UMR change of command

2015-08-05 06:00
Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Titlestad.

Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Titlestad.

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GREYTOWN’S direct 151-year link with Umvoti Mounted Rifles finally came to end when Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Titlestad retired as officer commanding of the regiment at the UMR Change of Command Parade at the unit base in Pinetown on Saturday 25 July. He handed over command to Major David Quinton.

Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Titlestad, MMM, PB, JCD grew up in Greytown and matriculated from Greytown High School in 1969. He then studied and received a diploma in agriculture from Cedara Agriculture College.

In 1970 he was called up to do basic military training at the School of Armour in Bloemfontein.

Upon completion of his compulsory military training he was posted to Umvoti Mounted Rifles, which at that time was in Greytown.

In 1972 he accepted a permanent commission in the regiment and from then on attended various military training camps in Runu and Jozini.

During this period he also worked full-time for various sugar and timber companies. His exceptional knowledge and understanding of the Zulu language and culture has earned him respect among his peers and the Zulu-speaking troops.

In 2000 Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Titlestad accepted the post of Officer Commanding Umvoti Mounted Rifles, following in the footsteps of his father Allan Zulu Titlestad, who was known as Unwele zibomvu and was Officer Commanding the regiment from 1965 to 1967.

To date very few regiments have had a father and son as Officer Commanding the same regiment.

Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Titlestad represented the regiment during the unveiling of Inkosi Bhambathaand#039;s memorial in 2000 and also led the same regiment in Centenary Commemorations of the 1906 Bhambatha uprising at Mpanza in 2006 and in 2014 celebrated the 150 years of the regimentand#039;s founding in a series of events throughout KZN. - Oscar Zondi

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