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Unit History: South African Infantry

The South African Infantry Corps is the largest combat corps within the South African Army.

The unit originated as the Infantry Branch of the Union Defence Forces in 1913.

In 1915, the defence forces established the South African Overseas Expeditionary Force for war service outside southern Africa. It included the South African Infantry, comprising twelve battalions, and the Cape Corps, comprising two battalions of Coloured volunteers. These units were disbanded in 1919.

The Infantry Branch was enlarged in 1934, and the mounted rifles regiments were converted to infantry in 1935.

In 1943, the Infantry Branch was incorporated into the new South African Armoured Corps, which was divided into armour and infantry branches after World War II. In 1954, the SAAC's infantry branch, and the personnel of the South African Instructional Corps, were formed into the South African Infantry Corps.

Forces Reunited Forum Posts Involving South African Infantry

"My husbands Grandfather served in the 7th South African Infantry, discharged in 1916 and then came to Britain in RGA according to Medal Index Card as 2nd Liet. I am trying to find more out about his service in the RGA. Any ideas or information greatly appreciated. Julie "
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"Quoting: Julie Kelly My husbands Grandfather served in the 7th South African Infantry, discharged in 1916 and then came to Britain in RGA according to Medal Index Card as 2nd Liet. I am trying to find more out about his service in the RGA. Any ideas or information greatly appreciated. Julie The RGA developed from fortress-based artillery located on British coasts. From 1914 when the army possessed very little heavy artillery it grew into a very large component of the British forces. It was..."
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"I am curious to know how my Gt Uncle, Andrew Aitken, born in Greenock, Renfrewshire in 1880 came to serve in the South African Infantry in WWI in Belgium and where he died 20/9/1917. Was he a resident in South Africa by then or had he joined a scottish regiment? If he was resident then I may find some family in SA which I am currently unaware of. "
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"Quoting: Wendy Aitken I am curious to know how my Gt Uncle, Andrew Aitken, born in Greenock, Renfrewshire in 1880 came to serve in the South African Infantry in WWI in Belgium and where he died 20/9/1917.   Was he a resident in South Africa by then or had he joined a scottish regiment?   If he was resident then I may find some family in SA which I am currently unaware of. Wendy. Look up World Vital Records South Africa and there is  one Family Tree for Andrew Aitken.  It may well be your Gt..."
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