Durban Light Infantry
|Durban Light Infantry|
SANDF Durban Light Infantry emblem
|Active||May 1854 to present|
|Part of||South African Infantry Formation
Army Conventional Reserve
|Garrison/HQ||DLI Avenue, Durban Coordinates:|
|Motto(s)||Primus in Africa|
|Lieut Col Z. Hangana|
|Honorary Colonel||Vacant Post|
|Company level Insignia|
|SA Mechanised Infantry beret bar circa 1992|
The Durban Light Infantry is a Motorised Infantry regiment of the South African Army. It lost its status as a Mechanised infantry regiment in 2010 in line with the rationalisation of resources. As a reserve unit, it has a status roughly equivalent to that of a British Army Reserve or United States Army National Guard unit.
The Regiment was formed as the D’Urban Volunteer Guard, in May 1854. In 1859 it became the Durban Rifle Guard. In 1873 it became known as the Royal Durban Rifles. In 1889 it became known as the Natal Royal Rifles (Left half Battalion). In 1895 it became the Durban Light Infantry.
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”.
In 1953, King George VI conferred the title Royal on two Regiments being the Royal Durban Light Infantry and the Royal Natal Carbineers, as a recognition of their 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.
At the centre of the 'Regimental Colour' is the badge worn by the Regiment since 1961. It consists of the recognised Infantry Silver Bugle with tassels and a shield with two wildebeest and a crown. The wildebeest are symbolic of the Province, while the crown retained as a traditional device is reminiscent of the title “Royal” bestowed upon the Regiment by King George V in 1935.
The words “Primus in Africa” are superimposed within a scroll.
The crest is composed of a lion passant guardant on three mounds – the centre mound being charged with a pyramid. The lion is symbolic of strength, courage and fortitude. The three mounds are symbolic of the battles fought in World War II – Monte Stanco, Monte Peza and Monte Sole/Caprara. The pyramid is symbolic of the 1941–1943 Egyptian Campaign.
The garland which surrounds the coloured badge comprises the Thistle of Scotland, the Tudor Rose of England and the Shamrock of Ireland – symbols taken from the old colour – and the other two flowers, the Protea, the National flower of South Africa, and the Strelitzia, the flower of Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal).
Previous Dress Insignia
Current Dress Insignia
- South Africa, Anglo-Zulu War 1879
- South Africa, Anglo-Boer War 1899–1902
- Relief of Ladysmith 1900
- Natal, Bambatha Rebellion 1906
- South West Africa 1914–1915
- East Africa 1916–1918
- Rand Miners’ Revolt 1922
- World War II
- Western Desert 1941–1943 (See 1st SA Infantry Division)
- Alamein Defence
- Alamein Box
- El Alamein
- Italy 1944–1945
- Casino II
- Gothic Line
- Monte Stanco
- Monte Pezza
- Po Valley
- South West Africa – Namibia 1976–1994, five tours.
- Internally in South Africa in support of the SAPS (SA. Police Service) in the following actions;
- 1949, 1960, 1961
- 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992 (mainly rural areas)
- 1994 Elections.
- 1996 Elections.
- 1999 Elections.
- 2006 Op in Burundi. Detached members to Standing Army control structures.
- 2007–2014. Internal operations.
