SA Legion

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Membership of the SA Legion

How to become a member

Flanders Field
In Flanders fields the poppies blow/
Between the crosses, row on row.
(John Macrae)

Civilians tending soldiers' graves; some of the many thousands which serve as a legacy of man's madness. The total cost in human lives amounted to 13 million. The total number of South Africans killed during the First World War was 12 452, of whom 8 551 were white, 709 coloured men and 3 192 black. Although small when compared with the total, to sparsely populated South Africa, the losses were enormous. Not only in terms of numbers, but in terms of quality and kind. Those who served were all volunteers, and it is in the nature of things that a volunteer army takes a proportion of the best men of a nation.

SA National Servicemen
Reserve force members of the Cape Town Rifle (Dukes) at training at Beaufort West. When these men leave the service they will be classed as military veterans.
Leaving for Qunu
Cape Field Artillery leaving at 3.00am for Qunu.

Once restricted to those who had seen military service, membership of the Legion is now open to all those who have its ideals at heart.

There are many benefits to be derived from becoming a member of the SA Legion but, most of all, there’s the joy of being part of a network of like-minded folk and the comfort of knowing they’re there to assist when it is needed.

To become a member of the SA Legion you can apply online. A fee of R250,00 (which includes a once-off, first year joining fee of R100,00) is payable, irrespective of date of application (no proportioning). The membership cycle runs from 1 April to 31 March each year. Please do not pay until you receive an invoice.

At the induction of new members, each will receive a back-copy of Springbok – the Legion’s national magazine – as well as that from the Cape Town Branch and other Legion memorabilia.

There is a misconception that military veterans are seen only as those who served in World War Two. The thousands of men and women who have served in the armed forces since both the world wars are all classed as military veterans. The term includes all those who served as National Servicemen, as well as former members of the Citizen Force (now known as Reserve Force) and the Commandos. Rank in the SA Legion is irrelevant – all members are Legionnaires.

For more information on the activities or membership of the SA Legion Cape Town please contact us on 021 689 9771 or

SA Legion Inducts New Members

Following the first induction ceremony in July 2012, further ceremonies have been held combined with a social event for members.

Induction of new members

Nicole Lefevre is inducted by Exco chair Ray Nesset on Dec 6, 2018 (Rosedale manager David Holmes in attendance).