At the conclusion of the 1914-18 war (during which there was no Corps of Artillery in South Africa as such and Gunner units were organised and fought as separate entities) two loose associations of members of Gunner units were formed. These were the S.A. Heavy Artillery Association and the S.A. Field Artillery Association. Recruitment during the war had been largely on a regional basis and as a result the Associations never amalgamated into a close national body. The 6″ Howitzer Memorials and Plaques in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Johannesburg were cared for by local branches of the SAHA and were finally handed over to the Gunners’ Association in 1945. In Johannesburg and other centres the SAFA Association erected memorial plaques, (Johannesburg in the southern foyer of the City Hall).
SOUTH AFRICAN GUNNERS' ASSOCIATION - A SHORT HISTORY
“NO WAR WITHOUT GUNS – NO PEACE WITOUT GUNNERS!”
MISSION – It is the mission of the Gunners’ Association to promote fellowships and camaraderie amongst Gunners, (field, anti-aircraft, anti-tank, serving or retired) to promote Gunner Traditions and to provide welfare and educational support to Gunners and their families OBJECTIVES – The organisation’s main objectives are to: maintain an association of those persons who are or become members of the Association; actively encourage Gunners to become members of the Association and partake in its activities in order to ensure the continuity of the Association; encourage the continuation of the traditions and to foster the heritage of Gunners; assist members in obtaining any right or privilege to which they are or should be entitled by reason of the member’s military service; assist members in obtaining employment; sponsor and assist the formation of Branches in suitable centres under the auspices of the Association; affiliate with any organisation having objects similar in part, or in whole, to those of the Association, and whether within or outside the Republic of South Africa; render support to members and their dependents.