Warrior Shellhole History

Warrior: a person, who shows or has shown great vigour,
Courage or aggressiveness in their endeavours

HISTORY

The idea to form Warrior Shellhole came from 5 members who in the early 1950s got together on an open stretch of land at Muldersdrift to make it happen. The first Old Bill, in 1952, was Vic Clapham, who is perhaps better known to the general public for his founding role in the Comrades Marathon. Our Charter was granted on the 9th February, 1952. Over the next few years the Moths of Warrior Shellhole themselves built the Shellhole Building and Club premises, as well as the first three cottages.

Warrior is proud to have a connection with Moth O, who designed a Crest for our Shellhole, the central feature of which he described in 1957 as “crossed Crusader swords”, and these are still to be seen in the middle our Banner.

Moth O was also involved in the rebuilding of Moth McArdle’s cottage in 1957. Moth McArdle had built a cottage for himself on the hillside overlooking Muldersdrift and one day when he was out, it caught alight and burned down. The Members of Warrior Shellhole got together and rebuilt his cottage. Moth O heard about this and he officiated when the Shellhole handed over the rebuilt cottage to Moth McArdle.

It was a cold day, to judge from the photos which show him wearing a greatcoat (maybe a Naval coat?) over his MOTH uniform. At the opening he said the following –

“This day, is a day of victory for Warrior Shellhole and to underline it, it becomes my pleasant duty to bring you greetings from a brotherhood of … Dugouts and Shellholes extending over the Union …”

Moth 0 at the opening of Rebuilt McArdle Cottage, 1957.
Moth 0 at the opening of Rebuilt McArdle Cottage, 1957.

Since these first building efforts by Warrior Shellhole, the members of Warrior Shellhole have themselves built all the other buildings which we see today on the Warrior property. Members of Oasis Shellhole have also contributed to building work and today we have 25 cottages through which we give shelter to those of our members who need our Mutual Help. We are grateful to be able to offer these cottages in True Comradeship, recognizing our duty of Sound Memory to remember the service which our brother Moths have given.

Past Old Bills

1974 – Moth Shorty Weber

1975 – Moth Shorty Weber 1976 – Moth Jim Hay

1977 – Moth Jim Hay

1978 – Moth Shorty Weber 1979 – Moth Shorty Weber

1980 – Moth Dick Isaac

1981 – Moth Robbie Maxwell 1982 – Moth Dick Isaac

1983 – Moth Bob Kearns

1984 – Moth Bob Kearns 1985 – Moth Bob Kearns

1986 – Moth George Euvrard

1987 – Moth Jim Hay 1988 – Moth Tony Euvrard

1989 – Moth Tony Euvrard

1990 – Moth Len Orchard 1991 – Moth Arthur Cooper

1992 – Moth Arthur Cooper

1993 – Moth Arthur Cooper 1993/1994 – Moth W Ellis

1994/1995 – Moth A Euvrard

1995/1996 – Moth W Ellis 1996/1997 – Moth W Ellis

1997/1998 – Moth D Prowling

1998/1999 – Moth A Cooper 1999/2000 – Moth A Cooper

2000/2001 – Moth A Cooper

2001/2002 – Moth A Cooper 2003/2004 – Moth G Clark

2004/2005 – Moth G Clark

2005/2006 – Moth C Viljoen 2006/2007 – Moth C Viljoen

2007/2008 – Moth C Viljoen

2008/2009 – Moth C Viljoen 2009/2010 – Moth C Viljoen

2010/2011 – Moth L Crator

2011/2012 – Moth L Crator 2012/2013 – Moth L Crator

2013/2014 – Moth L Crator

2014/2015 – Moth K Gradidge 2015/2016 – Moth K Gradidge

2016/2017 – Moth G Clark