|1905||Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn KG KT KP GCB GCSI GCMG GCIE GCVO GBE VD TD||1938|
|1947||HM Queen Elizabeth II||1961|
|1903||Maj General Sir George Dartnell KCB CMG||1913|
|1914||Col the Hon. Sir Matthew Nathan GCMG PC||1939|
|1940||Brig General GMJ Molyneux DSO VD||1959|
|1960||Col C Metcalfe SSA JCD ED JP||2004|
|2005||Col Errol Richardson||2013|
|From||Commanding Officers of the Regiment||To|
|From||OC Durban Volunteer Guard||To|
|n.d.||Colonel, the Hon George Rutherford||n.d.|
|From||OC Durban Rifle Guard||To|
|n.d.||Colonel HJ Meller||n.d.|
|1863||Major AW Evans||n.d.|
|1866||Capt BW Greenacre||n.d.|
|From||OC Royal Durban Rifles||To|
|n.d.||Capt Edward Randles||n.d.|
|1874||Capt William Randles||n.d.|
|1879||Capt PS Flack||n.d.|
|1884||Capt JF King||n.d.|
|1886||Capt T McCubbin||n.d.|
|From||OC Natal Royal Rifles||To|
|1889||Major T McCubbin||n.d.|
|1893||Major HR Bousfield||n.d.|
|From||OC Durban Light Infantry||To|
|n.d.||Lt Col T McCubbin MG VD||n.d.|
|1902||Lt Col J Scott-Wylie MVO VD||n.d.|
|1914||Col J Scott-Wylie MVO VD||n.d.|
|1914||Lt Col J Dick VD (Second Battalion)||1915|
|1914||Lt Col RL Goulding VD (First Battalion)||1915|
|1915||Lieut Col GMJ Molyneux DSO VD (First Battalion)||n.d.|
|1915||Col J Scott-Wylie DSO MVO VD||n.d.|
|1920||Lt Col GMJ Molyneux DSO VD||n.d.|
|1925||Lieut Col JFR Lauth DSO VD||n.d.|
|1930||Lieut Col CE Borain MC VD||n.d.|
|From||OC Royal Durban Light Infantry||To|
|1935||Lt Col CE Borain MC VD||n.d.|
|1936||Lt Col IW Nolan VD (First Battalion)||n.d.|
|1936||Lt Col LGC Bayliss VD (Second Battalion)||n.d.|
|1937||Lt Col J Butler-Porter VD (1/2 Battalion)||n.d.|
|1940||Lt Col LC Wendt VD (Second Battalion)||n.d.|
|1942||Lt Col J Butler-Porter DSO VD (1/2 Battalion)||n.d.|
|1943||Lt Col C Metcalfe SSA JCD ED JP (1/2 Battalion)||n.d.|
|1946||Lt Col C Metcalfe SSA JCD ED JP (First Battalion)||n.d.|
|1946||Lt Col LC Wendt DSO VD (Second Battalion)||n.d.|
|1947||Lt Col AC Martin MC VD (Second Battalion)||n.d.|
|1950||Cmdt OS Hampson VD (Second Battalion)||n.d.|
|1952||Cmdt C Metcalfe SSA JCD ED VD JP||n.d.|
|1952||Cmdt OS Hampson VD||n.d.|
|1956||Cmdt G Jaaback VD||n.d.|
|1961||Cmdt JH Smallwood JCD||n.d.|
|From||Durban Light Infantry||To|
|c. 1961||Cmdt JH Smallwood SM JCD||c. 1969|
|1969||Cmdt DN Deavin JCD||n.d.|
|1974||Cmdt JJ Hulme JCD||n.d.|
|1980||Cmdt MJ Adrain MMM JCD||n.d.|
|1984||Cmdt DI Moe SM MMM JCD||n.d.|
|1989||Cmdt WJ Olivier SM MMM JCD||n.d.|
|1995||Lt Col GPD De Ricquebourg MMM JCD||n.d.|
|2004||Lt Col Mark J Whitson MMM JCD||n.d.|
|2011||Lieut Col PH Bruyns||n.d.|
|2012||Lt Col SA Mbuyazi (Suspended)[a]||n.d.|
|2012||Lt Col MD Motsamai (Caretaker OC)[b]||n.d.|
|n.d.||Lieut Col Z. Hangana||Present|
|From||Regimental Sergeants Major||To|
|From||Durban Volunteer Guard||To|
|From||Durban Rifle Guard||To|
|From||Royal Durban Rifles||To|
|From||Natal Royal Rifles||To|
|From||Durban Light Infantry||To|
|1895||RSM A Forbes||1910|
|1910||RSM AL Pepper||1913|
|1913||RSM A Eales||1914|
|1914||RSM A Eales (First Battalion)||1915|
|1914||RSM WJ Simpson (Second Battalion)||1915|
|1915||RSM A Eales||1926|
|1927||RSM G Sime||1931|
|1932||RSM PH Johnson||1933|
|1933||RSM CA Carlyle||n.d.|
|From||Royal Durban Light Infantry||To|
