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Brakpan Commando

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Brakpan Commando - (2 members)

The Brakpan Commando was established at Brakpan on 14 January 1922, during the 1922 Rand Revolt, as a rebel commando under "General" R.B. Waterston, to help the striking miners. The rebel commando under a new leader, John Garsworthy, eventually massacred eight mine officials and special constables at the Brakpan Mine before the revolt was crushed. Garsworthy was sentenced to death, but later reprieved. The commando that had started as a Communist rebel movement, was eventually incorporated as a normal commando as part of the Union Defence Force. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 16 Headquarters in Marievale as part of the Witwatersrand Command and was responsible for local area protection. The original shoulder flash was authorised in 1969 and a later version in 1973. It was disbanded in 2005 after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

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20703Posted by

Allan Neill
on 11 October

RE: Brakpan Commando

Herewith a list of OC's and RSM's at Brakpan Commando. Unfortunately some dates can not be confirmed.

OC Brakpan Commando
Cmdt. Andries Swart ?
Col. Frik van Niekerk ?
Cmdt/Lt. Col. A.W. Nel 1982 -2002.
Lt. Col. R.N. Steele 2002 - 2005. (Closure).

WO1 Unknown. ?
WO1 Harry Geere ?
WO1 Holtshuizen ? -2002.
WO1 Leon Brooke 2002 (Temp.)
WO1 A.B Boone 2002-2004
No RSM in 2005 until closure.
The meaning of the Commando Unit Badge.
"When the Flamingos dance, the world stands still".
(As die flamingos dans dan staan die wereld stil)....

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