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WITWATERSRAND RIFLES - OFFICERS' MESS RULES

ENTERING THE MESS

  • Members wishing to join the Mess at any time must ask permission of the Mess President (Mr. Mess) to do so. (When entering the Mess headdress must be removed and the Mess President must be approached and a request to join the Mess must be made).
  • If the Mess President is not present, Permission must be asked from the Mess Vice President (Mr. Vice) or in his absence the next higher rank in the Mess. If the Mess President is present and permission to join the mess is granted, it is considered mess etiquette to greet the Commanding officer and Mr. Vice, if they are present in the mess.
  • If a member wish to leave the Mess, the same protocol is required.

BEHAVIOUR IN THE MESS

  • The Mess will be referred to as "THE MESS" and not as a "bar" or a "pub".
  • Members will conduct themselves in a gentlemanly fashion in the Mess at all times. No cursing, swearing or blaspheming will be tolerated. No political or religious discussion may take place in the mess.
  • No ladies' names will be mentioned in the mess or their conduct discussed in their absence.
  • The conduct of any officer will not be discussed in their absence.
  • Members will address their superiors in terms of their rank title and not by first name.
  • No drunken disorderliness will be tolerated.

DRESS IN THE MESS

  • All members will be dressed either in uniform or an outfit with a collar and tie. No headdress of any kind may be worn inside the Mess. This rule does not apply to a band member while he/she is playing in the Mess.
  • No weapon of any kind will be allowed in the Mess, other than by members of the pipe band in their uniform. Officers wearing Sam Browns will undo the belt at the right hand side of their Sam Browns, leaving the sword at the entrance of the Mess at the hat stand, while attending the Mess.

WHO MAY ENTER THE MESS

  • All Witwatersrand Rifles Officers, members of the WR/DLR Regimental Association, ladies and guests on invitation.
  • No children under the age of sixteen may be allowed in the Mess without the express permission of the Mess President. No alcohol may be served to anyone under the age of eighteen.
  • If any person, other than the above mentioned, wish to enter, permission must be obtained from the Mess President. 
The Boot

 

 

 

 

 

 

The "boot" is a 2 litre glass in the shape of a boot. As is tradition amongst the officers, the contents (poured by his fellow officers) of the boot is consumed by an officer on the occasion of promotion to the next higher rank. This glass Boot was donated to the officers mess by Mrs. Mavis Job (wife of Hon Col. J.L. Job) in 1968.

OFFICERS' MESS:

MESS PRESIDENTS

  • Capt. W.G. Webber (1966 - 1967)
  • Maj. H.R. Groenendaal, JCD  (1968 - 1973)
  • Maj. R.I. King  (1973 - 1975)
  • Maj. C. Collie  (1976 - 1977)
  • Maj. T.P.A. O'Halloran, JCD  (1977 - 1980)
  • Capt. J.D. Malakou  (1980 - 1981)
  • Maj. T.P.A. O'Halloran, JCD  (1981 -1982)
  • Maj. J.G. Bester  (1982 - 1985)
  • Maj. K.J. Townsend  (1985 - 1986)
  • Maj. J.D. Malakou  (1986 - 1987)
  • Capt. E.L. Carton-Barber  (1987 - 1988)
  • Maj. J.G. Bester  (1988 - 1989)
  • Maj. E.L. Carton-Barber  (1989 - 1990)
  • Capt. C.E. Casey  (1991 - 1997)
  • Capt. H.J. Kaasjager  (1997 - 2000)
  • Maj. C.E. Casey, JCD  (2000 - 2001)
  • Capt. J. Cleobury  (2001 - 2005)
  • Maj. T.I. Milne  (2005 - 2006)
  • Lt. G.K. Willmott  (2006)
  • Maj. I.D. Stins  (2006 - 2008)
  • Lt. G.R. Howard (2008 - 2009)
  • Capt. G.W. Knott (2009 - 2011)
  • Lt. H. Visser (2011 - 2012)
  • Maj. S.G. Mooketsi (2012 - 2014)
  • Lt. N.I. Nkosi (2014 to Present)

MESS VICE PRESIDENTS

  • Capt. T.P.A. O’Halloran (1975 - 1977)
  • Capt. J.D. Malakou (1977 - 1979)
  • Capt. J.G. Bester (1979 - 1983)
  • Lt. C.E. Casey (1983 - 1985)
  • Lt. P. Mundell (1985 - 1986)
  • Lt. A. Bennet (1986 - 1987)
  • Lt. J. Duckit (1987 - 1988)
  • Lt. S.I. Smith (1988 - 1990)
  • Lt. T.I. Milne (1990 - 1991)
  • Lt. K.J. Kück (1991 - 1992)
  • Lt. S.I. Smith (1992 - 1993)
  • Lt. K.J. Kück (1993 - 1995)
  • Capt. P. Rheeder (1995 - 1998)
  • Lt. H. Small (1998 - 1999)
  • Lt. I.D. Stins (1999 - 2002)
  • 2Lt. D.G. Farrell (2002 - 2003)
  • Lt. G. Höll (2003 - 2005)
  • Lt. G.W. Knott & Lt. G.K. Wilmott (2005 - 2006)
  • CO. A.E. Venter (2006 - 2008)
  • 2Lt. N.I. Nkosi (2008 - 2009)
  • CO. R.J. Venter (2009 - 2010)
  • CO. K.F.D. Montsitsi (2010 - 2011)
  • CO. A.E. Venter (2011 - 2012)
  • CO. R.J. Venter (2012 - 2014)
  • Lt. K.F.D. Montsitsi (2014 to present)

The Bolshi Loots' Award

Bolshie Loots’ Award is a tradition within the Officers' Mess. This award is given to annually to the Lieutenant within the Regiment with the most "moxy". The Bolshi Loots "Mug" was donated by Mrs. Mavis Job, wife of Hon Col. J.L. Job, in 1986.

  • Lt. P. Mundell - 1986
  • Lt. A. Bennet - 1987
  • Lt. J. Duckitt - 1988
  • Lt. T.I. Milne - 1989
  • Lt. T.I. Milne - 1990
  • No Award given - 1991
  • No Award given - 1992
  • Lt. K.J. Kück - 1993
  • Lt. K.J. Kück - 1994
  • 2Lt. D. Swanepoel  - 1995
  • 2Lt. G.W. Knott - 1996
  • Lt. G.W. Knott - 1997
  • CO. H.W. Termorshuizen - 1998
  • Lt. I.D. Stins - 1999
  • Lt. I.D. Stins - 2000
  • 2Lt. D.G. Farrell - 2001
  • Lt. J.A. Rudolph - 2002
  • 2Lt. G.R. Howard  - 2003
  • Lt. G.W. Knott - 2004
  • 2Lt. R.A.A. Lenci - 2005
  • 2Lt. W.F. Smit - 2006
  • 2Lt. J.E.X. Mthethwa - 2007
  • 2Lt. W.F. Smit - 2008
  • Lt. T. Tsotetsi - 2009
  • Lt. T. Tsotetsi - 2010
  • Lt. N.I. Nkosi - 2011
  • No Award Given - 2012
  • No Award Given - 2013
  • No Award Given - 2014
  • No Award Given - 2015
  • No Award Given - 2016
  • No Award Given - 2017

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