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Reunions & Events

Even after an event has passed, it remains posted until the following year, when new details will replace it. Scrolling through this page shows which events are usually held each year.

 

ANZAC Day, Thursday, 25th April, 2019, Australia

Notice - wearing of medals in Australia.
Notice from Returned Services League (RSL):
The RSL actively discourages the wearing of non official medals at RSL and other ceremonial or commemorative functions. If Commemorative Medals are worn, they should be positioned on the right breast and not mixed with Service Medals or Decorations.
The Awards and National Symbols Branch of the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet further states: “Over a number of years some ex-service organisations have created and distributed ‘commemorative’ medals to mark particular periods of military service. These medals have no official status. The Australian government has created a number of official medals that commemorate certain events, for example, the 80th Anniversary Armistice Remembrance Medal, the Australian Sports Medal and the “Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal”.
Rhodesian service medals are the Rhodesian General Service Medal (GSM), Zimbabwe Independence Medal, etc. The following Rhodesian commemorative medals - should only be worn on the right chest at an RSL event, such as an ANZAC march or on Remembrance Day - Rhodesian Independence Medal from the UK and the Rhodesian ANZAC Day Commerative Medal from Perth, WA.

Brisbane:
Wednesday, 24th April, 2019
18:30 drinks for Pre-ANZAC Day RLI/RVA Dinner on Wednesday 24th April at Alliance Hotel, 320 Boundary Road, Spring Hill. Lt Col Jerry Strong (Retired) and Nick Hill, President of Australian Commando Association will speak at the dinner. There is a very reasonable priced bistro menu. RSVP if attending. Dress Code - Jacket and Tie or ANZAC March standard if a former serviceman. Ladies, apply your usual good judgement.
Thursday, 25th April, 2019.
Photo of ANZAC parade Brisbane 201408:30 - 09:30 Commemoration – Botanic Gardens near Cannon – 70 metres in from Corner Edward Street and Alice Street – Bunya walk. A ceremony will be conducted for all Rhodesian's who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Dr Doug Paxton, RLI Chairman will preside over this.
09:30 March. The meeting point is the junction/corner top of Charlotte Street (George St) near the Pancake Manor. Rhodesians are listed at 118 in the order under Group 8 Allied Section. Form up by 10.45 am. Lt Col Jerry Strong (retired), Sandhurst Military Academy graduate and sword of honour, Bronze Cross (Rhodesia), member of Legion of Merit (Combatant), RLI 3 Cdo and Selous Scouts 2 IC will lead. Confirm attendence to Clive Cook.
Strict instructions from the Parade Organisers are that only Veterans who have had actual service may march in the designated Units. Tony Rogers will be the Contingent Sgt Major ensuring standards are met as follows for the men:
White shirt and tie.
Black or Dark Navy Jacket / Blazer.
Black Longs.
Polished black shoes and head dress of the unit you were a member of.
Your uniform as was issued to you, well turned out with polished shoes and head gear.
Only full size medals issued to you, are to be worn on the left breast (no miniatures are acceptable).
Medals of deceased family may be worn on the right breast (again only full sized medals - no miniatures are acceptable)
Photographs of deceased relatives, framed or otherwise are not to be brought on parade.
Dark Glasses are not part of our kit issue and are not to be worn unless they are tinted normal sight correction lenses.
Descendants are allocated No 127, corner Elizabeth Street into William Street. Please note appropriate dress, no photographs and family medals on your right breast side.
There will be a family BBQ/Braai in Orleigh Park West End after the March. We will be located near the West End City Cat terminal. Toilets (“PK’s") are close by. Although there is seating and BBQ facilities, families are encouraged to bring deck chairs etc. It is a great location and you will enjoy the festivities and just “catching up”. We do suggest parking and leaving your esky in the car at Orleigh Park and catching the free (if in uniform) City Cat Ferry. It departs from West End Terminal and you get off at North Quay. Bus Stop 15 for 192; 199 and City Glider are within a few metres of our proposed BBQ area.
Otherwise, following the march, those in the city together with family have the option of meeting up at the Victory Hotel, corner Edward & Charlotte Streets.
Contact Clive Cooke of Rhodesian Veterans Association, Brisbane

Canberra: Contact Richard Johnson. 

Melbourne: March, then family and friends welcome to join Lunch. Contact Allan Campbell for 2019 details.

Perth: Contact Graham Blick.

