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History of Oasis Shellhole


26 September 2021

Moth Andrew Fenner awarded the Certificate of Excellence at Province meeting held Warrior Shellhole by Provincial Old Bill,  Moth Dave Berry. A very deserved award.

Old Bill Dave Berry awards certificate of Excellence to Moth Andrew Fenner
Old Bill Dave pinning the E Badge
A very Proud Moth Andrew

June 16, 2021 – POTJIEKOS FUN DAY

Oasis Shellhole was fortunate to be in a position to hold a Potjiekos Fun Day on Wednesday 16th June 2021 on the Field of Dreams at Cottesloe Homes. An ideal opportunity for many to see each other in the open and be relatively safe from the spread of the dreaded Covid.

What started out as a Fun Day turned into a very serious competition with twelve teams eventually competing for the Passchendaele Somme floating trophy.

Passchendaele Somme Trophy some might ask at an Oasis function? Well, the history behind this, is that Passchendaele Somme Shellhole started the Potjiekos Fun Day in 2001. The first winners were Battle Ensign MOTHWA and the Fun Day carried on until 2016 and was won by Moth Eric Bosch. Unfortunately, the Shellhole closed shortly afterwards and the trophy all but disappeared. Many of the members of the defunct Shellhole transferred over to Oasis and have made their new Shellhole their home. Oasis run a couple of Fun Days after that but there was never a floating trophy. The idea was once again brought up in a Shellhole meeting earlier in the year and the date of the 16th June was decided upon. It was by pure coincidence that Moth Eric popped into to see me about a battery and I asked him if he knew where the trophy was, and with great excitement he said that he was in procession of it. He returned it to me and we were thus able to resurrect the Trophy for the Fun Day. Which I believe is a fitting tribute to a lost Shellhole.

The winners on the day were:

The Johannesburg Regiment Association “Officers”,

Second was Dardanelles Shellhole

Third was Just for Fun (Oasis Shellhole).

I wish to thank everybody who attended this fantastic day. Not only did the Shellhole make a few bob, but the Cottesloe pub was able to make some much need cash as well.

To the two judges, namely Moth Kallie Calitz and Moth Brian Bennett, my grateful thanks for a job very professionally done and executed.

To the members of Oasis, their wives and children who helped out on the day, thank you.

We hope to see you all next year, so diarize the 16th June 2022.

Mike Groenewald
Old Bill
Oasis Shellhole.


94th Founders Parade at Mount Memory


Inductions July 2017



19th November Parade

Oasis Shellhole held their annual Service of Remembrance at the Shrine situated in the grounds of the Oasis/Warrior cottages in Muldersdrift on 19th November 2017. The Service was attended by over 60 Moths, tenants from the cottages, family, friends and the Pipe Band.

After the Ceremony of Light, the Old Bill of the Shellhole, Moth Mike Groenewald opened proceedings by welcoming all and gave a brief history of the Shrine.

The following article appeared in the Aardvark which was the newsletter of Sandton Commando dated December 1988. Titled – Oasis Shellhole, Dedication Ceremony 27th November 1988. The ceremony was the Dedication of the Shrine and the first Remembrance Parade which has been held for the last 29 years.

“On the 27th November 1988 there was a dedication service at the Oasis Shellhole in Muldersdrift. There was a turnout of one hundred and fifty people and the event was characterized by a good spirit of comradeship.

The Shrine at the Shellhole was unveiled by Keith Ford (Oasis Old Bill), and the sermon was given by Padre W Marshall. Padre Marshall emphasized in his sermon that battlefields are Holy ground since everyone pays the supreme price. Wars are about ordinary people fighting one another. Even though enemies in war, soldiers can become close friends after the cessation of hostilities. It was ironical, the Padre remarked, that in reality, all nations crave peace. Wreaths were laid by various military officials, including Commandant Edgar, the O.C. of Sandton Commando.

After the ceremony an excellent light lunch was provided by members of the Red Cross. Sandton Commando members manned the bar and also assisted with the preparation of the venue by erecting tents”

It was also pointed out that three members of Oasis Shellhole who attended that parade were present at the service, namely Moths Robbie Dow, Mike Hart and Sean Mc Harry. Interestingly they all were Sergeant’s Major in Sandton Commando as well.

In closing Moth Mike mentioned that the bricks had been donated by Ken Faithful, a member of Sandton Commando and a Moth and the Shrine was built by Moth Alec Alexander who has a section of the cottages dedicated to him and that the 30th parade which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities will be as special as the first parade in 1988

After the Service everybody retired to the Warrior Arms Club for the toasts and light refreshments.

Christmas Lunch at Cottesloe on the 17th December 2017

Oasis Awards Jess Wynne Certificate of Good Comeradeship.

Oasis Potjie Competition 29 April 2018