Today, 11 March, we salute and honour the following men & woman who sacrificed their lives whilst standing in the defence of what they held dear at the time and against evil and tyranny.


11 Mar 1979: 75540583BG Rifleman Paul William Ernest Carroll from 7 SAI was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents near the Cut-Line. He was 20.

11 Mar 1984: 75289629PE Staff Sergeant David John Ward from 101 Battalion SWATF was critically wounded in the hip when his team was ambushed by SWAPO/PLAN and FAPLA forces in Southern Angola. He died from blood loss before he could be evacuated. He was 24.

11 Mar 1985: Rifleman K. Iyango from 101 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a contact with PLAN and FAPLA forces in Southern Angola. He was 24.

11 Mar 1987: Rifleman E. Nangula from 101 Battalion Romeo Mike Team 901 SSC-RM-3 SWATF was Killed in Action in Southern Angola after suffering multiple shrapnel wounds when he triggered a Soviet POM-Z2 Anti-Personal Picket Mine. He was 22.

11 Mar 1988: 86265451BG Rifleman Pieter Leon Hendrik van Dyk from 1 Parachute Battalion was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned during anti-crime operations in Mamelodi Township. He was 18. 


    1970 – PO John MACFARLANE (19), Support Unit, BSAP, died from multiple injuries in a vehicle accident involving two cars at Kariba Heights.

    1976 – Pte (NS) Patrick JACKSON (20), 3 Prtn Coy, RDR, was killed by a landmine, Chesa Road, Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane (US790531).

    1977 – Rfn Petrus Philipes Johannes BOTHA, 1st Bn RR, was killed in a contact, aged 20 years

    1977 – Rfn Robert Montague ‘Robbie’ BREWER, 8th Bn RR, was killed in an ambush in the Maranke TTL, south of Umtali, aged 27.

    1977 – Pte Kumanikwa MUROVE, A Coy, 1st Bn RAR, died in an accident.

    1977 – Cpl Malcolm H. ‘Smithy’ SMITH, 1st Bn RR, was killed in a contact in the North East operational area, Op Hurricane. As Malcolm's patrol was crossing a dry riverbed at night, they encountered a group of CTs only three metres in front of them. Malcolm was killed in the engagement.

    1979 – Rct PO Bradley Winston COLE, Uniform, BSAP, died in a vehicle accident, aged 19 years.

    1979 – Vdt George Smith, NS Echelon, Intaf, died on active service. 

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


    • March 11, 2017
    • Piet Fourie
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