Sydney: Rhodesians have marched at this event since 1980 thanks to the ongoing support and assistance of the NSW Returned and Services League.
ANZAC Dawn Service at 04:30 a.m. at Martin Place.
ANZAC Day March starts at 09:00am - meet up at Chifley Square (go to the corner with Rhodesian veterans after ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017Hunter St, but on the east side of Chifley Square extending north) once the Army Units have moved off. Expected start time is 11:35am, but this is subject to a number of factors.
It has been suggested by organiser, Ryk Dabrowski, that we meet at the usual place on Hunter Street between Pitt and George Streets (opposite The Grand Hotel) from 10:00am, then move up.
The usual contingent of Rhodesians will march and new comers are especially welcome if you served in any of the various branches of the Army, Air Force, Police, Guard Force, Intaf, Women's Auxiliary or Nursing Service of Southern Rhodesia, Federation of Rhodesia, Rhodesia or if you are a Rhodesian who served in the Armed Forces of Australia, the UK, or elsewhere - we would like you to join us. Wear a jacket or dress with your medals on the left and those of any family member on your right.
Lunch afterwards is proving popular for marchers as they are also joined by wives/husbands/partners on Level 1 for a buffet lunch at Bowlers Club, 95-99 York Street, better known as "99 on York" and now "Club 99". Those not wanting the full meal meet in the bar area on the Ground Floor near the smokers' recluse and light meals can also be ordered.

A Facebook group has been started to keep Sydney marchers up to date. Click here to view and to join.

View photos from ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017 here.

ANZAC Day, 25th April, 2019, New Zealand

This is the official word on commemorative medals in New Zealand - While it is not against the law to wear vanity medals, the New Zealand Government has issued a specific Protocol for New Zealanders wearing honours and awards that is expected to be followed:
Order of Wear, Orders, Decorations and Medals in New Zealand - dated 1st April 2008 and signed by the Governor General: Section 11 Part I – Awards issued by public and private organisations, other than those of the Order of St John and the Royal Humane Society of New Zealand, may not be worn, either with, below or on the right side, with official Orders, Decorations and Medals.
Section 11 Part II – Awards produced on a commercial basis may not be worn, either with, below or on the right side, with official Orders, Decorations and Medals. (Source – Medals Reunited New Zealand).

Akaroa, Banks Peninsula (south of Christchurch): Contact Bryan Tichborne.

Carterton (Wairarapa): Contact Dave McIntosh. Photo of ANZAC parade New Zealand

Hobsonville RSA, Auckland: Arrive at the RSL at 114 Hobsonville Road from 09:45 am. Assemble at the Hobsonville School for form up at 10:30 am to march back to the RSA. The main service follows and after it concludes the Rhodesian service will be held in the lower carpark. Contact RhSA Secretary, Chuck Osborne for more details.

Tauranga, Garrison Club is open all day. Join 6th Battalion Hauraki Regimental Association.

Waikari, North Canterbury: Contact Geoff Weller.

 

Flame Lily Foundation Pretoria AGM, 6th June, 2018Flame Lily Foundation logo of the Rhodesian Asociation of South Africa

Rhodesian Association of South Africa (RASA) Pretoria Annual General Meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m.at 206 Olivier Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria on Saturday, 6th June, 2018.

 

Rhodesian African Rifles Association, 15th July, 2018.

Rhodesian African Rifles Memorial dedictaed July 2015 in UKService of Remembrance at the Memorial, the Association’s AGM and then lunch in the main building of the NMA will be held in Staffordshire. Assemble at 10:00 at the NMA, lunch will be around 13:30 and departure around 15:30-ish .

 

Zimbabwe Aid Fund Lunch, Buderim, 19th July, 2019Zimbabwe Aid Fund Australia logo

A lunch is to be held at the Buderim Tavern, Buderim, Queensland on the 19th July at 12.00.
Jill Baker, former radio and TV personality in Zimbabwe, lives in Stirling, South Australia, and is promoting her new book “The Horns". She will give a presentation and be available to speak with people over lunch. Her book will be available for sale on the day. Jill is donating a proportion of her sales proceeds arising from the lunch to the Zimbabwe Aid Fund.

 

Rhodesian Air Force re-union, UK, Saturday, 27th July, 2019

Service and reading of the Roll of Honour at the National Memorial Arboretum followed by lunch at the RBL.

 

BSAP Annual Memorial Service and Luncheon, 4th August, 2019, Staffs

11:00 a.m. at the National Memoriam Arboretum, Airewas, Staffs, UK. Mermorial service and address is followed by a buffet lunch.
Tickets for attendence payable in advance.

