Today, 28 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

28 April 1975: 72406564N Signaler Josef Jacobus Mare’ from 2 Signal Regiment was killed in a military vehicle accident. He was 18.

28 April 1982: 80566458BG Corporal Marcus Anthony Harris-Dewey from 701 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents. He was 20.

28 April 1984: 80325731BG Rifleman Phillip Fourie van Vuuren from 4 SAI was accidentally killed outside Amsterdam when Ratel 22C drove into the rear of Ratel 22B in conditions of extremely poor visibility during a sandstorm. The vehicles were busy patrolling the road to Piet Retief when they were forced to pull off the road and that is when the accident occurred. He was 19.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1971 – Lance Corporal Leonard William Henry “Len” MOORCROFT, Support Group, 1st Battalion, RLI, KIA. Died in Salisbury Central Hospital, aged 24 years, from injuries received (the previous day) in a landmine explosion in Mozambique, just across the Mukumbura River, Mt Darwin district. There were six soldiers of the RLI travelling in a Ford 250 truck when the landmine detonated under the left rear wheel. With limited space on the helicopter, Len was first taken to the American-run Mavuradonha Mission, and from there casevaced by Dakota to Salisbury. Len had been wearing his wife's watch at the time, but this was blown off by the explosion. That night he kept asking his comrades to try and find it for him. Trooper George Meyer and Corporal Trevor Wentzel were killed the previous day by the same landmine explosion. Sergeant Gough and Troopers Hallows and Wigg survived the explosion. Buried at Warren Hills, Salisbury.

1975 – Lance Corporal Fanwell MUCHENJE, Troop, Selous Scouts, KIA. Died aged 23 from gunshot wounds, Mukumbura, Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane. Buried in Karoi. Corporal Muchenje, Troopers Musafare and Pakayi, and Constables Muchechwa and Zaranyika were all shot dead in their sleep by a turned CT who was on sentry duty.

1975 – Constable Maxwell MUCHICHWA, Special Branch, attached to Selous Scouts, KIA. Died aged 26 from gunshot wounds, Mukumbura, Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane. Buried in Odzi. Corporal Muchenje, Troopers Musafare and Pakayi, and Constables Muchechwa and Zaranyika were all shot dead in their sleep by a turned CT who was on sentry duty. Maxwell is listed on the Selous Scouts Roll of Honour, but with a date of death of 29 April. The official Death Notice records the date as the 28th.

1975 – Trooper Edward MUSAFARE, Troop, Selous Scouts, KIA. Died aged 24 from gunshot wounds, Mukumbura, Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane. Buried in Kadoma. Corporal Muchenje, Troopers Musafare and Pakayi, and Constables Muchechwa and Zaranyika were all shot dead in their sleep by a turned CT who was on sentry duty.

1975 – Trooper Israel Philemon PAKAYI, Selous Scouts, KIA. Died aged 20 from gunshot wounds, Mukumbura, Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane. Buried in Charter. Corporal Muchenje, Troopers Musafare and Pakayi, and Constables Muchechwa and Zaranyika were all shot dead in their sleep by a turned CT who was on sentry duty.

1975 – Constable Francis ZARANYIKA, Special Branch, attached to Selous Scouts, KIA. Died aged 22 from gunshot wounds, Mukumbura, Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane. Corporal Muchenje, Troopers Musafare and Pakayi, and Constables Muchechwa and Zaranyika were all shot dead in their sleep by a turned CT who was on sentry duty. Francis is listed on the Selous Scouts Roll of Honour, but with a date of death of 29 April. The official Death Notice records the date as the 28th.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • April 28, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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