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Mervyn. This very interesting blog, which was recently brought to my attention, holds considerable interest for me for several reasons. I spend all my spare time researching the military history of Rhodesia in particular and South Africa in general. Last year I co-authored a very comprehensive and detailed roll of honour covering the Rhodesian Bush War, and am currently working on a 2nd edition. I am on the research team for the Rhodesia Regiment project and am also busy with a book on Internal Affairs. I write a monthly column in the Rhodesia Services Association international Newsletter Contact!Contact! I am a member of the Rhodesian Light Infantry Assoc. and administrator of the Facebook page The Fallen. More recently I have been commissioned to author a Book of Remembrance for the Rhodesian African Rifles Regt Assoc, UK (of which I am an Honorary Member). This will coincide with the Rhodesia Native Regt/RAR Memorial which is going to be erected at the National Memorial Arboretum here in England. I mentioned to Brigadier Dave Heppenstall and General Mike Shute that it would appear that the RNR King's Colours have come to light. They are convinced that this is in fact the RNR colours. On behalf of the association, I would like to ask if you would consider discussing the possibility of the colours being repatriated to the association for safe-keeping with the rest of the two regiment's sacred items at the Rifles Club in London. The original RAR colours are housed in this very appropriate and safe location. As an association, we are extremely excited about this matter, and it is our sincere wish that you will consider our approach favourably, these colours representing a very powerful part of our military legacy.Please feel free to check up on me and the work I do. My e-mail address is in the public domain: g.van-tonder@sky.com Gerry.

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Gerry

I'm sure Mervyn will consider your request with care. He is one of the true gentlemen still in circulation and tirelessly devoted to promoting both the collecting of militaria and the knowledge which is associated with each and every item.

Peter

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Gerry - thankyou for your email regarding the Rhodesian Memorials.

I would like to offer you an opportunity to show some of this history on GMIC. With over 8000 members and a strong following on

Rhodesia - this would be an excellent chance to not only recruit some dedicated new members - but, also to explain exactly how

it is all being set-up and also where visitors can view.

We would give you a 'pinned' position and you could extend the information over a period of time. Please give this some serious

thought .

With regard to the King's Colour - having now found out so much of it's history - and having checked with a number of top auction

houses, I now realise just how rare it is for such an item to be available. I am told that it is probably over 50 years since such a

Collour was sold. I will give the matter further thought and will IM you in due course. Mervyn

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Mervyn,

My sincere apologies for missing your post of 17 January, but my life has been very hectic this year.

I will be more than happy to share some of my Rhodesian military research with your members, but would like a bit of guidance as it is a HUGE field! Please suggest what you believe may be of interest.

With regard to the King's Colour, I must also apologise if I missed your IM, but I've had a look in the 'pot' but it says there are no messages - assuming I am looking in the right place. Please feel free to e-mail me on g.van-tonder@sky.com if you so wish. I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Kind regards, Gerry

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Does anyone know where Mervyn might be today or who might now be in possession of this Colour. General Shute of the Rhodesian African Rifles Association is most desirious of locating this Colour and having it properly laid up next to the RAR Colours at The Rifles Club in London.

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Mervyn is still very active on this forum but in the process of closing out his store. Try going to one of his posts and sending him a PM if he doesn't respond to this post soon,

Peter

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