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Pipe Major Alexander (Sandy) Grieve D.C.M and the Lament of Deville Wood

Alexander “Sandy” Grieve was a South African soldier of the great war. He was born in Scotland at Largo in Fife, in 1869.As a young man he joined the British army as a professional soldier and served in the Royal Highlanders, the Scottish Regiment, better know as the Black Watch. It was as a British …

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Operation Savannah – a Rifleman’s View: January to April 1976

by Ray Matthews As part of the continuous military training in the South African Defence Force (SADF) which was required of white, male South African citizens in terms of the Defence Act of 1957 I had, prior to 1975, been on two three-week camps. A member of the 1st Battalion, the Transvaal Scottish Regiment, my …

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Buller Cockcroft MBE – A Biography

Buller Redvers Mark “Snakebite” Cockcroft MBE ~ A Biography by Stewart Cant (Grandson-In-Law)Assisted by Noel Thain (Daughter) 1. Introduction Regimental Sergeant Major Cockcroft “filled me and many others there [prisoner of war camp at Laterina in Italy] with undying admiration as the finest soldier we have ever known.” (Mr. S.G. Wolhuter in the Cape Times, …

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Delville Wood Wreath Laying Service 2020

Dear Veterans, The annual Delville Wood service has been downscaled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A small “limited numbers” service will take place on Sunday at the Transvaal Scottish Cenotaph. This notice serves to inform members who annually attend the Delville Wood service in remembrance that a traditional service will be held for a closed …

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