Today, 9 April, 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.


09 April 1965: P/52899 Lance Corporal Johannes Burger from the South African Corps of Military Police was killed at Fochville when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a civilian motor vehicle while he was doing military convoy duty. He was 33.

09 April 1969: 63310791E Candidate Officer Marthinus Jacobus Hendrik Krugel from 4 Squadron was killed when his AT-6 Harvard, Serial No. 7211 crashed near Leslie during a routine general flying training flight. His aircraft went into a spin from which he was unable to recover before the aircraft struck the ground. He was 22.

09 April 1976: 70442538BT Corporal Michael Barnett from the 2nd Battalion Regiment Bloemspruit, was killed when the bus he was driving was involved in a head-on collision with a civilian vehicle approximately 100km from Grootfontein. He was transporting school children from Grootfontein back to Rundu at the time of the accident. He was 22.

09 April 1977: 72452550BA Rifleman Graham Werner Hempstead from 8 SAI was killed in a military vehicle accident in Northern Owamboland. He was 20.

09 April 1978: 73442204PE Candidate Officer Fred Johan Forster from 1 Reconnaissance Regiment was accidentally shot and killed at Katima Mulilo while participating in a "live fire" shooting exercise. He was 20.

09 April 1981: 77422806BG Private Jacob Johannes Kotze from 61 Mechanised Battalion Group was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned at Tsumeb. He was 19.

09 April 1984: 82831108SCC Trooper Jacobus Francois Engels from 202 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents. He was 19.

09 April 1984: 05153481 Warrant Officer Class I Carlos Fernandes Roza from the Personnel Service Corps attached to 32 Battalion, died at Rundu after contracting pneumonia. He was 53.

09 April 1987: 75362004BT Corporal Charles Pierre Du Plessis from Walvis Bay Command was accidentally killed when he was crushed between two vehicles at Walvis Bay. He was 27.


    1972 – Lieutenant Albert Knight TOURLE BCR, 2 (Independent) Company, Rhodesia Regiment, killed on active service. Attacked by a lion in Bumi, Kariba, at the age of 32, whilst camped on the shores of Lake Kariba. A lioness appeared out of the darkness and attacked Al, biting him in the neck. The lioness disappeared into the dark but, before the men could grab their weapons, the lioness returned for another attack, before retreating again into the night. Al died later from his injuries but, his comrades did manage to get him to a doctor before he died. His BCR citation states that it was for gallantry and leadership in action. Despite a faulty radio in a contact, he still managed to direct his troops, accounting for 6 CTs himself. He showed complete disregard for his own safety under conditions of extreme danger.

    1976 – Corporal Henry James ABRAMS, 10th Battalion, Rhodesia Regiment, KIA. Killed by a landmine. Buried in the Zvishavane Main Cemetery.

    1976 – Sergeant Major Jaiseri TAFIREYI, Support Unit, BSAP, KIA. Died from a gunshot wound to the head in a vehicle ambush in Kandeya TTL, Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane, at the age of 43. His full military funeral took place in Chilimanzi on 15 April.

    1977 – Trooper Edgar Stephen L. "Eddie" WARNICK, Support Commando, 1st Battalion, RLI, KIA. Died from gunshot wounds received in a contact. Eddie was on life support in Andrew Fleming Hospital for about a week, but his chances of recovery were remote, so the decision was taken to terminate support.

    1978 – Private Aleck NKIWANE, A Company, 4th Battalion, Rhodesia Regiment, died on active service aged 17. Buried in Lady Stanley Cemetery, Bulawayo. His surname on his headstone is spelt MIKIWANE.

    1978 – Patrol Officer Graham Charles STRETTON, Licence Inspectorate, BSAP, killed on active service. Died in tragic circumstances at the home of his girlfriend in Gwelo, aged 22 years. His private funeral was held at Warren Hills Cemetery, Salisbury, on 12 April.

    1979 – Private Patrick NCUBE, C Company, 1st Battalion, RAR, killed on active service. Killed in a CT action.                                                          

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

    • April 09, 2019
    • Piet Fourie
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