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Old 07-05-21, 06:31 AM
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Default Transvaal Horse Artillery (THA)

Is anybody able to enlighten me as to what this THA officer's pocket badge is in this photo.

It appears to be an embroidered THA badge on a swatch of Murray of Athol tartan and I am wondering if it has any relationship with the former 7th Medium Regt SAA, or the Transvaal Scottish.

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Old 07-05-21, 12:36 PM
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Hope this helps?

7th Medium Regiment SAA (Fd) According to the H H Curzon seniority list, the regiment was formed on the 16th September 1939. After serving in East and North Africa it later merged with the 23rd Medium Regiment (Mining Engineering Brigade), and it was then referred to as the 7/23rd Medium Regiment and served with the 6th SA Armoured Division with distinction in Italy.

In July 1946 the first intake of post-war recruits into the 3rd Battalion Transvaal Scottish were reformed as the 7th Medium Regiment SAA (3 T.S.) with its HQ in Benoni in the Transvaal (now Gauteng). Their first Commanding Officer was Lt- Col. A H Guy. The members continued to wear Transvaal Scottish buttons and shoulder titles but now wore the Artillery cap badge and collar badges. It was equipped with two 8 gun Batteries of 5.5 inch guns until the 28th February 1960 when it was disbanded.

With the reorganization of the Artillery Corps in 1974, it was decided to once again establish a Medium Regiment and this became the 7 Medium Regiment SAA (Fd), a Citizen Force unit with headquarters once again in Benoni. Amongst others the unit comprised members from Regiment Laeveld (previously 2nd Medium Regiment) from Nelspruit, which formed the nucleus of the ranks when it was the 7th Field Regiment based in Pretoria under the command of Cmdt. J.E. (Boet) Coetzee.

It saw action during several operational tours in the South West African / Angolan Campaign. It also had the unique distinction of being the first artillery unit to fire live rounds at the then new Army Battle School range at lohathla during September 1978. During 1979 it fell under the command of Cmdt. K.W.J. Ward and had an effective officers strength of 37 with a full complement of Warrant Officers and 650 other ranks. The unit’s three batteries are referred to as 71, 72 and 73 in line with the modern practice of naming batteries after the unit number.

During reorganization of the army in 1991, the Transvaal Horse Artillery absorbed the unit.
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Old 07-05-21, 10:58 PM
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Thank you Brian. I guess it reflects past association following the absorption of 7 Mdm Regt.

I see now it is Sandfontein Artillery Regiment in any case. Wonder what the new badge will look like.

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