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With the ever increasing number of ‘informal’ so-called Veterans bodies, comes the risk of opportunistic chancers seeking to benefit by taking unscrupulous and illegal advantage of Veterans.
The below two gents have also tried and lost.
Please be warned and advise others to only deal with legitimate CMVO aligned bodies.
SMVOA Western Australia’s 5th Annual Mess Dinner
Saturday, 15 October 2016
RSL Club Belmont, Perth
Tickets to this year’s Formal mess Dinner sold out in record time, reflecting the high regard for this years Guests of Honour, former SADF Sergeant Major of the Army,
WO1 Koos Moorcroft and his wife Isobelle, affectionately known as “Issie.”
This was SAMVOA WA’s 5th Formal Mess Dinner and by all accounts, our most successful.
We thank those veterans who travelled from the Eastern States to be with us and the WA Veterans and their wives for attending.
Former S/Major Moorcroft provided us with a most interesting and enlightening speech covering some instances of his illustrious military career and current day anti-poaching efforts in Namibia.
We thank all those involved in making this evening a most memorable occasion and look forward to next year’s Formal Mess Dinner. We wish S/Major Moorcroft and Issie a safe trip back to South Africa and thank them for making the effort to visit us here in Perth.
SAMVOA does not purport to be a provider of medical or psychological services. Neither SAMVOA, nor any of its office-bearers, bears any responsibility for the medical or psychological treatment of members. While SAMVOA and its office-bearers may endeavour to identify appropriate treatment resources on behalf of its members, and make these resources known to its members through various internal media, it remains the sole responsibility of the individual member to choose relevant treatment in conjunction with a qualified medical professional.
Where SAMVOA members are qualified medical professionals, and may enter a therapeutic arrangement with fellow members, they do so as independent medical professionals, and not under the auspices of SAMVOA.
On Wednesday, 20 July 2016, exactly 100 years to the day that the remnants of the 1st South African Infantry Brigade left the Wood after 6 day and 5 nights of hell, the Veterans of SAMVOA Western Australia held a Battle of Delville Wood Commemorative Service at the Flame of Remembrance in Kings Park, Perth.
Distinguished Guests included Her Excellency, the Governor of Western Australia Kerry Sanderson AC, the Vice President of the RSL WA, Mr Denis Connelly, The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Michael Sutherland MLA, various other Members of Parliament , the Lord Mayor of Perth Lisa-M Scaffidi, the Honorary Consuls of Britain, France and South Africa, representatives of the Australian Army, Navy and Royal Air Force, as well as from the WA Police Service and others.
This was in honour and memory of the men who fought at the Battle of Delville Wood, one of the bloodiest battles of World War One and a battle where the fighting qualities and tenacity of the South African soldier was born.
The battle formed part of the Battle of the Somme, and commenced on 15TH JULY 1916, when the 1st South African Brigade, comprising 4 Regiments,
under the command of Brigadier General H.T. Lukin were ordered to: “Attack, Occupy and hold the Wood at all costs.”
The casualties sustained by this Brigade were of catastrophic proportions, yet they managed to hold the Wood as ordered. This feat has been described as “…the bloodiest battle hell of 1916.” – [Source: Liddell-Hart, Basil, H. (1970). History of the First World War p. 324
An extract from the official history reads as follows:
‘The six days and five nights during which the South African Brigade held the most difficult post on the British front – a corner of death on which the enemy fire was concentrated at all hours from three sides, and into which fresh German troops, vastly superior in number to the defence, made periodic incursions only to be driven back – constitute an epoch of terror and glory scarcely equalled in the campaign. There were positions as difficult, but they were not held so long; there were cases of as protracted a defence; but the assault was not so violent and continuous.. The high value the enemy set upon Delville Wood is proved by the fact that he used his best troops against it … The South Africans measured their strength against the flower of the German army, and did not draw back from the challenge.”
As a feat of human daring and fortitude the fight is worthy of eternal remembrance by South Africa and Britain.
At midnight on 14 July, when General Lukin received his orders, the Brigade numbered 121 officers and 3 032 men. When Lt Col Thackeray marched out on the 20th, he had a remnant of 143, and the total ultimately assembled was about 750.’
To place their actions in perspective. At the time any brigade that lost 30% of their strength would be considered as unable to continue to fight. The South African brigade lost up to 80 % of their numbers and they continued fighting.
Australians and South Africans have much in common –their ancestors having come from Europe, all having Christian values, all exceptional horsemen, sharp shooters and independently minded. All loved the veld and the outback and had made new life’s in distant lands, with their own unique character, which they called home.
They are all extremely competitive by nature and play to win.
These are probably some of the reasons why South Africans assimilate so easily into the “Australian way of life” and why Australia is now a country that former South African soldiers now also proudly call home.
“Gewond, maar nie oorwonne nie. Wounded, but not conquered.”
Honoured and privileged to have taken part in the 114th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging here in Perth, where we honoured the memory of our forefathers who took on the might of the British Empire and remembered the women and children who suffered in the concentration camps.
Anzac 2016. Die parade is baie goed ondersteun deur SAMVOA lede. Dit was egter ‘n nat parade. Lede is baie welkom om fotos te stuur vir plasing. This particular parade was well supported by SAMVOA members. It was also a wet parade, as Perth received a good drenching during the parade. Members are most welcome to send photos to be uploaded.
This yearly meeting – the Mess Dinner – has become very popular with SAMVOA members. SAMVOA WA was truly treated with the presence of the founder of SAMVOA, Veteran Tony Macquet MMM attending this very succesful evening. Die jaarlikse funksie – die Menasie Dinee – het baie gewild geword onder SAMVOA lede. Die stigter van SAMVOA – Veteraan Tony SAMVOA WA wat die funksie bygewoon het, het kleur en status verleen aan ‘n baie suksesvolle funksie.
Callie Roos, oud-verkennings operateur [“Recce”] en huidige voorsitter, het SAMVOA – Wes-Australie besoek. Die byeenkoms was baie goed bygewoon en Callie het ‘n baie insiggewende praatjie en skyfie-vertoning gelewer oor die keuringsproses van hierdie beroemde Suid-Afrikaanse eenheid. Wat ook opvallend was is die nederige en opregte mens wat Callie is, iemand wat die pad gestap het en uit ‘n perspektief van jare se ondervinding die SAMVOA lede geinspireer het. Ou vriendskappe is ook weer versterk in die proses.
Callie Roos – old Recce operator and chairperson paid a visit to SAMVOA Western Australia. He also delivered a very informative talk as well as a pictorial into the insights of this famous South African unit. Old friendships where also strengthened in the process. The humbleness and honesty that Callie portrayed, somebody who has “walked the walk” over many years – inspired all those present on the night.