 

John Edmond Live, 31st August, 2019, Mpumalanga

10:30 till 5:00pm at Marloth Shopping Centre, Marloth Park, Mpumalanga.
Cash bar and lunch menu available.

 

Zimbabwe Aid Fund Golf Day, 15th September, 2019Zimbabwe Aid Fund Australia logo

Golf starts from 07:00 a.m and Lunch from 12:00 p.m. at Boomerang Farm Golf Club, Mudgeeraba, Queensland

Reunion and various fundraising events.

 

BSAP 130th Anniversary, 20-22 September 2019

British South Africa Police Regimental Association of Transvaal.
20th Septemeber. Jeppe Quondam Club, 79 Boeing Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.
12:00 noon lounge and bar open BSAP crest
03:00 pm opening ceremony and registration
21st September. Remembrance Day Parade/Service/John Edmond Show.
Dickie Fritz Ave, Dowerglen, Edenvale, Johannesburg.
09:00 am registration
10:30 am members gather on driveway to prepare for the march
11:00 am march, laying of crosses and wreathes
02:00 pm John Edmond Show
22nd September Regimental lunch
Jeppe Quondam Club, 79 Boeing Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.
11:00 am venue opens
12:30 pm piper calls all to lunch
Register before 10:00am on 18th September 2019.

 

RV, February/March 2020, New Zealand

Rhodesian Services Association.
Traditionally this was held in October over the Labour Day Weekend but the next RV is scheduled to be held early in 2020. (See Associations).

 

Zimbabwe Aid Fund Cricket Day, 13th October, 2018Zimbabwe Aid Fund Australia logo

Fun day of family, friends and cricket from 08:00 a.m at Hodgson Vale Sports Club, Toowoomba, Queensland.

 

RZAF Dinner Bance, 4th November 2017.

The 30th and Final Dinner Dance is to be held at Calcot Hotel in Berkshire, UK at 18:30 for 19:00.
Guest speaker will be Peter Hagelthorn.


Remembrance Day, November, 2019.

Bedford, England: Remembrance Weekend organised by RLI Regimental Association. Remembrance Day 2015 Rhodesian Army Association
Saturday, 9th November 2019
11:30 to 15:00hrs RAFA Club open for drinks
19:30hrs Dinner, reading of "Roll of Honour" and raffle.
Sunday, 10th November 2019
09:45hrs Meet outside Rudhani restaurant on the Embankment.
10:30hrs Form up to March
11:00hrs Remembrance Day Service, Bedford War Memorial.
Drinks and bar lunch at RAFA Club afterwards.
Confirm attendance to David Roberts before 10th October.

John Graham at Remembrance Day te Awamutu in New Zealand in 2015

Brisbane, Australia: Rhodesian Veterans Association are holding a Remembrance Day Service at 11am on 11th November 2018 in the Brisbane City Botanical Gardens (alongside the river, 100m upstream of the Edward St entrance) with the address to be taken by Major Rev M. Veary. Assemble at the steps by the canon at 10:30am. Service commences 11am sharp.
You are invited to lay a wreath in Remembrance of lives lost and are cordially invited to refresh yourselves afterwards at the Port Office Hotel across the road afterwards ('Secure Parking' at 126 Margaret St and 'AN60' at 42 Albert Street).

Cape Peninsula, South Africa: Methodist Church, 1 First Avenue, Fish Hoek. 12:30 p.m. for 1:00 p.m., Sunday, 4th November, 2018. Rememberance Day Service and refreshments will be served after the service.

Johannesburg, South Africa: Combined Rhodesian Forces Memorial Service and Rhodesian SAS reunion Durban 2018Remembrance Service. Dickie Fritz Moth Shellhole, 115 Dickie Fritz Avenue off Elm Street, Dowerglen, Edenvale, Johannesburg, Gauteng South/Rand Area. 10:30 a.m. for 11:00 a.m. start on 11th November 2018.

Ontario, Canada: Sunday, 11th November 2018. Wreath laying at Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph in Victoria Park. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the north end of Centenniel Hall parking lot.

Tauranga, New Zealand:
Remembrance Sunday, 10th November 2019, The Lion and Tusk Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m and everyone is welcome to come and socialise from 11:00 a.m. Entrance is $10 per adult but free for financial members of the Rhodesian Services Assn. Refreshments and boerewors rolls available for purchase.
Armistace Day, Monday, 11th November, 2019. The museum is open from 10 a.m. Entrance is $10 per adult but free for financial members of the Rhodesian Services Assn. There will be a small ceremony at 11:00 a.m. and the museum will close at 12 noon. Those wanting to continue to socialise can move to have lunch at the Mount Maunganui RSA but RSVP to the Assn.

