Today, 22 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.

SOUTH AFRICAN BORDER WAR

Casualty Records indicate that all was quiet on both the Northern and the Home Fronts today with nothing to report. 

    RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

    1977 – Lt Gerald William Andrew ‘Gerry’ BELL, attached RAR, was killed in a vehicle ambush in the Zambezi Valley, Op Hurricane. Gerry was returning from a call-up to Mana Pools via Rukomechi to take up his job with National Parks when they were ambushed by a group of ZIPRA terrorists. A single bullet entered his doorless Land Rover, striking him in the chest and resulting in his death. A natural leader and highly skilled in bush craft, this ranger with National Parks served his call-ups with the RAR.

    1977 – Cst Pearson CHIZENGWE (22), Uniform, BSAP, was killed in an ambush in the Honde Valley during a routine patrol out of Ruda base camp, Op Thrasher.

    1977 – DSA Peter KAHARI, Kp Prtn, Intaf, was killed on active service near Sipolilo, Op Hurricane.

    1978 – Tpr Roy (Robert?) John GODDING, 2 Cdo, 1st Bn RLI, died on active service.

    1978 – Pte M. NYANGANI, 6th Bn RR, died on active service.

    1978 – DSA James Amon VUMA, Kp Prtn, Intaf, was murdered by CTs. 

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

     

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    • March 22, 2017
    • Piet Fourie
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