John Edmond | The 124th Cavalry Regiment Lives On

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The 124th Cavalry Regiment Lives On

by John Edmond

A Military folk style song describing the accolades of the famous 124th Cavalry Regiment in Texas USA.
Genre: Folk: Free-folk
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John Edmond is a well known singer, songwriter and performer.

His music is known worldwide, hence the new song for the 124th Cavalry Regiment.
John captures facts of history as he delivers his songs which instill pride and honour to military heroes.

John served with the Royal Rhodesia Regiment from 1956 to 1964.This was similar to The American National Guard.
He saw active service on the Northern Rhodesian border during the Congo up-rising in 1960, rescuing Belgian refugees from the blood bath. In the 1970’s he was called by his former commanders to perform in a morale boosting role with his guitar in the front line in the Rhodesian bush war.

He emigrated to South Africa and volunteered for the Imperial Light Horse which was a mounted unit formed during the Boer War and is similar to an American Cavalry Regiment. This regiment like the 124th Cavalries became an armoured outfit and served during the South African campaign against the Cubans in Angola.

After the apartheid regime and democracy in South Africa, Teresa, John's wife and John volunteered for the local commando similar to The American National Guard. As a licensed pilot John was commissioned to fly sorties for security and Teresa was his spotter and navigator. They used their Cessna 182 for about 5 years to assist the Commandos .
Sadly the Commandos have now been disbanded and John and Teresa are both proud to say that they have answered to the call.

In the Congo campaign John was a section leader and attained the humble rank of Lance Corporal and in the Imperial Light Horse was a Staff Sargent and as a pilot he would have been recognized as Flight Lieutenant.

John and Teresa would like to thank the 124th Cavalry Regiment for making them honorary members of this proud Texas regiment !

John loves to research historical facts of years gone and looking into the history of the 124th cavalry Regiment he found great similarities between the British South Africa Police and the 124th.
In 1866 Jesse Chisholm drove a wagon load of buffalo hides from Texas through Oklahoma to his trading post near Wichita Kansas. For twenty years thereafter traders and drovers followed this route. The song they sang was the Old Chisam Trail and the chorus was used to communicate with each other in the swirling dust of the cattle they drove. When the British South African Police. (B.S.A.P.). was formed in 1889 many cowboys and US cavalrymen joined the regiment. They brought with them the song The old Chisam Trail. This song became the regimental march for the B.S.A.P. John wrote a song for the B.S.A.P. called "The Regiment lives on" and as a reciprocal gesture has adapted the song and given it to the 124th Cavalry Regiment. It all started in Texas !

We drink a toast to a proud regiment in Texas!
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