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Memorable Order of Tin Hats - M.O.T.H.

The Moth was founded on the 7th May 1927.

This cartoon was printed and this lead to the founding of the Order. The cartoon was captioned "Forgetfulness". The MOTH Revolves around the three ideals of True Comradeship, Mutual Help and Sound Memory. The cartoon was drawn by Charles Evenden, later to be known as MOTH 0. This being his membership number.

The idea or the Order,then and now is to help fellow comrades in need, either financially or physically and to remember all servicemen who have answered the Sunset Call, both in war and peace time.

Who Qualifies to become a MOTH?

Subject in all cases to the production to MOTH General Headquarters of satisfactory documentary proof of such service, personnel are eligible for membership of the Order who served:

  • In any War prior to 1939 as a member of the fighting forces, including medical or other auxiliary units of such forces. This includes all wars and campaigns in any country.
  • In the 1939-45 War and subsequent campaigns as members of the Union Defence Force outside the borders of the Union on active service.
  • As full-time members of the Union Defence Force, in the Coastal or Coast Garrison Artillery and the South African Air Force Squadrons engaged in seaward patrols. This includes ex-members of the Radar Service and Coastal Crash Boat crew serving with the Artillery Batteries and SAAF Squadrons mentioned above.
  • As full-time members of the South African Naval Forces outside the Union or in the coastal defence of the Union. As members of the British or Allied Forces – air, navy or army – Great Britain or abroad.
    NOTE: In Britain the Home Guard and National Fire Service are not classed as armed services.
  • As officers or ratings in ships of the Allied Merchant Service at sea during World War I and World War II and minor campaigns mentioned in paragraph 7. As full-time members of the Air Auxiliary Services of the Allied Forces (such as the BOAC) who served in combat areas in support of the Allied Forces in World War II.
  • With the Underground Resistance Movements (Partisan Forces) during the World War of 1939-45 on the side of the original Allies.
  • As full-time servicemen or women in minor campaigns, viz. Korea (1950-53), Kenya (1952-56), Malaya (1948-60), Cyprus (1955-59), Suez (1956-57), Palestine (1946-49), Yemen (Aden Protectorate) (1964-67), Western Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei) (1962-68) with the British Forces in Ireland (1969 -) who are in possession of the General Service Medal and/or Northern Ireland Clasp. The guerrilla warfare in which Rhodesia was engaged 11.11.65 until 05.03.80, members of British Forces in the Falkland Island Campaign 02.04.82 to 14.06.83; members of American Forces and their Allies in Vietnam from 22.12.61 to 07.05.75.
  • As members of the South African Police or Rhodesia Police (11.11.65 until 05.03.80) who have been in active operation against guerrillas on their Borders and who are in possession of the South African Police Medal for Combating Terrorism or the Rhodesian General Service Medal.
  • In Vietnam as members of the Allied Forces (as recognised for eligibility for the 1939-45 World War).
  • As security force members –
    • who served in an operational area, namely South West Africa, Angola, Mozambique or the South African Borders.
    • who have been directly engaged in operations anywhere in South Africa from 01st December 1983 until 02nd February 1990.
    • as Security Force members actively engaged in urban and rural operations after 02nd February 1990 and up to and including 27th April 1994.
  • members of the SANDF who since 1994 have received a campaign medal or clasp issued by the Joint Chiefs, Operations Support for any military operations. These to include peace keeping forces and operations in: Lesotho, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Mozambique and Sudan. These Campaigns will be updated from time to time at GHQ meetings
  • Allied Service Personnel who fought in Operation Desert Storm.
  • Allied Service Personnel who fought in the Iraq War/Balkans Conflict (NATO Forces)/Afghanistan.
  • Allied Service Personnel who served/currently serve in NATO Forces operations, and are in procession of a service/campaign medal or the necessary proof confirming that the person took part in the operation

MOTH General Headquarters shall decide from time to time which further campaigns are added to Annexure "B".

How do I Join?

If you fall in the above categories, then download the application form. Once completed, contact your nearest Shellhole (click here for a full list of Shellholes in South Africa)

Constitution and Standing Orders

The MOTH have a Constitution and Standing Orders that have evolved over the years. These can only be changed by Moth General Head Quarters at a MOTH General Head Quarters meeting with majority vote, These meetings are held twice a year, May and November. November is the AGM of MOTH General Head Quarters.

Key to our Constitution is the quote”

It’s The Spirit that Counts
“There never has been, nor ever can be, a perfect constitution; nor will new laws cease. The most we common mortals can do is to observe the rules and then between the lines discover the simple truth … that in true brotherhood ‘It’s the spirit that counts.’”

Download the MOTH CONSTITUTION AND GSO pdf document


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