Major Neil Leckie, RFD (Ret’d), commenced his military service in 1968 as a National Serviceman at the 2nd Recruit Training Battalion at Puckapunyal, followed by officer training at the Officer Training Unit at Scheyville, NSW. Commissioned into the Infantry Corps, he saw more than 30 years of service with the Corps. Neil Leckie is an avid military historian with publications to his credit including The Bushmen’s Rifles, a History of 22 RVR (1999) and Country Victoria’s Own, the history of the 8th/7th Battalion (2008). Neil served 10 years as the Executive Officer of 8/7 RVR before retiring in 2011. After retirement he maintained the position of Manager of the Ballarat Ranger Museum. He is also an individual member of MHHV.
The King’s Banners presented to Australian infantry battalions for service in the Boer War were presented one hundred years ago this year. Sir Edward Hamley’s verse provides a vivid description of the importance of Colours as symbols of the morale and esprit de corps of a battalion or regiment:
The Ballarat Ranger Military Museum was opened in the old Ranger Barracks in Ballarat in 1989. One of the many pieces of memorabilia found in a recent search of the store of the museum was the fascinating poem: ‘Kirby DSO’.