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5 July: Raid to Albatross

In the early hours of Friday 5 July, the Aloe Raiders (East London District)
set out on an ultra-top-secret mission.  Their destination: Albatross
Shellhole in Knysna.  Their objective: true comradeship, mutual help and
sound memories.  So successful was the security that nobody at Albatross
knew of the impending raid – except, perhaps, the executive and the blokes.

Mopping up operations continued throughout Saturday 6 July, with the
intrepid soldiers braving the hazards of Shellhole, wine farm and fishing
club.  VK (Victory in Knysna) was declared and the raiding party returned to
base on Sunday 7 July.  No dead or missing were reported.

 

 


Tobruk Night – June 2019

On Friday 21 June 2019 East London District joined members of the Kaffrarian Rifles (now Buffalo Volunteer Rifles) in commemorating Tobruk Night.

On this day in 1942, Tobruk fell to the Afrika Korps led by Lt-General Erwin Rommel.  Almost the entire 2nd South African Infantry Division, including
the Kaffrarian Rifles, was captured.  Some Kaffrarian Rifles members such as “Bill” Bailie MC* and “Toys” Norton VC managed to escape and continued to
serve to the end of the war.  The POWs were interned in Italy and in Germany.  Some managed to escape and returned to South Africa or served with
Italian partisans.  Others suffered the deprivations and death marches that accompanied the fall of the 3rd Reich.  After WW2 the regiment reformed and
rebuilt as a top citizen force infantry regiment and has in operations as varied as Operation Savannah and peace-keeping duties in DRC and elsewhere.

Tobruk Night has been commemorated annually and honours those who willingly gave so much so freely.  At 98 years of age, Butler van der Vyver, the
regiment’s last survivor of Tobruk, continues to be an honoured guest and his memories of the occasion are spell-binding.  Regimental historian, Major
(rtd) Anthony Step provides meticulously researched “big picture” details.

We Will Remember Them.


Pub Evening Quiz – 5th April

When the Battle’s O’er – 11 November 2018

A tribute to the Battles O’er

There were 4 MOTH present: Rev. Denis de Lange (Port Rex) who did a short service and Old Bill Claude Hundermark, Jonno Neethling and Dave Rankin (Buffalo-Dixie)

East London Caledonian Society Pipe Band joined in the worldwide tribute to the 2000 pipers who lost their lives during World War 1. In each country, the retreat march “Battle’s O’er” was played at 0600 local time. The Armistice was signed at 0600 (GMT + 1) effective 1100. After the band marched into position, Rev. Denis de Lange gave a short service reminding all of the purpose of the parade. The retreat march was played at 0600, followed by the lament “Flowers of the Forest” for all the fallen of all wars


11th  November Parade

A large contingent of ex-Servicemen and a platoon from Buffalo Volunteer Rifles paraded at the Remembrance Service held at the Cenotaph in East
London. A special tribute was the flypast of 11 aircraft at 11:00.

We will remember them.

 


On Sunday 6 October, East London District hosted a recruitment drive at a Family Fun Day hosted by church group LIA (Love In Action).  The stall was set up and manned by members Buffalo-Dixie, Gonubie & Port Rex Shellholes and MOTHWA.  While there were many lulls in activity, the stall proclaimed MOTH activity in East London District, dispelled the myth that the Order is a relic of the Great War and attracted the interest of potential 3rd Generation recruits

East London District Annual Potjie Competition

East London District hosted its annual potjie competition at the MOTH complex. Contestants from Buffalo-Dixie, Gonubie and Port Rex Shellholes as well as Cambridge Lions and De La Salle Old Boys Association.

The Lions, who entered 7 pots, had a mini-competition between themselves.

1st place: Beverley Miles of Lions


Battle of Britain Commemoration Service 9 Sept 2018

East London District joined members of the Royal Air Force Association and
the S. A. Legion for the Battle of Britain Commemoration Service held on
Sunday 9 September 2018.The Reverend Barry Wittstock conducted the service.  East London Caledonian
Society Pipe Band led the parade and played the lament “Flowers of the
Forest”.  Selborne College supplied the trumpeter for Last Post and
Reveille.  The Fly Past was courtesy of Border Aviation Club.DEDICATION: In friendship and in service, one to another, we are pledged to
keep alive the memory of those of all nations who died in the Royal Air
Force and the Air Forces of the Commonwealth.  In their name we give
ourselves to this noble cause.  Proudly and thankfully, we will remember
them

Remembrance – 12th November 2017

Remembrance Day was observed at a service held at the Cenotaph in East London on Sunday 12 November 2017.  Special tribute was given to the 607 men  of the S.A. Native Labour Contingent who died when their ship, SS Mendis, sank after a collision in 1917.


Potjie Time  Saturday 21 October 2017

East London District held its annual potjie competition in aid of MESCA on  Saturday 21 October 2017. Gonubie Shellhole emerged as the champions.

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East London District repulsed a surprise attack on 7 July 2017.

The dashing Falschirmjager leader (a) had recently returned from invading
Crete and, apart from being a German, is also a cretin.

His fellow Falschirmjager (b) came Russian from the front to join forces
with members of the Waffen SS (c & d) in the daring night-time raid.  The
meticulous planning went awry when only whisky was available for the
pre-raid toast ( e) and something “schnapped” (f).

82nd Airborne (g) took the opportunity to launch a successful
counter-attack.  In true Hollywood fashion, the hero gets the girl.  Here
(h) he is seen whispering those tender words “would you like fries with
that?”


Re-opening of the East London Drill Hall June 2017

East London District MOTH were well represented at the reopening of the
Buffalo Volunteer Rifles (formerly Kaffrarian Rifles) Drill Hall.

The Hall has been closed for extensive renovations and upgrading.

In his speech, the GOC SA Army Infantry Formation spoke of the challenges
facing Reserve Forces and singled out the MOTH order as an important
participant in storing South Africa’s military history and in providing a
support base for the maintenance of a competent and capable Defence Force


 

The Lions Club of Cambridge (East London) hosted a potjie competition on
Saturday 25 February 2017.  Funds raised went to McClelland Adult Centre for
the Intellectually Impaired.  Buffalo-Dixie and Port Rex Shellholes
participated.   The competition was won by Kempston Group.  This was the
first attempt at such a competition by Lions, who may be relied on to
support the East London District potjie competition in aid of M.E.S.C.A.