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Any information regarding the early days of the unit will be of help especially date founded , founding members and the Honoris Crux recipient BA. Fidler , this member was a member of 7 Medical Battalion Group but on all the war graves pages he is listed as Killed in Action while serving at 44 Parachute Brigade or unit Designation SAGD , I would like to know in what operation were he killed and circumstances ( Citation ) I'm interested in the History of this unit, affiliations , shoulder flashes , rank insignia and other badges , when did the unit use infantry ranks the switch to SAMHS ranks and when did the unit move to Lyttelton fron Special Forces Brigade HQ.... hope you can help with this kind of info ?
The Medical Battalion Group (Med Bn Gp) was created in the 1980s to replace a combination of mobile hospitals, field ambulance units and assorted other medical units assigned in support of the SA Army’s field formations.
In the late 1970`s before the establishment of the SAMHS as an independent service, the SA Army`s medical corps` mobile elements were organised as follows: 23 Mobile Hospital, 48 Field Ambulance Unit and 26 Field Hygiene Company were assigned to 1 SA Corps.
7 Infantry Division, as it then was, had 17 Mobile Hospital and 17 Field Ambulance Unit as divisional troops, while each brigade had assigned a field ambulance unit (number 71, 72 and 73). 8 Armoured Division had a similar medical organisation, with 18 Mobile Hospital and 18 Field Ambulance Unit as divisional troops, and the brigade field ambulance units numbered 81, 82, 83 and 84 respectively.
There are currently (2008) five medical battalion groups, three staffed by the Reserve Force and two by the regulars. In theory they have the same structure, but in practice this may not be the case, as the regular battalions may be tailored to their specialist functions – 7 Med Bn Gp to supporting the Special and Airborne Forces and 8 Med Bn Gp the SA Army`s conventional forces.
The author served in both Ops Company and 7 Medical Battalion Group. ...... The second was a posthumous award to Cpl Bruce Fidler, an Ops Medic from. 7 Med ...
... of Cpl Bruce Andrew Fidler, whose parents live in Florida, Johannesburg. In a statement on Friday, the SA Army said Cpl Fidler's remains were returned ... The date of Cpl Fidler's death was officially declared as September 15, 1985. ... 22.214.171.124/~etools/newsbrief/1992/news9209.14 - Cached -
Pathologists have established that the remains of a South
African Army medical orderly killed by enemy action while
travelling with a Unita convoy in Angola in 1985 are those of
Cpl Bruce Andrew Fidler, whose parents live in Florida,
In a statement on Friday, the SA Army said Cpl Fidler's
remains were returned to South Africa by the Angolan
authorities in June this year.
The date of Cpl Fidler's death was officially declared as
September 15, 1985.
His identity was finally established with the aid of his
dental records, the Army statement said.
The young soldier's remains will be cremated on September 15
-- exactly seven years after his death. The service, with full
military honours, will be from the Methodist Church in
We were only 4 recruits that passed the very first 7 Med Bn. Ops Med Course in 1983/1984 ( under the direct command / supervision of Cmdt. ( Dr. ) Wouter Basson )...with training at Infantary school, Oudshoorn ( basics ), Special Forces HQ, Speskop ( medical ), 1 Para Bn, Bloemfontein ( SL parachute ), De Brug, Bleomfontein and Lohatla, N Cape ( conventional warfare / parachute jumps ), Ondangwa Field Hospital ( helicopter casevacs / medical practical ) and 101 Bn Task Force, Ondangwa, Romeo Mike's ( operational ).
After that we were seconded to any of the following units for operational duties as needed.....101 RM's, Koevoet, 1 Para Bn, 44 Para Bn, 5 RR, Special Forces HQ ( 7 Med. ) etc.
Cpl. Bruce Fidler first completed all basic Special Forces Operator Training courses successfully after which he was transferred to 44 Para Brigade, Whalmanstal and later to 7 Med Bn ( which provided OPS Medics for 44 Para....also for 1 Para ).