Tribute to the RAR
Those fighting men of the RAR
longest serving Regiment by far
Their history spread through many a year
they fought with pride, showing no fear
Egypt, Malaya, Congo then Rhodesia
marching and singing , made it easier.
Shaw Barracks at Balla Balla
harsh countryside ,with very little colour
It’s where they practised their shooting skills
then later with Fireforce scored many kills
Their company mascot; a goat called I’nduna
had the respect of every single Masodja.
They patrolled the Zambezi and valley below
their skill in tracking we soon came to know
Led by Officers and senior NCO’s
into battles, and to seek out our foes
Many brave soldiers with medals to show
still proudly displayed; row upon row.
Sweet Banana; their song of choice
sung by all, with such fine voice
Heart gripping, tear jerking, harmonising song
still listened to now, after the Battalion has gone
We will never forget the role they played
That supreme sacrifice they all made.
Written by Glen Ashmead