Warner Beach, South Africa: Sunday, 10th November 2019. MOTHS and Veterans form up at Buddy's Pub on Kingsway at 10:30 a.m. for the traditional march to the Mills Bomb Shellhole.

Waterloo, UK. The RAA hold their annual Remembrance Day Parade at 10:30 on 11th November 2018 at the Garden of Remembrance, outside Westminster Abbey. Afterwards, a luncheon is held at the London Novotel, Waterloo.

 

 

An article commerating the 50th UDI Anniversary which was written by Mark Dale can be viewed here.

 

Photographs of past reunions:

Rhodesian veterans Armistace Day Te Awamutu New Zealand 2017

Rhodesian veterans after ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017

Australian reserve member with Rhodesian veterans in ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017 posted on www.rhodesian.com.au

Rhodesian veterans in ANZAC Day March in 2017 in Sydney on www.rhodesian.com.au

Steve Bennett with Rhodesian veterans in ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017 on www.rhodesian.com.au

Rhodesian Army Association 50th Anniversary UDI  Remembrance Service UK 2015

Photograph of RLI at Hatfield House on 6th September 2014

Photo of Centenary of World War I at Ripon Racecourse August 2014 Major General Mike Shute RSM Jock Hutton Lt Col Hobo Hobson

Photo of The Scottish Memorial with RLI at Padstown in Johanesburg South Africa

Photo of Grey's Scouts Reunion in UK Sgt Major Don Kenny Lt Col Chris Pearce Lt Col Mick McKenna

Photo of reunion with Ian Smith former prime Minister of Rhodesia with Des Chandler and his wife at Devizes in UK

Photo of 12 former Spitfire pilots who assembled for flight of restored Spitfire by Jack Malloch

Photo of No 44 Rhodesia Squadron reunion in front of a Lancaster bomber

 

'Medal Etiquette' by Hugh Bomford.

Abbreviated from Rhodesian Services Association newsletter, April/May 2015.

Many of us never received our service medal(s) at a medal parade. Many of us probably only received our medals when we were no longer part of the Rhodesian Security Forces and so were not taught how to prepare or wear medals. So here are some points that I hope will assist you to better understand what is required and for you to pass on:
1. We term the pinned metal bar on which medals are mounted a ‘brooch bar’.
2. Officially sanctioned medals should be worn on the same bar. It is not a good look to see medals individually pinned on a jacket. However, in France there is a regulated number of medals that can be worn on each bar, but generally speaking all sanctioned awards and medals go on one bar which is called a ‘medal group’.
3. Sanctioned awards and medals are issued by the Crown, governments, and in a few cases medals awarded by sovereign recognised organisations such as the Royal Humane Society, St Johns and the Scout Movement, are also included.
4. Medals are worn on the recipient’s left breast.
5. Medals of a deceased immediate next of kin are worn on the right breast ‘in memorial’.
6. You may only wear medals in memorial if you are directly related; for example, medals that have belonged to a great - grandparent, grandparent, father or mother, brother or sister, uncle or aunt.
7. Only one set of medals should be worn in memorial. Wear your ancestor veteran’s medals with dignity and pride.
8. Do not wear medals that you are not entitled to. It is illegal and disrespectful.
9. The order of precedence in which medals are mounted is set by the country of residence. Order of precedence is a complex subject which is too detailed to cover adequately here.
10. There are two mounting styles – swing and court. Basically, swing mounted medals swing freely; court mounted medals are affixed to a backing board and require more ribbon.
11. When wearing medals present them in the best condition possible – you are on parade. Ask yourself: would your RSM have approved of dirty ribbons and tarnished medals? Would your deceased ancestor want his/her medals displayed in poor fashion?
12. Full size medals should be worn during daylight hours.
13. Miniature medals are designed to be worn after sundown, by both men and women, to make wearing them more practical and comfortable while in evening clothes. It is also acceptable to wear miniature medals in memorial where the weight of a full size group would be difficult for the wearer to manage and to avoid potential clothing damage.
14. Wearing replica medals is to be encouraged in order to protect originals from loss or damage. It is also recognised that many Rhodesians did not collect their service medals and also that a lot of medals have been lost to theft and passage of time. Replicas can be purchased from the Rhodesian Services Association here.
15. Wearing a Poppy with medals - the Poppy should always be worn on the left lapel of a jacket/coat,or directly above any medals that are worn on the left side of the chest only. The Poppy may also be worn behind the hat badge of military headdress, if worn.
16. Ribbon bars showing sections of ribbon of awarded medals should only be worn on uniform.

