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Prince Alfred's Guard

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Prince Alfred's Guard (PAG) was established as the Port Elizabeth Volunteer Rifle Corps in 1856, the title Prince Alfred's Guard (PAG) was unofficially assumed in 1860 and made official in 1874, when the name Prince Alfred's Volunteer Guard (PAVG) was adopted. Its official establishment date is given as 8 Jan 1877. During the 1970s and 1980s the unit took part in counterinsurgency operations using Elands. In 1984 the unit converted to the Olifant main battle tank in 9 SA Div.


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Honi soit qui mal y pense - Evil be to him who evil thinks; Fidelis Et Fortis - Faithful and Brave

History

RE: Prince Alfred's Guard

Prince Alfred's Guard was established on 19 September 1856 as the Port Elizabeth Volunteer Rifle Corps. In 1860 the title Prince Alfred's Guard was assumed unofficially (after Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh) and on 11 July 1874 this name was officially sanctioned as Prince Alfred's Volunteer Guard. The name was later changed to Prince Alfred's Guard.

Xhosa Wars
The Regiment first saw action on 2 December 1877, against the Gcaleka tribesmen in the Battle of Umzintzani during the Ninth Xhosa War. The next conflict that the PAG participated in was the Basutoland Campaign of 1880 to 1881, during which a 500 metre bayonet charge by the Regiment which led to the capture of the village of Lerotholi, an enemy village. The Regiment also took part in the Bechuanaland Campaign of 1897.

Anglo Boer War
The Regiment also served in the Second Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902 - as mounted infantry - and took part in campaigns in the Orange Free State and the South African Republic.

World War One
Members of the PAG volunteered for service in World War I, but there was dissension in the ranks after a long deployment on sentry duty in Cape Town. As a result the contingent was disbanded and most of its members saw active service during the war in other South African units.

Union Defence Force
In 1913 the regiment was redesignated the 3rd Infantry Regiment (Prince Alfred's Guard) of the Active Citizen Force of the Union Defence Force, but regained its former name in 1934.

World War Two
During World War II, the regiment first served as link battalion for the 2nd Brigade, South African Infantry in North Africa, sending drafts of men to the fighting units, among which many went to the Field Force Battalion. The PAG was subsequently converted to an armoured unit and saw further active service with the 11th South African Armoured Brigade,[4] South African 6th Armoured Division in Italy as a tank unit.

Bush War and Namibia
Re-equipped with Eland-90 armoured cars in the postwar period, the PAG also took part in several skirmishes during subsequent border conflicts in Angola and South-West Africa (Namibia).



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RE: Prince Alfred's Guard

Prince Alfred's Guard Drill Hall
The Prince Alfred's Guard Museum in Port Elizabeth houses military exhibits in the Regiment's Victorian Drill Hall (built in 1880). It is a national monument and one of the finest surviving examples of its type.

Alliances
United Kingdom - The Royal Highland Fusiliers

Battle honours
Gaika-Gcaleka 1877
Transkei 1877 - 1878
Umzintzani
Basutoland 1880 - 1881
Bechuanaland 1897
South Africa 1899 - 1902
Italy 1944 - 1945
Celleno
Florence
The Greve
Gothic Line
Po Valley




RE: Prince Alfred's Guard

Leadership

From Honorary Colonels To
10 August 1928 Colonel T.A. Bromilow-Downing VD 27 August 1931
11 April 1947 Colonel J.R. Reis VD 19 April 1951
29 December 1954 Colonel W.E. Hawkins ED n.d.

From Commanding Officers To
1856 Colonel J.M. Hill 1857
1857 Colonel A.J. Clairmonte 1857
n.d. Colonel A. Ogilvie 1860
1861 Colonel A.C. Wylde 1865
1865 Captain W. Fleming 1865
1874 Colonel A.C. Wylde 1876
1876 Major G.R. Deare 1888
1888 Lt Col. G. Gordon 1898
1898 Major G.C. Clark CMG VD 1899
1899 Lt Col. H.W. Court VD 10 April 1915
10 April 1915 Lt Col. J.N. Neylan DSO 01 November 1915
01 November 1915 Lt Col. A.P.J. Wares VD 31 May 1925
01 June 1925 Lt Col. Whitehead DSO 06 January 1926
06 January 1916 Lt Col. F.L.A. Buchanan MC VD 30 June 1930
01 July 1935 Lt Col. J.L. Reis VD 13 September 1942
14 September Lt Col. H.A. Olsen DSO ED 11 December 1945
05 February 1946 Lt Col. W.E. Hawkins ED 30 June 1952
01 July 1952 Commandant G.M. Human 30 April 1955
01 May 1955 Commandant J.N. Erasmus JCD 01 January 1959
01 January 1959 Commandant I.F. Nel SM JCD n.d.



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Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
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