The Rhodesian Soldier

1st Battalion the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI)


​All three of my brothers served in the RLI:


4156 Cpl Attie van Tonder, 1 Commando and MT from 1967 to 1978

4801 L/Cpl Danie van Tonder, 2 Commando from 1969 to 1974

88553 Rfn Jo' van Tonder, National Service with 2 Commando in 1974


When I did my National Service with Intaf in 1976, our training officers all came from the RLI, including their erstwhile RSM, Robin Tarr.


The Battalion is therefore very close to my heart. This then is just a scrapbook of my own photos (thanks Craig Fourie for the para photo) relating to this amazing unit that was The Saints.