The band is based in Durban, South Africa, and consists primarily of civilians and reserve force members of the South African National Defence Force. We are made up of a Grade 3 Band, a Grade 4 Band and a Novice Juvenile Band. All in Durban!
The Group was established in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa, as the Natal Volunteer Medical Corps in 1899. It consisted primarily of the ambulance detachments of the local KZN Units which were started earlier, in 1895. In 1904 the group was renamed Natal Medical Corps, later in SAMC: 2nd Field Amb., 2nd Mounted Bde. FA, 5th MBFA, 1st FA. 17 FA raised 1940. 1 Field Ambulance & 17 Field Ambulance amalgamated in 1981 to form what is now known as 1 Medical Battalion. The Unit has been wearing the MacKenzie Tartan since 1939 after the death of Dr. (Lieutenant, later Colonel) Archibald Mackenzie, MD, FRCS (Edin.), MO to Durban Light Infantry. OC and Hon. Col. of 1 Field Ambulance, SAMC, successor to the Natal Volunteer Medical Corps.(Left) Doctor Archibald Mackenzie -
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