Rand Light Infantry
|Rand Light Infantry|
SANDF Rand Light Infantry emblem
|Part of||South African Infantry Formation
Army Conventional Reserve
|Motto(s)||Vincit qui patitur
(He conquers who endures)
|Lt Col John Mellitchey|
|Company level Insignia|
|SA Motorised Infantry beret bar circa 1992|
The Rand Light Infantry (RLI) is an infantry regiment of the South African Army. As a reserve unit, it has a status roughly equivalent to that of a British Army Reserve unit or United States Army National Guard unit.
The history of this Regiment dates back to the Transvaal Cycle Corps, which was formed in Johannesburg on 1 October 1905 from the Bicycle Section of the Transvaal Scottish Regiment. A small section of this unit subsequently took part in the suppression of the Bambata Rebellion in Zululand.
After its return from this conflict the unit recognised the possibilities of mechanisation and members of the Regiment manufactured three armoured cars, creating a motorised fighting unit. This led to the renaming of the unit in 1909 to the Transvaal Cycle and Motor Corps.
On 1 July 1913 the Regiment was renamed the 11th Infantry (Rand Light Infantry) and transferred to the Active Citizen Force of the Union Defence Force. Simultaneously, the unit was converted to a normal infantry regiment. The Regiment's Pretoria detachment was transferred to the 12th Infantry (Pretoria Regiment).
World War One
World War Two
The RLI was mobilized for World War II in June 1940 and gained fame in North Africa where it took part in many front line engagements and earned battle honours at Bardia, Gazala and El Alamein. (See 1st SA Infantry Division) After the defeat of Rommel’s Afrika Korps, the RLI returned to South Africa and was merged with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Rifles. The remaining members of the Regiment were trained in armour, and sent as reinforcements to the South African 6th Armoured Division in Italy.
- Regimental motto: "Vincit qui patitur" (He conquers who endures)
- The RLI were allied to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry in 1932. This alliance later fell into abeyance but was resurrected in April 1995, when the Regiment became allied with The Light Infantry Regiment:22
- Regimental March: One and All and Trelawney.
- Regimental slow march: Duke of York and Preobajensky March.
- Regimental double march: Keel Row.
Previous Dress Insignia
Current Dress Insignia
The RLI has been awarded the following Battle Honours::21
|From||Colonels in Chief:40||To|
|1906||Field Marshall, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Connaught KG KT GCSI GCMG GCIE GCVO||1942|
|1947||Her Royal Highness, The Princess Margaret||n.d.|
|1910||Col Sir William van Hulsteyn KT VD||1939|
|1940||Col A.D. Viney||1968|
|1971||Col G.B. Brown JCD MC||n.d.|
|1905||Lt Col H.A. Woolf||1909|
|1909||Lt Col G.H. Hamilton-Dickson MVO||1912|
|1912||Lt Col J.M. Fairweather DSO||1915|
|1915||Lt Col W.J. Thompson DSO VD Croix de Guerre||1920|
|1920||Lt Col J.H. Blaney DSO DCM||1922|
|1923||Lt Col W.A. Abbott VD||1925|
|1925||Lt Col W.A.D. Cherrington VD||1927|
|1927||Lt Col H.E. Jackson DCM VD||1931|
|1931||Lt Col W.J. Endean MC||1932|
|1932||Lt Col A.A. Hayton DSO VD||1937|
|1937||Col J.O. Henrey MBE VD||1942|
|1942||Lt Col A.C. Thomas||1943|
|1944||Amalgamated with CTR||1945|
|1946||Lt Col C.D. Hancock ED||1950|
|1950||Cmdt W.P.F. Clark ED||1955|
|1955||Cmdt G.B. Brown JCD MC||1962|
|1963||Cmdt R.S. Munton JCD||1966|
|1967||Cmdt B.G. Simpkins JCD with 30 Yr Clasp||1969|
|1969||Cmdt J.D. Vos SM JCD||1975|
|1975||Cmdt A.B. Dalgleish JCD||1977|
|1977||Cmdt J.M. Smuts JCD||1980|
|1981||Cmdt C.E. Story JCD||1983|
|1983||Cmdt Kevin G.E. Mulligan||n.d.|
|n.d.||Lt Col John Mellitchey||Present|
|From||Regimental Sergeants Major:42–43||To|
|1906||RSM E. Evans||1910|
|1944||Amalgamated with CTR||1945|
|1968||J.L. Keene PMM||1979|
|1980||S. Rogoff JCD||1984|
- "Rand Light Infantry" (pdf). rfdiv.mil.za. Reserve Force Division, SANDF. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
- Mulligan, Commandant K.G.E. (1986). RLI Guide for Officers. Johannesburg: Rand Light Infantry.
- Mulligan, Kevin (March 2009). Carry On Regardless. Durban, South Africa: Just Done Productions Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920169-87-9. Retrieved 23 October 2014.