Today, 27 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.

SOUTH AFRICAN BORDER WAR

27 April 1984: 79350286BG Corporal Reginald Patrick Briggs from 1 SWA SPES Unit, SWATF was critically injured when his Buffel Troop Carrier was involved in a collision with civilian vehicle on the Ondangwa-Oshivello road causing the Buffel to overturn. He was immediately evacuated to the Ondangwa hospital where he unfortunately died from severe internal injuries and internal bleeding. He was 20.

27 April 1984: 78417383BG Rifleman Glen Scott Maitland Clark from 5 SAI contracted malaria while on operations in South Eastern Angola and was admitted to the Rundu Sickbay where he unfortunately died. He was 21.

27 April 1987: Special Constable Stefanus Willem Kanghende from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops-K Division (Koevoet) was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN Insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 28.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1971 – Trooper George David MEYER, Support Group, 1st Battalion, RLI, KIA. Killed by a landmine in Mozambique, just across the Mukumbura River, Mt Darwin district, aged 26 years. There were six soldiers of the RLI travelling in a Ford 250 truck when the landmine detonated under the left rear wheel. Corporal Trevor Wentzel was also killed, and Lance Corporal Len Moorcroft died from his injuries in hospital the following day. Sergeant Gough and Troopers Hallows and Wigg survived the explosion. Buried in Warren Hills, Salisbury. Source: Death Notice and Peter Stiff's Taming the Landmine.

1971 – Corporal Trevor Henry Clifford “Bok” WENTZEL, Support Group, 1st Battalion, RLI, KIA. Killed by a landmine in Mozambique, just across the Mukumbura River, Mt Darwin district, aged 26 years. There were six soldiers of the RLI travelling in a Ford 250 truck when the landmine detonated under the left rear wheel. Trooper George David Meyer was also killed, and Lance Corporal Len Moorcroft died from his injuries in hospital the following day. Sergeant Gough and Troopers Hallows and Wigg survived the explosion. Buried in Warren Hills, Salisbury.

1972 – Private Elton MUSABAYANE, 1st Battalion, RAR, died on active service. Died in Bulawayo of septicaemia. He was 18 years old and is buried in Bulawayo.

1978 – Private Godfrey CHIBAMBA, B Company, 1st Battalion, Rhodesia Regiment, KIA. Killed in a contact.

1978 – Rifleman Godfrey Kenneth HUSSEY, 4 (Independent) Company, RAR, killed on active service. Died in a vehicle accident near Milibizi, Op Tangent.

1979 – Vedette Paul Francois MEYER, NS Ech, Intaf, killed on active service. Died aged 17 years. Buried at Warren Hills Cemetery, Harare.

1979 – Constable Felix Chingozha PASIPAMIRE, Uniform BSAP, KIA. Killed in a CT action, Op Tangent, at the age of 24. His semi-military funeral was held at Warren Hills Cemetery, Salisbury, on 7 May.

1979 – Sergeant J. SCHOEMAN, Rhodesian Air Force, died on active service.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • April 27, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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