District Executive for 2020-2021
To be advised
East London District fell in for the Remembrance Service on Sunday 10 November 2019. The welcome and much-needed rain did not stop the blokes in the performance of their duty, although all were soon, in the Scots saying,”fair drookit”
The parade was led by East London Caledonian Society Pipe Band. Although the regiment is busy with ongoing training before deployment, the Buffalo Volunteer Rifles provided a platoon and sentries for the service. Selborne College Brass Band played for the hymns and the national anthem and provided the bugler for Last Post & Reveille. It was a pleasure to see East London’s oldest veteran (99 years) MOTH Butler van der Vyver (Gonubie Shellhole) again in attendance.
After the civic service, the MOTH’s repaired to the MOTH Hall for a private service and special mention was made of blokes who answered the sunset call since the last Remembrance service.
Photo Credit: MOTH Mike Stone
Shirley Thompson & Mike Goss received the G-Badge and certificates of Good Comradeship for non-MOTHs for unselfish duties to the MOTH cause.
Mike is a Social Member at Outpost Shellhole and Chairman of the East London District MESCA Residents’ Association. Shirley is a member of the Hall Committee.
Certificates & badges were awarded by East London District Old Bill Ray Glover during the East London District Quarterly meeting.
October 11th 2019
East London District hosted its last quiz evening for 2019 on 11 October.
At half time the contestants broke for supper, which was chicken 7’s. This was an appropriate selection as some of the teams were at 6’s and 7’s.
Round 1 General Knowledge – winners Team Mothballs
Round 2 Slummies – De La Salle A, De La Salle B & Team Mothballs tied for 1st place. De La Salle A won the tie-breaker
Round 3 Sport – winners Deputy Dogs
Round 4 Music & Entertainment – winners East Coast Brainwaves
Round 5 Science & Technology – winners 3 Thorns & A Rose
Round 6 Lost At Sea – winners Deputy Dogs.
The Gypseys “won” last place.
4th place: De La Salle B
3rd place: 3 Thorns & A Rose
2nd place: Deputy Dogs
1st place: Team Mothballs
Thank you to organisers and sponsors.
On 19 August 2019 E.C. Provincial Old Bill Van Oosten officiated at the induction of East London District executive. The new executive is:
District Old Bill Ray Glover;
District Wee Bill Mike Stone;
District Pay Bill Jannie Bezuidenhout
District Adjutant Brent Davis.
This was an extra-special occasion as MOTH Brent Davis was awarded his E-Badge in well-earned recognition of his service to the Order and to its ideals of True Comradeship, Mutual Help and Sound Memory
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.
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
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
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.
East London District held its annual potjie competition in aid of MESCA on Saturday 21 October 2017. Gonubie Shellhole emerged as the champions.
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
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.