Witwatersrand Rifles Regiment

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The Regimental Association

   

The Witwatersrand Rifles Regimental Association (WRRA) was established at the end of WW2 with a base membership consisting of the Wit Rifles/De La Rey Regiment (WR/DLR) members who had fought their way through Italy with the 6th SA Armoured Division. Many of the members had also served in the North Africa Campaign prior to the 6th Div mobilisation. The phrase "ODJ" (Op Die Job or translated, On The Job) was coined by Brig. "Happy Jack" Bester, commanding officer of the WR/DLR during the earlier part of the Italian Campaign and this became the motto of the WR/DLR and later the Association.

The Association has performed a valuable role in supporting the Witwatersrand Rifles which is regarded as South Africa's Lowland Regiment in it's Cameronian (Scottish Rifles) uniform of cutaway tunics and Douglas Tartan trews. The Association is also a social home for it's members and besides monthly meetings also hosts a number of functions throughout the year.

The constitution of the Association does not limit membership to ex WR members but to any interested persons who have the welfare of the Regiment at heart and new members are made most welcome. In 2013 it was decided to change the name to the Witwatersrand Rifles Regimental and Family Association (WRRFA) in order to allow family members to join.

Regimental Association Contact Details:

Write to:
Witwatersrand Rifles Regimental Association
PO Box 81177
Parkhurst
2120
Republic of South Africa

MEMBERSHIP

The WRRFA has a comprehensive data base of members and their contact details which is available from Roy Brown or the Secretary should members wish to contact other members in their areas. 

Annual membership subscriptions are R50-00 per annum. Please make your cheques payable to Witwatersrand Rifles Regimental Association and forward them to Roy Brown at their postal address which is reflected above. The constitution of the Association does not limit membership to ex WR members but to any interested persons who has the welfare of the Regiment at heart may join and new members are made most welcome.

MONTHLY MEETINGS AT THE REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS

The Association meets every third Saturday of the month at 13h00 and members and friends are welcome to join the meetings as well as socialise afterwards at the pub.

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