"The Friendly Red Hackle"
A Reasonably Irregular Communication from
The Transvaal Scottish Regiment

No 2/2010 -  11 February

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To all our friends:

 

And here we include all Members of the Regiment, Ex-members, Members of the Regimental Council, Members of the Regimental Association, Flanking Units, Historically Associated Units, and all others associated with The Transvaal Scottish (as well as those unlucky enough to have given me your e-mail address!)

 

This hopefully irregular monthly communication has the purpose to give out some pertinent information regarding the activities of the Regiment. This falls directly under the directive of the Chief of the Army, and it is also the intention of the Officer Commanding Lt. Col. D. Smythe to open the communication channels within the Greater Jocks Family.

“Open and greater communication makes for better understanding.”

 

Thought for the day:

"We must be the change we wish to see in the world"
Gandhi

 

Events in The Regiment

 
Personnel

We welcome Major Lyall Ferguson back to the Regiment as our Personnel Officer. Maj. Ferguson is busy getting the personnel records up to date again after a period of sad neglect. He is also looking for any outstanding medal applications - please contact him on +27-11-417-6112. (Office Hours Please) Please see below:


Key Personnel in The Transvaal Scottish

Rank   Name   Post   e-Mail   Cellular
Lt. Col.   Don Smythe   OC   OC e-Mail   082-522-8456
Maj.   Sean Culhane   2IC   2IC e-Mail   082-453-1741
WO1.   Deon Schoeman   RSM   RSM e-Mail   083-297-8301
Lt.   Terry King   Adj.   ADJ e-Mail   082-908-8184
Maj.   Lyall Fergusson   Personnel       011-417-6112
WO1.   Doug Maree   Intelligence        
Maj.   John Rudolph   Operations/Training   Training e-Mail    
Lt. Col.   Les Hutchinson   Logistics       084-326-8912
CO   Mark Ageson   Finance   Finance e-Mail   083-448-8667
Maj.   Diederik van 't Hof   Command Communication   CCom e-Mail   082-412-1830
                 
Maj.   MD Motsamai   A Coy Commander        
Maj.   DF Dinah   B Coy commander        
                 
Band            
    Craig Whitley   Pipe Major   Pipe Major e-Mail    
    Anthony Evans   Drum Major   Drum Major e-Mail    
    Alan Leesom   Band Liaison   Band Liaison e-Mail    
                 
On Attached Duty        
Lt. Col.   Frik Basson   Legal   Legal e-Mail    

Mobilizations, Shooting & Parades

 
Mobilization
The mobilization went almost as planned, but we had a few issues with last minute Medical examinations. The company is hard at work in Bloemfontein getting ready for the external deployment later this year.
The OC visited the troops while they were training:

 

The Troops are in high spirits.  The Command team are pumping with enthusiasm.

 

Perhaps note that they are achieving their objectives comfortably.  They are enjoying the camp as they close in on the deployment time.  The Transvaal Scottish are mustered as D-Company 1SAI. (South African Infantry)

 

The company will be taking leave over the period 22/02 – 02/03 when they report to DOD Mob Centre for the final mission training exercises.  They will report to the Kensington Garrison when they go on leave.  Here is an opportunity to see 100 tammies and hackles on a brief parade.

 

Interestingly, the Command element are the only Computer savvy team in the 1SAI deployment where all members  can use IT available. Unfortunately the computer has to remain here in RSA.  We are appealing for a notebook computer – must not be the top of the range.  Preferably with a printer and MS Office 97/2003.  Their current IT utilisation is making the 1SAI and FC members come get onto the track.

 

There are still some Log shortages.  This is being dealt with by Transvaal Scottish Log via ASB Potch & ASB Lens to some levels of success.  Once it is known what CR equipment is still required, these items will be supplemented from DOD Mob centre.

 

The present OC 1SAI is handing over to LtCol Martin Mofokeng shortly before they deploy.

 

Regards

 

Don Smythe
(DD SMYTHE)
OFFICER COMMANDING TRANSVAAL SCOTTISH REGIMENT : LTCOL.

 

Gold Cup
ELAC training continues as does practice on the range - Good Luck Team! The team is shooting 2-6 March in Bloemfontein

 

Pipe Band - please support them!

