Three SANDF reserve officers attend Remembrance
Day at their alma mater
Article and Photos by Lt (SAN) Glenn von Zeil,
SA Naval Reserve
Three Rondebosch Boys’ High
School (RBHS) Old Boys and active SANDF Reserve Officers
returned to their Alma Mater in uniform to attend the
Annual Remembrance Day Memorial Service on 11 November
The RBHS Memorial School
Hall was built after World War II (WWII) with funds
donated to honour those Old Boys who had paid the
supreme sacrifice during World War I (WWI) and WWII. As
an annual tradition the school honours their memory and
sacrifices and reminds young men of the futility of war.
Active serving SANDF Reserve officers and Rondebosch
Boys’ High School Old Boy’s market the Reserves at Alma
Mater Remembrance Day service.
From left to right: Capt Ian Long (Cape Town
Highlanders), Mr Steve Duffett (RBHS Old Boys’ Union),
Mr Martin Barker (Headmaster), Capt Joe Dorrington (Cape
Town Rifles (Dukes)) and Lt (SAN) Glenn von Zeil, SA
RBHS had, two days prior to
the service, opened a permanent exhibition at the
entrance of the hall indicating the history of the
building as well as a tribute with a photograph of each
Old Boy and teacher who had died in WWI and WWII.
Amongst them were those who had served in the Cape Town
Highlanders, Cape Town Rifles (Dukes) and the SA Navy
represented by the Old Boys in uniform.
To add colour to the
service and to ensure that all who attended had a
memento, Maj Gen (Ret) John Del Monte, kindly provided
traditional red poppies from the SA Legion offices. Each
boy, every teacher and all guests attending received one
when they entered the Memorial Hall.
The headmaster, Mr Martin
Barker, remarked that he was “pleased that the three Old
Boys had participated in uniform, added colour to the
service and expressed an interest in arranging a more
formal role in assisting with wreath-laying during the
The school’s awareness of
the opportunities offered by the SANDF Reserve was
highlighted and the opportunities provided to young men
and women by the Young Lions (SA Army), Young Falcons
(SA Airforce) and Sea Cadets (SA Navy) were indicated to
the Headmaster and staff.
It was suggested that these
organisations market themselves to local schools and
expose the youth to the possibilities available. This
would assist in ensuring that a continuous supply of
potential leaders was maintained to fill the ranks of
the SANDF Reserve.
Bravo Zulu to Capt Ian
Long, Cape Town Highlanders, for spotting the
opportunity and for laying the ground work to ensure
that the SANDF Reserves received this positive exposure!