RLI Logo


Unit Emblem

Commanding Officer of the Rand Light Infantry - Lt. Col. John G. Mellitchey

A bugle with strings, mouth piece to the right, within the strings the letters R.L.l. surmounted by the crest of H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught. Comprising a lion lion statant guardant, upon a coronet composed of crosses patee and fleur-de-lis, crowned with a like coronet and difference with a label of three points (silver) the centre point charged with the cross of St George (red) and each of the other points with a fleur­de-lis (blue) remainder of the badge in gilt on a blue cloth backing.

Crest of H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught Crest of H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught The crest of the first Colonel in Chief of Rand Light Infantry, Field Marshall, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Connaught KG KT GCSI GCMG GCIE GCVO.
Lion statant guardant Lion statant guardant The lion is a common charge in heraldry. It traditionally symbolises bravery, valour, strength, and royalty, because historically it has been regarded as the king of beasts. A "lion statant" is standing, all four feet on the ground, usually with the forepaws together.
Patee cross Patee cross A cross pattée is particularly associated with crowns in Christian countries. Many crowns worn by monarchs have jewelled crosses pattée mounted atop the band.
Fleur-de-lis Fleur-de-lis The fleur-de-lis is a stylized lily or iris that is used as a decorative design or symbol. It may be "at one and the same time, religious, political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic, and symbolic", especially in French heraldry.
Cross of St George Cross of St George Originally an ensign of the Republic of Genoa, successively used by crusaders and adopted by England, it became associated with Saint George, the "warrior saint" often depicted as a crusader, from the late Middle Ages.

Regimental Colours

RLI Regimental Flash

Regimental flash (green-blue-black).

Cap Badge

RLI Cap Badge

The unit badge is mounted above the Regimental flash (green-blue-black). The flash has a Tudor Rose in the middle. RLI was the first Infantry Regiment to wear a beret, (and brown instead of the usual rifle green), instead of the old pith helmet in 1947.

Tudor Rose Tudor Rose A symbol of the second Colonel in Chief of RLI, H.R.H. The Princess Margaret.

Regimental Motto


He conquers who endures

Regimental Mascot

Susie, the air sentry monkey

Regimental March

One and All

Regimental Slow March

Duke of York March
Preobrajensky March

Regimental Double March

The Keel Row

Current Alliances

The Light Infantry Regiment - British Army -1995

The Light Infantry Regiment - British Army -1995

Previous Alliances

Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry - British Army – 1930 (The DCLI later amalgamated with Somerset Light Infantry to be known as Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry (SCLI) who in turn amalgamated with Light Infantry (LI)).
46 Battalion – Australian Military Forces – 1935
Battleford Light Infantry – Non Permanent Active Force of Canada - 1935

Freedom of the City

RLI was granted the Freedom of Entry to the City of Johannesburg on 27 September 1955 and was the third Regiment to receive this honour.

Ceremonial Dress

Ceremonial Dress

RLI ceremonial dress consists of the old pattern tunic, shorts, Sam Browne and sword, brown leather gloves, officers’ pattern boots, Fox puttees and hosetops. This dates back to 1915 when the Colonel of the Regiment, Lt Col JM Fairweather, DSO, purchased shorts, at his own expense, for every man in the Regiment to enable them to operate in the hot desert conditions in German South West Africa in greater comfort.