The Regimental Pipes and Drums are competing on the following dates:    
6th March: The African Skye Solo Piping and Drumming Championships
20th March: CBC Boksburg Gathering
27th March: Lyttelton Manor Gathering (to be confirmed)
 

Delville Wood Parade

Our annual Sollum / Honours Day Parade which is normally scheduled for January has been postponed until July. There are several reasons for this, the main one being that the preparations for the deployment took up lot of the manpower and time required. July has been chosen as it is also one of our Battle Commemorations - namely Delville Wood.

 

The 18th July 2010 has the following provisional format:

12H00 - SA Legion and MOTHS Memorial Parade

13H15 - Lunch and Drinks available in the mess - Please pre-order at the bar in the Sgt's Mess - light menu available

15H00 - Transvaal Scottish Regimental Honours Day Medal Parade

 

Remembrance Day Parades (Provisional Dates)
7th November - Parktown Boys High School

14th November - Transvaal Scottish Regimental Remembrance Day Parade

14th November - KES (King Edwards School) Remembrance Day Parade

 

Sidi Rezegh Parade

21st November - Sidi Rezegh Parade


MEDALS AND DECORATIONS INSTITUTED IN 2003

Here is some information that will be of interest to all our members. We have a medal parade coming up in July, so those members who think that there may be outstanding Medals and Awards due to them - please contact Maj. Lyall Ferguson on +27-82-648-1100

Medal Post Nominal   English Translation   Medal Ribbons
Nkwe ya Gauta (NG)   Golden Leopard  
Nkwe ya Selefera (NS)   Silver Leopard
Nkwe ya Boronse (NB)   Bronze Leopard
iPhrothiya ye Golide (PG)   Golden Protea
iPhrotiya ye Siliva (SP)   Silver Protea
iPhrotiya yeBhronzi (BP)   Bronze Protea
Tshumelo Ikatelaho     General Service Medal
Medalje vir Troue Diens (RD) See below   Medal for Loyal Service
 

DECORATIONS

 
Nkwe Decorations - (translated in English - Leopard) - awarded in Gold, Silver and Bronze
The Nkwe ya Gauta (Golden Leopard) is South Africa's highest of the three classes of the Nkwe Decorations. It was instituted with effect from 27 April 2003, and may be awarded to members of the South African National Defence Force (or any other armed forces serving with the SANDF) for exceptional bravery during military operations. A bar may be awarded to a recipient who earns the decoration again. A recipient is entitled to use the post-nominal letters NG. The Nkwe ya Gauta (Golden Leopard) Decoration replaced the Honoris Crux Gold Decoration (Awarded for outstanding bravery in extreme danger).
The Nkwe ya Selefera (Silver Leopard) is South Africa's second of the three classes of the Nkwe Decorations. It was instituted with effect from 27 April 2003, and may be awarded to members of the South African National Defence Force (or any other armed forces serving with the SANDF) for conspicuous bravery during military operations. A bar may be awarded to a recipient who earns the decoration again. A recipient is entitled to use the post-nominal letters NS. The Nkwe ya Selefera (Silver Leopard) Decoration replaced the Honoris Crux Silver Decoration (Awarded for exceptional bravery in great danger).
The Nkwe ya Boronse (Bronze Leopard) is South Africa's third of the three classes of the Nkwe Decorations. It was instituted with effect from 27 April 2003, and may be awarded to members of the South African National Defence Force (or any other armed forces serving with the SANDF) for bravery during military operations. A bar may be awarded to a recipient who earns the decoration again. A recipient is entitled to use the post-nominal letters NB. The Nkwe ya Boronse (Bronze Leopard) Decoration replaced the Honoris Crux Decoration (Awarded for bravery in danger).
 
Protea Decorations - awarded in Gold, Silver and Bronze.
If the decoration is earned during a military operation, an arm-of-service emblem will be worn on the ribbon.
The iPhrothiya yeGolide (Golden Protea) is a South African military decoration. It was instituted with effect from 27 April 2003, and may be awarded to members of the South African National Defence Force (or any other armed forces serving with the SANDF) for exceptional leadership, or exceptional meritorious service and utmost devotion to duty. A bar may be awarded to a recipient who earns the decoration again. A recipient is entitled to use the post-nominal letters PG.
The iPhrothiya yeSiliva (Silver Protea) is a South African military decoration. It was instituted with effect from 27 April 2003, and may be awarded to members of the South African National Defence Force (or any other armed forces serving with the SANDF) for outstanding leadership, or outstanding meritorious service and particular devotion to duty. A bar may be awarded to a recipient who earns the decoration again. A recipient is entitled to use the post-nominal letters PS.
The iPhrothiya yeBhronzi (Bronze Protea) is a South African military decoration. It was instituted with effect from 27 April 2003, and may be awarded to members of the South African National Defence Force (or any other armed forces serving with the SANDF) for leadership, or meritorious service and devotion to duty. A bar may be awarded to a recipient who earns the decoration again. A recipient is entitled to use the post-nominal letters PB.
 