|1933||RSM CA Carlyle||1935|
|1936||RSM CA Carlyle (First Battalion)||n.d.|
|1942||RSM LPA Boxhall||n.d.|
|1936||RSM JWH McGreavey (Second Battalion)||n.d.|
|1942||RSM LPA Boxhall (1/2 Battalion)||n.d.|
|1943||RSM NJR Punch (1/2 Battalion)||n.d.|
|1946||RSM LPA Boxhall (First Battalion)||n.d.|
|1948||RSM JF Potgieter (First Battalion)||n.d.|
|1946||RSM J.E. Law (Second Battalion)||n.d.|
|1950||RSM W.H. Ward (Second Battalion)||n.d.|
|n.d.||RSM J.F. Potgieter ED||n.d.|
|1956||RSM J.J. Wiliemse||n.d.|
|1957||RSM C. Krause||n.d.|
|1959||RSM A.R. Miles||n.d.|
|From||Durban Light Infantry||To|
|1962||RSM A.R. Miles JCD||1968|
|1968||RSM S.M.J. Swanepoel JCD||1974|
|1974||RSM R.I. Francis PMM MMM JCD||1993|
|1993||RSM Mark J. Whitson MMM JCD (later Commanding Officer)||1995|
|1995||RSM W.J. Smith MMM JCD||1999|
|2000||RSM Bobby Freeman JCD||2005|
|2005||RSM Quentin Lategan MMM||2005|
|2006||RSM "Ampie" Vorster||2011|
The regimental headquarters of the DLI has been declared as a National Monument.
Peacekeeping deployments and training
All members of the Regiment are volunteers, with employment in the civilian roles, they fulfil their responsibilities and duties on top of their duties and responsibilities to their Families and Employers. An enormous commitment to the safety and security of the Republic of South Africa.
Training is mandatory with the current requirements of Equality and Equity in line with the SANDF Policy. The duration of training places an enormous pressure on members to get Employers to relieve them to attend the courses and training exercises.
An illustrated history of the 150 years of the Regiment has been prepared by Prof. Brian Kearney, Mr Dave Matthews and Lieut Col "Bill" Olivier SM MMM JCD (Retd.). The book is being sold by the Headquarters Board.
- Suspended following allegations of wearing awards and decorations not received & possession of stolen property
- Lt Col Motsamai is currently the Commanding Officer of another Reserve Force Unit based in Gauteng
- Martin, Lt Col A. C. (1969). "Volume I: 1854–1934". The History of the Durban Light Infantry incorporating that of The Sixth South African Infantry 1915–1918. Durban: The Headquarter Board of the Durban Light Infantry.
- Martin, Lt Col A. C. (1969). "Volume II: 1935–1960". The History of the Durban Light Infantry incorporating that of The Sixth South African Infantry 1915–1917. Durban: The Headquarter Board of the Durban Light Infantry.
- Gibson, Erika (1 October 2012). "CO of Durban Light Infantry in medals scandal". The Witness. Archived from the original on 2014-10-26. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
THE commanding officer-designate of Durban Light Infantry (DLI) is being prosecuted for allegedly wearing the medals of a deceased chaplain of the unit during a parade. Lieutenant-Colonel Sibusiso Amos Mbuyazi (42) apparently wore the padre’s Southern Cross medal, awarded for 30 years’ service, and the Pro Patria decoration, among others, on August 22, when he was awarded his lieutenant-colonel’s rank during a parade in Pretoria.
- "SAHRA – Durban Light Infantry Head Quarters 5 DLI Avenue Durban". SAHRA. South African Heritage Resources Agency. Retrieved 19 December 2014.