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Posted:10/18/2019 11:50:46 AM
John James Clarke Holliday, first Sergeant Major of the SADF, must be one of the last full-time members to wear service ribbons from World War 2. It is an indication of the span of his long career and the immense wealth of experience he can bring to his new appointment. Born on October 16 1927, Holliday is an armour specialist who joined the Army while still a schoolboy. He got his first rank — lance corporal — at the age of 19 in 1946, as an instructor at 1 Special Service Battalion. He stayed there until he became an instructor at the Army Gymnasium in 1962. He later served as Squadron Sergeant Major at OFS Command, and later Northern Transvaal Command. In 1969 he became Command Sergeant Major of Northern Transvaal Command and in July 1984 Sergeant Major of the Army. The post of Sergeant Major of the Army is a comparatively recent one, having been instituted in 1970 only (the first incumbent was the legendary WO1 Ockert Snyman, who died recently). Obviously Snyman and his successors have made the appointment work, because this year the new post of Sergeant Major of the SADF was created, and Holliday was appointed. [Source: The SADF. A Survey. Supplement to Financial Mail July 10 1987]

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Posted:10/18/2019 11:50:53 AM
John James Clarke Holliday, first Sergeant Major of the SADF, must be one of the last full-time members to wear service ribbons from World War 2. It is an indication of the span of his long career and the immense wealth of experience he can bring to his new appointment. Born on October 16 1927, Holliday is an armour specialist who joined the Army while still a schoolboy. He got his first rank — lance corporal — at the age of 19 in 1946, as an instructor at 1 Special Service Battalion. He stayed there until he became an instructor at the Army Gymnasium in 1962. He later served as Squadron Sergeant Major at OFS Command, and later Northern Transvaal Command. In 1969 he became Command Sergeant Major of Northern Transvaal Command and in July 1984 Sergeant Major of the Army. The post of Sergeant Major of the Army is a comparatively recent one, having been instituted in 1970 only (the first incumbent was the legendary WO1 Ockert Snyman, who died recently). Obviously Snyman and his successors have made the appointment work, because this year the new post of Sergeant Major of the SADF was created, and Holliday was appointed. [Source: The SADF. A Survey. Supplement to Financial Mail July 10 1987]

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