CAMPAIGN MEDALS

 
Tshumelo Ikatelaho - General Service Medal
The Tshumelo Ikatelaho (General Service Medal) is a South African military medal. It was instituted with effect from 27 April 2003, and may be awarded to members of the South African National Defence Force (or any other armed forces serving with the SANDF) for service in military operations, belligerent or otherwise, for which individual campaign medals are not issued.
 

LONG SERVICE MEDALS
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR 20 YEAR EMBLEM AND POST NOMINAL TITLE

 
Medalje vir Troue Diens - Medal for Loyal Service
The Medalje vir Troue Diens (Medal for Loyal Service) is a South African military medal. It was instituted with effect from 27 April 2003, and is awarded to members of the South African National Defence Force who complete ten years qualifying service and whose character and conduct have been irreproachable. Clasps are added after further periods of ten years service.
 

EMBLEMS

 
Okhankanyiweyo - Mentioned in Despatches
The Okhankanyiweyo (Mention in Despatches) emblem is a South African military award. It was instituted with effect from 27 April 2003, and may be awarded to members of the South African National Defence Force (or any other armed forces serving with the SANDF) for brave or meritorious conduct, leadership, devotion to duty or praiseworthy service which does not warrant the award of a decoration or medal. The emblem is in effect a fourth-level award for services which fall short of the requirements for the Nkwe ya Boronse or iPhrothiya yeBhronzi. It consists of the South African coat of arms in bronze, and is to be worn on the ribbon of the relevant campaign medal, e.g. the Tshumelo Ikatelaho.
 
Emblem for Reserve Force Service
The Emblem for Reserve Force Service is a South African military award. It was instituted on 27 April 2003, and may be awarded to members of the part-time Reserve Force of the South African National Defence Force after twenty years of service, provided that at least five of those years have been served in the Reserve Force or in the former part-time military forces which preceded it. A recipient is entitled to use the post-nominal letters RD (for "Reserve Force Distinction").

Social Events

 

27th March 2010 - Regimental Ball - Click Here for details

The Annual Regimental Ball is being held on the 27th March at the Bergvallei Country Estate. The Regiment is still looking for some sponsors for the evening, and of course more ticket sales!

Bergvallei Country Lodge has some very reasonably priced accommodation available for those of you who may not want to drive home after the event.

Please contact the event co-ordinator Naomi Lewis at
e-Mail: naomi.fromthismoment@gmail.com or on cell phone: 084-811-3412

Or you can contact the Adjutant Lt. Terry King at
e-Mail: thehighlandmoon@gmail.com or on cell phone: 082-908-8184


21st May 2010 - Officers’ Mess Dinner

May is our Annual Officers Mess Dinner. Maj. Sean Culhane is busy with the arrangements, and at present he is deciding on the venue as well as the date - provisionally arranged for the 21st May. Anyone interested in attending can e-mail the 2IC at sean.culhane@goldfields.co.za. Invitations will naturally be sent out when the final arrangements have been made.


2nd October 2010 - Regimental Open Day - SA IS LEKKER!

Those interested in having some exhibition space or wanting to take a tent please contact yours truly!

Please join us for a day of Pap and Boerewors, South African Music and Fun

 

  It's Lekker to Live
in South Africa!
 

Every Friday - Lunch at "The View"
The kitchen at "The View" has been refurbished and is completely operational. Fridays are rapidly becoming a weekly get-together again. There is a light menu available (not only on Fridays) - from Prego Rolls, Boerewors Rolls etc.

I tested the Prego Roll - and it's good! Please let's support "The View".


Every First Thursday of the month - Eisbein Club

On an informal note - the "Eisbein Club" has has now been in existence for over 20 years! An absolutely informal, unofficial and relaxed get-together every First Thursday of the month. It is for people who enjoy good food, good beer, good Jagermeister and good company, and who somewhere had a military connection (however vague that may be or have been!) The get together happens at:

Schwabinger Stuben Restaurant,
387 Main Street,
Ferndale

From about 12H30. Wear a tie - or you get fined!
Every so often we even get a Piper to play - the expressions on the faces of the other clientele is something to see!


