Umvoti Mounted celebrates 150th

2014-05-13 00:00

THE Umvoti Mounted Rifles will be building on its long and illustrious history this month, as it celebrates 150 years of existence with parades in Pietermaritzburg and Durban (in Pinetown) over the May 15 to 17 weekend.

The parades will consist of a marching column as well as a motorised column and an equestrian troop. The parade in Pietermaritzburg will start at 2 pm on Thursday and proceed down Church Street, where the mayor will bestow the Freedom of the City on the regiment and take the salute as the regiment exercises its Freedom of the Entry into Pietermaritzburg. In Pinetown, the parade will start at 2 pm on Saturday, proceeding down King’s Road, where the mayor will bestow the Freedom of the City on the regiment and take the salute as the regiment exercises it Freedom of the Entry into that city.

Members of the public are invited to come and view the parades as they march past the various dignitaries in the two centres, said Staff Sergeant Johann Kruger of the SANDF. He said the regiment had a colourful history in the province from May 16, 1864, when a band of settlers galloped their horses into Greytown at the behest of the Lieutenant-Governor of Natal, Sir John Scott.

“This was the birth of the Umvoti Mounted Rifles.

There were some 45 men in the original small unit under the command of Captain A.S. Wyndham who was also the magistrate of Greytown at the time. The newly formed unit was known as the Greytown Mounted Rifles,” said Kruger.

After a few years the Greytown Mounted Rifles was affiliated with the Natal Hussars and in 1893 the Umvoti Mounted Rifles was formed under commander Captain H. von Bulow.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.