Today, 29 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.


29 April 1978: Two members from 5 Reconnaissance Regiment were accidentally killed at Fort Rev, the Special Forces at Air Force Base Ondangwa, when an explosive device they were preparing for an external operation, detonated prematurely. A piece of wood dislodged by the explosion, hit Corporal Eayrs on the temple and although he actually replied to his 2IC after the explosion as to his condition, he soon lost consciousness and died shortly thereafter. The two casualties in this unfortunate incident were:

  • 05251004PE Warrant Officer Class 1 Johannes Lambertus Conradie HC VRM. He was 34.
  • 71312235PE Corporal Cecil James Eayrs. He was 23.

29 April 1980: 78120854PD Rifleman S.D. Ernesto from 5 Recce Regiment was Killed in Action during a contact with enemy forces while on operations in Southern Angola. He was 25.

29 April 1980: 76301712BG Rifleman Albertus Johannes Oosthuizen from 1 SAI was killed in a military vehicle accident in Bloemfontein. He was 19.

29 April 1983: 82579855BG Rifleman Tjaart Jacobs from 6 SAI was accidentally killed when a bunker wall collapsed on top of him. He was 20.

29 April 1984: Rifleman Antonio Paulus from 101 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents. He was 26.

29 April 1987: 84210426BG Lance Corporal Paul Douglas Elliot Hayes from the South African Medical Services College, was killed in a private motor vehicle accident. He was 20.


1969 – Warrant Officer II Alick PITTAWAY, Rhodesian Air Force, killed on active service. Died in Salisbury General Hospital from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was 46 years old and is buried at Warren Hills, Salisbury.

1975 – Field Reservist Colin Andrew Shaw YOUNG, Police Reserve, BSAP, KIA. Killed aged 42 in an encounter with a terrorist in an ambush at Chimanimani, Op Thrasher. Colin was a member of a stick of reservists that had been called out to react to a cash robbery from a Melsetter Council vehicle at Skyline Junction. They waited in ambush in the mountains on a path they believed the gang would take. A contact occurred in which Young was shot and killed. Colin's semi-military funeral was held in Melsetter on 2 May.

1977 – Rifleman William John "Billy" MATTHEE, 1st Battalion, Rhodesia Regiment, KIA. Killed in a contact in Mtoko, Op Hurricane, from a bullet wound to the femoral artery.

1978 – Private Whiteson MORRISON, P Company, 2nd Battalion, Rhodesia Defence Regiment, died on active service aged 22. Buried in the Athlone Cemetery, Bulawayo. His headstone gives his date of death as 29 April 1978 and first name as Whiteson.

1979 – Guard Ruwayi MUKANDIONA, 9 Group, Protected Village Protection Group, Guard Force, Mount Darwin, died on active service.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • April 29, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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