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Rhodesian Ex-Services Association

Rhodesian veterans after ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017

Purpose

The association's purpose is that of fellowship and commemoration of former serving members of Rhodesian forces. Highlight is participation in Sydney on annual ANZAC Day. The laying of the wreath and participation in the march represents the Fallen as in ‘Lest we Forget’.

It is encouraged that more use is made of the Facebook group so that spontaneous events will take place during the year.

Membership

Membership is open to former serving members, family, descendants and relatives from Forces that were domiciled in Southern Rhodesia/Rhodesia during conflicts and include campaigns as a member of the British Commonwealth before, during and after the World Wars.

Campaigns were held during the Anglo Boer War, WWI, WWII, Egypt, Cyprus, Kuwait and Malaya - often in association with ANZAC units.

Members of the Rhodesian Security Forces were involved in the Rhodesian Bush War for the first six years whilst Rhodesia was still a member of the British Commonwealth until it was declared a republic in 1970.

Activities of the Association and Volunteers

Rhodesians have marched at the Sydney ANZAC March since 1980 thanks to ongoing local liaison with the NSW Returned and Services League. Ryk Dabrowski has been leader since its inception. He is President and maintains affiliations.

Steve Bennett supports him with Communications and Public Relations. Rick Hughes manages social media with a Facebook group and new members can apply to join by clicking on this link here. Alison Jones maintains contact through emails.

There is also a drive to increase participation at this event and to boost the number of family members and descendants that attend.

The present venue that has been used for lunch after the march is not conveniently located and does not fully meet expectations so Mike Blommestein identified potential options. Harry's (Hotel Harry) has been chosen to be the venue for the 2023 March.

The rules as set by the RSL each year for the march must be complied with so key ones from this year are listed below:

• Descendants may march within the Rhodesian Ex-Services Association squad and will be towards the rear of the squad. They will be identified by the former serving member's medals that they will wear.

• The maximum number of descendants that can march has been capped at 30.

• There is a restriction of one descendant of each former serving member within Australian units on each occasion.

Harry's, 40 Wentworth Avenue

Hotel Harry or "Harry's" on 40-44 Wentworth Avenue in Surry Hills is 350 metres from the end of the march.

Hotel Harry front

A la carte lunch is offered in the "Diner" and there is a bar. A lunch time booking has been placed so to join the group, please write your name on the Facebook group page.

Hotel Harry "diner" restaurant

A lounge is also available during the day and evening.

Hotel Harry lounge

An outside area is designated for smokers and this will be very popular during dry weather.

Hotel Harry smokers area

The food menu is shown below:

Food menu for Harry's Hotel

Lest we forget

All Rhodesians that served their country and the British Commonwealth during conflict are honoured and remembered in Sydney on ANZAC Day with the ANZAC allies.

The sharing of the experiences of our forebears and former soldiers in arms is an integral part of the ANZAC celebration and our role is to share them with the next generation. The responsibility falls on fewer of us every year to acknowledge and celebrate the sacrifices that have been made by those before us.

 

Photographs from previous years

Photographs from 2017 with acknowledgement to Richard Craye and Tony Gooder for sharing and their permission:

Rhodesian flag leads Rhodesian veterans in ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017 posted on www.rhodesian.com.aunoneRhodesian veterans in ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017 posted in www.rhodesian.com.au

Australian reserve member with Rhodesian veterans in ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017 posted on www.rhodesian.com.au

Rhodesian veterans in ANZAC Day March in 2017 in Sydney on www.rhodesian.com.au

Rhodesian veteran calls out the time during ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017 on wwww.rhodesian.com.au

Steve Bennett Rhodesian Army Medical Corps with Rhodesian veterans in ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017 on www.rhodesian.com.au

Greys Scouts with Rhodesian veterans in ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017 on www.rhodesian.com.au

Greys Scout with Rhodesian vetreans in Sydney 20177 ANZAC Day March on www.rhodesia.com.au

Rhodesia Regiment veteran in ANZAC Day March in Sydney on www.rhodesian.com.au

Artillery with Rhodesian veterans in ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017 on www.rhodesian.com.au

Rhodesia Regiment on ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017

Rhodesian veteran in ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2107 on www.rhodesian.com.au

Rhodesia Regiment veteran at ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017

Some of the Rhodesian veterans after ANZAC Day March in Sydney in 2017 posted on www.rhodesian.com.au

 

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