For several years ex members have attended the dawn ceremony at Coolum RSL. The Regimental colours are retained within the RSL and very generously the unit is given the honour of leading the parade each year. It is a short march to the venue and the emphasis is on rememberance and Cameraderie.
Local Schools, Dignitaries, Associations and Bands attend and always a humbling experience to see the level of reverence and respect accorded all Veterans by members of the Coolum community.
All serving members and relatives from Rhodesian units are most welcome.
D.E.W. (Dennis) Croukamp BCR
Condolences from all memebers RLIRA
Dear Member / Friend
It is with regret and sense of loss that we advise you that Dennis Croukamp BCR died in the early hours of this morning ,9 January 2021 in Capetown,South Africa. Dennis had been struggling with the ravages of cancer for awhile but recently fell victim to the Covid 19 virus from which he did not recover Dennis served in the Regiment from 1965. Later he served with the Selous Scouts and then at the School of Infantry. I believe that Dennis was not only the most junior ranking recipient but also the youngest to be awarded the Bronze Cross of Rhodesia (BCR) in 1970. We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dennis and our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief.
As my next heart beat grows further from my first and closer to my last. I look back into the years and to those friends left in my past. Old soldiers whose years now pass. Each day our faces wrinkle our hands callous our hair turns a shade of gray. Our dearest friends grow old no more Their hair will never gray They age no more Not a hour nor a day They feel no pain since the day they fell. Their brows will never crease with worry or some horrid pain. Our memories of them will never cease. a promise made years ago as we stood in the rain. I visited my friends and yes I stood tall But no matter how much I tried I broke and cried As I knew those names upon the Wall.
SFC Thomas E. Ward