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 1965: Rifleman Paul Willemse from 6 SAI collapsed during Basic Training after suffering heat stroke. Unfortunately, the NCO’s in charge failed to take the necessary actions or administer water and continued with the exercise. After collapsing for the fourth time, he was admitted to hospital where he sadly died the following day. Three NCO’s involved in this incident were later Court Martialed for gross negligence and dereliction of duty and were dishonorably discharged from the SADF. He was 19.

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 a combined SWAPO/PLAN and FAPLA force 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 SWAPO/PLAN insurgents 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 POMZ-2M 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 while carrying out anti-crime operations in Mamelodi Township. He was 18.

11 Mar 1990: 86492857BG Lance Corporal Olaf Johan de Villiers Lagesen from 5 SAI was killed when his Samil 20 truck overturned 20km North of Komatipoort. He was 19.


    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, 2019
    • Piet Fourie
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