Parade in honour of war veterans

Back: Riaan Janse van Rensburg and André Churr. Front: Kevin Graddidge and Glen Clark. Photos: Adéle Bloem


The annual Remembrance Day Parade was hosted by the West Rand District Memorable Order Of Tin Hats (Moth) in Florida, at the Dardanelles Shellhole.

Leathan Peacock and Corné Strydom from the Sea Cadets.

According to the Old Bill (Chairperson), Luke Enslin, the aim of the parade was to honour the ending of World War I, which happened on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour

Bill and Gloria Noble. Bill fought in World War II.

“The attendees at today’s parade include soldiers who fought in World War II, as well as the younger (third generation) soldiers who were involved in the various frontier and civil wars.

We also have a lot of people here today who are not only wearing their own medals, but also those of their parents who fought in World War I,” Luke said.

Arthur MacDonald from Walkerville.

The parade was attended by the MOTHWA (Women’s Auxiliary), Sea Cadets, St John’s Brigade, as well as former soldiers from Moth clubs throughout the country. The parade, led by Sergeant Major Moth Mark Thompson, was accompanied by music from the Glen Allen Pipe Band.

After the parade, every soldier received a wreath of flowers to place at the foot of the shellhole memorial shrine, during a wreath-laying ceremony. After the completion of the day’s programme, everyone had the chance to enjoy some delicious snacks and refreshments in the clubhouse.

Ian McLachlan, Vaughan Rautenbach and Ferdie Pieterse from the St John’s Brigade, Vereeniging.

Luke added that they would love to welcome new members, as he believes there are many people who qualify. “Should you want to find out more about the Motth organisations in your area, just visit our website ( to find a shellhole near you. We would gladly welcome any new members,” he concluded.

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