Reserve your tickets now!
- It is time again for you to get out your Mess Dress or Black-Tie evening wear for this superb occasion.
- The event will be full of pleasant surprises, a few twists and a great atmosphere, especially for our partners and families that normally do not participate in our events during the year.
- An ideal opportunity for everyone to meet up and have an enjoyable evening with a great three course meal, drinks, fun and dance.
- This event will also present itself with new annual awards, and over £2,000.00 worth of prizes and items to raffle. This means that everyone should leave with something to remember the evening by.
- All this for tickets price of only £60 per person.
11 November 2018 will mark 100 years since end of the First World War.
On Saturday 10 November 2018, at 09h30 for 10ho0, members of the South African Legion UK & Europe as well as representatives of other South African veterans’ organisations will gather at the South African Memorial Cenotaph at East Sheen Cemetery in Richmond. We will observe two minutes’ silence at 11h00 and then lay wreaths in honour of all South Africans who gave their lives in two World Wars.
Note: This parade will occur on the day preceding the London Whitehall Cenotaph march-past (on 11 Nov 2018). It follows a successful event last year and presents an extra opportunity for those travelling to London that weekend.
All veterans, family, and friends are welcome, and we would like to have as many members of the wider South African community there as we can, so please feel free to share this event far and wide.
Afterwards, we’ll move to a suitable nearby pub raise a glass to Absent Friends and Good Comrades.
Dress code: SA Legion ‘parade order’ (SAL Beret, SAL or dark blazer, medals, poppy). Civilian guests requested to dress in a manner fitting the solemnity of the occasion.
Travel Advisory: The nearest station is North Sheen, a 10 to 15 minute walk.
If you would like to lay a wreath or flowers on behalf of an organisation, please register with the parade convenor firstname.lastname@example.org
Purpose: This parade is held annually as a day “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”.
NOTE: Current 2018 Members of the South African Legion are invited to participate in the Cenotaph Parade.
You MUST be a paid up member to wear the SA Legion Insignia.
You will need a ticket in advance to attend this parade.
Please be there by 09:00am as we have done in the past. We will then make our way to the Horse Guards parade ground from around 09:30am.
General Information as provided by the RBL
· Horse Guards will be open from 08:00 am
· All contingents must be FORMED Up by 10:00 am
· There is no parking in the area
· Do not bring unnecessary bags, unattended bags cannot be left in the area at any time.
· You must bring a photo ID with you (drivers licence or passport are the only two types accepted).
· If you DO NOT have a photo ID – you are required to bring TWO utility bills to show proof of address (any address carrying Bank Statement, Utility bill, Council bill or HM Revenue bill will be acceptable).
· Those members under 18 years of age can have proof of ID in the form of a Birth certificate or medical certificate.
The post parade function will be at the same place and time as we have done in the past years. Details of Post Parade venue as follows:
The Kings Arms – 2 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7QA
Purpose: We pay tribute to the Jewish servicemen.
There is a deep-rooted history of Jewish servicemen contributing to South African military history, with heroic acts scattered from the time of the Boer war – where they served on both sides – to the modern day.
Purpose: We remember the sacrifices made by all during both Anglo Boer Wars
As always The Royal Scots Dragoons Regiment association look forward to some “Saffa” participation at the Carabineers/Boer War remembrance day that is held at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London.
The day consists of a short remembrance service on the embankment (opposite Chelsea Bridge), followed by an optional attendance of the service in the prestigious chapel, and then a curry lunch (well recommended for a tenner), a small raffle, and socialising with the Chelsea pensioners, the Royal Scots Dragoon guards and fellow legionnaires.
- Meeting and Social – 135 High St, Teddington TW11 8HH
Purpose: All Branch members are invited to contribute in providing suggestions/feedback, or just listen to the quarterly update. Final event planning will also take place for one of our upcoming flagship events – scheduled two weeks after (Three Ships/Mendi/All Ships Parade & SA Armed Forces Day).
- Following the committee meeting, our fun quarterly social will commence at 13:30.
- We would like to invite all Legionnaires to our next quarterly SA Legion Social to join us!
- An opportunity for fellow Legionnaires to catch up with old friends, connect & forge bonds with new friends… also a chance to direct any questions or suggestions to Committee Members over a nice relaxing beer!
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 oiler, SAS Tafelberg, in the South Atlantic.
- (same photo as previous)
- 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, particularly black South Africans. For many black South Africans there has been an awakening of an illustrious heritage, which identifies with the whole South African society. Blacks have equally played a very important role in the defence of this country dating back to the First World War.