In recent years, much has been said in New Zealand and Australia as well as among the Rhodesian fraternity around the world, concerning the wearing of ‘unofficial medals’. Unofficial medals are those that do not have government authorization to be worn – these are often referred to as ‘vanity’ medals. They are designed to ‘represent’ military service where no medal was given or warranted. Unofficial medals have been around for a long time. As far as I know, in Rhodesia there were unofficial medals made at the end of the Matabele Rebellion, WWI, WWII and a Royal tour. About ten years ago an Independence Commemorative Medal” was produced in England and made available for anyone who wanted to purchase it. Subsequently another Rhodesian linked organisation has manufactured one to commerate ANZAC Day attendance with “bars” which can be awarded every five years. These vanity medals were seen in abundance on photos from recent ANZAC Day parades around Australia.
The growing practice of wearing vanity medals alongside official medals by Rhodesian veterans is causing an unhealthy level of public criticism. Aside from debates on social media, questions are now being asked of me by an Australia/New Zealand group that monitors military imposters in relation to Rhodesians in Australia whose photos are appearing in the public domain wearing a mix of vanity and official medals.

This is not healthy for us.

Typically, Rhodesians who served in the 1970’s have one or two service medals. The first is the Rhodesian General Service Medal (RGSM) which was initiated in 1969 and ‘awarded for service on operations undertaken for the purpose of combating terrorists or enemy incursions into Rhodesia’. The minimum required period of service for eligibility was 14 days. The second is the Zimbabwe Independence Medal (ZIM) which was initiated in 1980 and awarded to all forces in the country at the time of independence. People who were awarded medals for bravery, good conduct and/or long service would have been made aware of their award by letter from the commanding officer of their unit or, if they were civilians, from the Rhodesian Government.

We should be satisfied with what we were awarded. There is no board of appeal and no Rhodesian Government to change anything now. Our grandfathers typically got two or three medals for serving through WWI, so why should we feel we need to wear more medals?

This is the official word on vanity medals in New Zealand - While it is not against the law to wear vanity medals, the New Zealand Government has issued a specific Protocol for New Zealanders wearing honours and awards that is expected to be followed:
Order of Wear, Orders, Decorations and Medals in New Zealand - dated 1st April 2008 and signed by the Governor General: Section 11 Part I – Awards issued by public and private organisations, other than those of the Order of St John and the Royal Humane Society of New Zealand, may not be worn, either with, below or on the right side, with official Orders, Decorations and Medals.
Section 11 Part II – Awards produced on a commercial basis may not be worn, either with, below or on the right side, with official Orders, Decorations and Medals. (Source – Medals Reunited New Zealand).

I ask you to stop wearing vanity medals alongside official medals. It is completely unnecessary.

 

Some common ground from RAA newsletter...

Exract from Editorial from Rhodesian Army Association newsletter, Volume 21, No 2:

The Rhodesian Army Association and Rhodesian Services Association in New Zealand both strongly support the various protocols issued by most Countries regarding the wearing of medals, be they officially awarded, hereditary (deceased parents etc.), or unofficial commemorative medals.
In extreme circumstances of the abuse of these protocols, prosecution could, and has been, brought by the authorities, but this is rare and no doubt only used as I mentioned, in extreme circumstances.
How would you like it if I wore my Victoria Cross or my (recently purchased) Silver Cross of
Rhodesia to a parade when everyone and his dog knows that I was never awarded anything remotely like a VC or SCR? Similarly, inserting medals in one’s row of medals incorrectly, or back to front, according to personal preference rather than the laid down protocols can be highly upsetting or insulting to those who hold the same or more medals than the person who suddenly sports several more on his or her chest.
The RAA admits “guilt” of the offence of creating a “vanity” medal - the Rhodesian
Independence Commemoration Medal, which around 150 people have bought and many wear. Some wear it correctly - AFTER all other official medals; some wear it after their RGSM; and a few wear it in priority to the Zimbabwe Independence Medal which is most often worn back to front and / or AFTER the RGSM and other Rhodesian Medals. Bearing in mind the way Rhodesia was flushed down the toilet of World History by the all-seeing and all-knowing Western Powers, back in 1980, this “misuse” of medals is well understood - and still wrong.

 

Where to buy replicas of Rhodesian medals in Australia and New Zealand

They also mount medals for wearing or display

Replicas of Zimbabwe IndependenceM edals in Australia and New Zealand

Zimbabwe Independence Medal

 

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