Octogenarian certificate handed over in private ceremony.

Johannesburg, Monday 24th January 2022.

Gunner Clyde Dixon Arthur – 5th Field Regiment SAA – 1951 – 1956.

During the 1950’s and for a number of years thereafter, young South African men were required to undergo military training, which consisted of an initial camp for new recruits and subsequent annual camps.

In 1951, a young Clyde Arthur was posted to the 5th Field Regiment South African Artillery  in Port Elizabeth where he decided to make the best of his army training and applied to join the officers’ training course.

Clyde enjoyed the discipline and training and after successfully completing the course was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and served for several years before family commitments forced him to retire from the Army. As a tradition, once you have joined and served in the Artillery, you remain a Gunner. The old saying is: “Once a Gunner, Always a Gunner.”

Over 60 years later, Gunner Clyde enjoyed chatting with fellow resident of San Sereno Retirement Village,  Major General Roy Andersen, himself an esteemed Gunner and National President of the Gunners’ Association of South Africa. Gunner Roy realized that Gunner Clyde has not been invested into the Octogenarian Order of the Gunners’ Association.  Their chat resulted in Clyde being presented with a framed certificate honouring him with as a member of the Octogenarian Order of the Gunners’ Association of South Africa.

Major General Roy Andersen (Rtd), National President, Colonel Wolf Wassermeier (Rtd), Vice President and Johannesburg Branch Chairman of the Gunners Association Major (Rtd) Albert Pestana  are pictured with Gunner Clyde.