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Witwatersrand Rifles

1903 - 2019

Welcome to the Witwatersrand Rifles Veterans' Club Regimental History Archive (1903 - 2019).

Witwatersrand Rifles Regiment was a Mechanized Infantry Regiment of the South African Army Reserve. For over a century the "citizen-soldiers" of South Africa's Lowland Regiment defended and protected our great country and did so with pride until it laid down its Battle Honours/Pipe-colours and was renamed Bambatha Rifles in August 2019.

This website is the unofficial history cyber-archive of the Witwatersrand Rifles Regiment Veterans' Club and is dedicated to the brave men and women of the Regiment. This website and the Veterans' Club was established by a group of former officers of the Regiment to preserve the history of this great and illustrious Regiment. The history is recorded by those that were there. Please visit all the pages on this site to learn more about our regiment as well as the proud history of our great Regiment.

Please note: This website and its pages are not official pages of the South African National Defence Force or the South African Army Reserves. This is a Regimental Veterans' Club History Archive reflecting the proud history and traditions of the Witwatersrand Rifles Regiment and it is privately owned, administered and funded. It is also important to note that this website does not have any formal or direct association with the Regiment in its current form, its Regimental Association or its Regimental Council and does not represent those entities in any way, shape or form, nor does this site reflect their views and opinions in any way, shape or form.

This website continues to serve as an unofficial cyber-archive of the history of the Witwatersrand Rifles Regiment, which is a matter of public record, and will hopefully continue to grow as our history is continuously updated. It is important to note that if you are searching for the service history of an individual that may have served with the Regiment, your best option is to contact the Defence Force Archives in Pretoria directly.

Our Aim:

The aim of this website is to preserve the history of this great and illustrious Regiment, in memory of all those that has served with her for the more than 116 years of her existence. This Website has at heart the preservation of the history of our Regiment until such time as it can be formally and permanently recorded in a second volume of our history. (The current volume of the Regimental history only covers the Regimental history until 1988). That is the thing with history... it is an on-going thing with new information coming to light every day.

This Website and the Veterans' Club was formed to act independently of the Regimental Council and the Regimental Association to ensure that history can be recorded un-biased and impartially.

The website and the Witwatersrand Rifles Regimental Veterans' Club is non-profit and we do not elicit financial contributions or donations. We are grateful for all contributions to the Regimental history by any serving or former members in the form of historical facts, information, stories or photographs from their time with the Regiment. Please also feel free to post stories and photographs onto our Facebook page.

Because history is continuous, this site will always be under construction.

You are visitor number since 22 November 2006

Last updated on 17 August 2019

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WR Regimental Days 
Wits Week Closest to 16 April
Battle of Monte Caprara - 16 April 1945
Freedom of Johannesburg - 24 April 1954
Disbandment of the RPR - 1 May 1903
Regimental Birthday - 1 May 1903
Cameronian Day - 14 May1689 & 1968
Merger of WR / DLR - 5 July 1943
Freedom of Germiston - 11 September 1953
Remembrance Day - 11 November 1918
Freedom of Barberton - 27 November 2002
RPR Day (Formation of RPR) -18 December 1899



The Regiment wish to thank the following individuals for their contributions in making this website possible:

  • Lieutenant Colonel C.E Casey, JCD (Ret.)
  • Major T.I. Milne, (Ret.)
  • Major J.A. Rudolph (Ret.)
  • Major I.D. Stins, RD (Ret.)
  • Captain G.W. Knott
  • Lieutenant G.R. Howard
  • Mr. Arthur Radburn (SA Medal Site)