South African Gunners remembered
Brig Gen J.A. Del Monte (ret), Deputy Chairperson of the Reserve Force Council, attending the Gunners' Memorial Parade 2018 together with Lt Osterlich, representing the RFC Junior Officers Association.
The Cape Town Company Gardens echoed with the sound of four 25 pounder guns on Sunday, 11 March 2018 in remembrance of all fallen South African Gunners. Cape Garrison Artillery (GCA) provided a smartly turned out guard of honour and sentries, Cape Field Artillery (CFA) the 25 pounders and gunners whilst the South African Army band ensured that there was musical accompaniment.
Honorary Gunner and Deputy Mayor Ian Nielsen paid tribute to those South African Gunners who had fallen, especially those who had passed away in the last year. Padre Gunner Tony Bethke led the religious service.
The parade was also attended by World War 2 veteran Signals Sgt Syd Ireland, the only active WW2 veteran active in the Cape Town area. Syd saw service in East and North Africa as a wireless operator and witnessed the battle of El Alemain. He together with Major Charles Holloway (recently deceased) and Signaller Eddie Mills formed in 1946 an Association which met annually and lasted 70 years. Thereafter this tradition was passed onto 71 Signals Unit in Cape Town.
Three young Sea Cadets from TS Woltemade attended the parade to represent the youth and assisted in laying wreath on behalf of the Unitie Association. All three are Leading Seamen on a Petty Officers promotion course who were being exposed to their civic duties. Their presence and active participation brought forth many favourable comments, especially from former Sea Cadets who had attended the same unit.
Besides the four 25 pounder (G1) guns a 35mm twin barrelled anti-aircraft gun was on display to the guests and public. These occasions are an opportunity to market the SANDF to the public and especially the youth.
World War 2 veteran, Sgt Syd Ireland, with TS Woltemade Sea Cadets at the Gun, Cape Town Company Gardens in remembrance of all South African fallen gunners.
Left to Right: Leading Seaman Herwel, Leading Seaman Herwel, Signaller Sgt Syd Ireland, his daughter, Leading Seaman Pongwana
Gunners and the Deputy Mayor.
Left to Right: Gunners Association Gunner Kevin Ashton, nonagenarian Gunner Ian Campbell, Deputy Mayor Ian Nielsen, Major Marlon Goetham Officer Commanding Cape Garrison Artillery, Air Defence Chief of Staff Patrick Makgosi
The Padre, the Gunner General, the Duke, the Dutchess, the Sea Cadets and the Gun.
Left to right: Padre Gunner Tony Bethke, Leading Seaman Herwel, Brigadier General Gunner John del Monte, Major Steve Brimacombe (Cape Town Rifles / Dukes), Capt John Manning (Cape Town Rifles / Dukes), Leading Seaman Herwel, Leading Seaman Pongwana
Cape Garrison Artillery gunner instructs TS Woltemade Sea Cadets on 35mm twin barrelled anti-aircraft gun in Cape Town Company Gardens during the annual Gunners Memorial service.
Rear Admiral (JG) Solly Pietersen and his Sea Cadet ducklings.
Left to Right: Leading Seaman Herwel, Rear Admiral (JG) Solly Pietersen, Leading Seaman Pogwana, Leading Seaman Herwel
ALL PHOTOS BY REGGIE LORD