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Durban Light Infantry

Primus in Africa - First in Africa

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Durban Light Infantry - (3 members)

The Durban Light Infantry (DLI) was formed in 1854 as the Durban Volunteer Guard and became the Durban Rifle Guard in 1859. On 2 Apr 1873 it became the Royal Durban Rifles. Between 1889 and 1895 the unit was amalgamated with the Maritzburg Rifles as the Natal Royal Rifles. On the constitution of the Union Defence Force in 1912, the Unit became the Durban Light Infantry, renamed the 1st Infantry, (Durban Light Infantry). In consequence the Unit was permitted to add to its badge "Primus in Africa". The DLI participated in both WW1 and WW2. In 1935, King George V conferred the title Royal on the Royal Durban Light Infantry as a recognition of its seniority and service. In 1961 with the formation of the Republic, the title "Royal" was considered incompatible and the Regiment reverted to being the Durban Light Infantry. It was utilised as infantry during the Border War and formed part of 84 Motorised Brigade from the formation's inception in 1974.

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