Last Months' Question:

Thanks to Pat Marshall, Ian Cumming, Chris Mullinder, Alan Munro, Paddy Clarence, John Dewar, Stewie Campbell and Maj Tim Lineker (who also says that Sandy Mallen was the Pipe Major at the time) who identified the person as WO2 Lou van der Poel.

Peter Digby's answer:  "The drum major is WO2 Lou van der Poel whom I used as D/M of the 1902 pipe band that led 2 TS  on the Freedom of the City march in June 1977 for the T.S. 75th Birthday."

Regards,

Peter

PS there were a whole lot of other cards in the set.... 25c each. The card dates from the 1960’s

And a most comprehensive answer came from Pat Marshall:

Dear Sir,

The Jock Drum Major featured on a postcard (which was published in the late 50's or early 60,s) is the late WO2 Lou van der Poel.

Lou was a Drummer in the 1TS band and served with the battalion in East and North Africa in WW2. After the battle of El Alamein, when the 1Ts returned to the, then Union of S.A., he in company with many other Jocks joined the Prince Alfred's Guard which was reformed as a Tank regiment under the command of Lt/Col "Jock" Olsen. "Jock" Olsen had commanded 1TS for some time up to and including Alamein.

I believe that Lou, having rejoined the Pipes and Drums, took over from D/M John Bland and retired in 19?? , when his wife Sylvia became terminally ill. This was relatively shortly before the Regiment received the Freedom of Barberton.

As a Sergeant I was requested to take over the role of Drum Major. This proved to be a very busy but, also, very interesting and informative time during which I had the best possible help and guidance from Pipe Major "Jock" Perrie. Unfortunately "Jock" has also passed on.

I hope this answers the query raised by Mr Bunyard.

Cheers, Pat Marshall.

 
And now for this month:
(Just because there seems to a lot about medals!):
This medal was issued for the Boer War 1899 - 1902. Note the similarities in the colours on this ribbon and those on the current Medalje vir Troue Diens. Who knows who issued it, what it was called, why it was issued, and who was eligible?

A Bit of Interesting History: One of our Historical Connections

    

    

 

Fife and Forfar Yeomanry
Cap Badge
  Scottish Horse
Cap Badge
  Fife and Forfar Yeomanry /
Scottish Horse Cap Badge
  Queens Own Yeomanry
Cap Badge

The Scottish Horse was a Yeomanry Regiment of the British Territorial Army from 1900 to 1956 when it was amalgamated with the The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry.

Raised in South Africa in 1900 for service in the Second Boer War / Second War of Independence, the regiment saw heavy fighting in both the Great War as the 13th Battalion of The Black Watch and in World War II as part of The Royal Artillery.

Today the combined regiment is perpetuated by "C" (FFY/SH) Squadron of The Queen's Own Yeomanry based in Cupar, Fife, and a detachment in Forfar. The Queens Own Yeomanry is the only British TA Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment.

The Scottish Horse wore the same tartans as The Transvaal Scottish, and this is perpetuated by the FFY/SH.


On The International Front

29th May 2010 - The Annual Atholl Highlander's Parade at Blair Castle. Parade at 14H30.
30th May 2010 - The Annual Highland Gathering at Blair Castle

Something Arbitrary - Economics 101!

An economics professor at a local college made the statement that he had never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. 

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. 

The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.  

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.  

The second test average was a D! No one was happy. 

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.
 The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.  

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

It could not be any simpler than that. Or in a profound short paragraph that says it all:

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931


And a last thought:
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

 

Alba Nam Buadh - And wishing you all the best until next time

 

Diederik van ‘t Hof

(DEJ VAN 'T HOF)
COMMAND COMMUNICATION TRANSVAAL SCOTTISH REGIMENT : MAJ

 

 

The Transvaal Scottish Regimental Ball will be held on the 27th March 2010   For Information
19H00 for 19H30 at Bergvallei Country Estate   Click Here

 

 

 

Transvaal Scottish Regiment

Battalion Headquarters

 

Postal Address

 

Regimental Headquarters

The Garrison

 

P. O. Box 66283

 

The View

128 Langerman Drive

 

Broadway

 

18 Ridge Road

Kensington

 

2020

 

Parktown

Johannesburg

 

 

 

Johannesburg

(011) 417-6116

 

 

 

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