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Major Tony Lee

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Major Tony Lee

From Pat Lawless, Chairman the RAR Regtl Assn. It is with deep sadness I report the passing of Major Tony Lee, who died after a short though remarkable battle with cancer at 4.30am yesterday (Mon 17 July 2017), in the UK. Remarkable because of his tenacity and spirit in confronting what he saw was a…

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Funeral Of Brian Oliver Friday 6th January 2017 2pm

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Funeral Of Brian Oliver Friday 6th January 2017 2pm

Offer of Free Accommodation – Funeral of Brian Oliver, Friday 6 January 2017 Elaine (Brian’s stepdaughter) has been in touch: a generous friend of the Oliver family is making available three double rooms at a nearby guest house for the night of the funeral (6 Jan 17); please call Elaine on +44 (0)7543 224147, quoting…

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RAR Regiments first commanding officer 1940-1943

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RAR Regiments first commanding officer 1940-1943

BRIGADIER FRANCIS JOHN WANE ISO Francis John Wane was born October 1880 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, the son of a prosperous merchant who owned and operated the Red Barn Grain and Feed Merchants in the town. His mother was a music teacher. The UK census of 1890 show that his grandparents managed ‘Red Barn’ farm…

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PRESS RELEASE

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PRESS RELEASE

The New Rhodesia Forum (NRF) and the Rhodesian African Rifles Regimental Association (RAR gibsonRegtl Assn) are pleased to jointly announce the successful conclusion of a project to restore the water supply of a former RAR soldier in Zimbabwe. Gibson Nkala was a former member of both the 1stand 2nd Battalions of the Rhodesian African Rifles,…

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1st bn Officers 1968

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1st bn Officers 1968

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The all but forgotten contribution of African soldiers to the Allied victory in World War II

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The all but forgotten contribution of African soldiers to the Allied victory in World War II

Along with KAR, (+RAR), British West African forces played major roles in the East African Campaign. In fact, it was the motorised Nigerian brigade of 11th African Division from the RWAFF that captured and occupied Mogadishu, the then capital of Italian Somaliland. Mussolini’s Italian forces had no defence, as they had previously been dealt heavy…

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RAR Regiments first commanding officer 1940-1943

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RAR Regiments first commanding officer 1940-1943

BRIGADIER FRANCIS JOHN WANE ISO Francis John Wane was born October 1880 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, the son of a prosperous merchant who owned and operated the Red Barn Grain and Feed Merchants in the town. His mother was a music teacher. The UK census of 1890 show that his grandparents managed ‘Red Barn’ farm…

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Rhodesian African Rifles in MALAYA

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Rhodesian African Rifles in MALAYA

RHODESIAN AFRICAN RIFLES National Monument Kuala Lumpur (Tugu Negara) Malaysia   This morning, I visited the National Monument in Kuala Lumpur with instructions from Pat Lawless: • “…and the RAR badge still stands (and always has stood) alongside other units at the National Monument in Kuala Lumpur.” • For those who have never been, the Monumen…

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Greetings to our RAR Family and Members

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Greetings to our RAR Family and Members

Some great news received from our very own Keith Adams, one of the RAR Regtl Assn Executive, following a recent and heartwarming email I received regarding the RNR-RAR Memorial that we proudly unveiled at the National Memorial & Arboretum in Staffordshire on the 19th July, 2015.   Some Background: Whilst there was dissent from some…

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RAR Regimental Association

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RAR Regimental Association

Did you serve in one of the six RAR Independent Companies? Were you RAR-attached to one of the Rhodesia Regiment territorial battalions? Or were you in 1RAR, 2RAR, 3RAR, or at Depot RAR at Balla Balla? Perhaps your husband, partner, father, brother or son wore the RAR badge? If so, there is a home for…

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