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Hugh St John Rowley was born on 30 April 1934

Hugh was a Rhodesia who went to St Andrews College in Grahamstown. Here he was Head Boy

Also a great Rugby player and all round sportsman. He played rugby for Rhodesia at fly half and for also for Mashonaland. He was known as the “Galloping Major” when he played for Rhodesian Light Infantry.

Hugh served as 2I/C of 1 Commando in 1964 and later as OC 3 Cdo, during Operation Cauldron. Some of Hugh’s history in the RLI is covered in the book “The Saints”.

Hugh Rowley was posted as the CO of 10RR as regular Lt Col. Later he served as Military Attaché in Pretoria. Some time was spent also working with Lt. Col. Ron Reid Daly.

Hugh’s father served with the BSAP.

Hugh passed away on 22nd May 2003 in the Rosebank Clinic, South Africa after a protracted struggle with cancer.