Today, 11 May, 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.


11 May 1966: 01504919R Lieutenant Ian Pieter Roos from 1 Squadron was killed when his Canadair CL13B Sabre, Serial No. 357 crashed near Waterkloof during a routine general flying training flight. He was 21.

11 May 1978: 73310047BC Private Pieter Benade from 84 Technical Stores Depot was killed in a military motor vehicle accident at Grahamstown. He was 20.

11 May 1982: 79323440BG Rifleman Jaques Samuae Du Preez from the Army Intelligence Corps was Killed in Action during an attack on the "Kanjimi Marenga" school where he was serving as a teacher. The school was situated near the police base at Nkurenkuru, West of Rundu. The teacher’s quarters where Jacques and four other National Servicemen were housed, together with the Principal's house next door were specifically targeted by the insurgents. The military base, situated 1km from the school and the School at Tondoro were also attacked during this raid. Jacques was killed instantly when a Soviet F1 hand grenade was lobbed through a window and landed on top of him where it exploded. He was 19.

11 May 1982: 80871239SC Corporal Don Stoffel Olyn from 911 Battalion SWATF was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned during a patrol in the Etosha Pan. He was 18.

11 May 1985: 82596321BG Corporal Mark Anthony Pond from 905 Special Services Company was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Southern Angola. During the contact, a wounded insurgent had crawled under a dead tree trunk and opened fire on Mark at a range of approximately 5 metres, mortally wounding him in the chest. Despite every effort made to save him, he succumbed to his wounds before the casevac helicopter arrived. He was 22.

11 May 1986 Three members from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops K Division (Koevoet) were Killed in Action during a fierce contact with heavily armed PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland when their Z5S Casspir was hit by a Soviet RPG-7 Anti-Tank Rocket. The casualties were:

  • W89397P Constable Ignatius Francois van Zyl. He was 25.
  • Special Constable Simeon Shindele. He was 25.
  • Special Constable Simon Toivo. He was 24


1971 – Trooper Bertie VISSER, 2 Commando, 1st Battalion, RLI, killed on active service. Died in a vehicle accident, Kanyemba, Sipolilo, at the age of 18. Buried at Warren Hills, Salisbury.

1977 – Private Frank Gabriel WARD, 2 Protection Company, RHU, Rhodesia Defence Regiment, killed on active service. Killed when a fellow soldier had an accidental discharge with his weapon, shooting Frank in the hip. He was casevaced to Rutenga before being flown to either Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo or Gwelo Central Hospital. He died two weeks later from the wound.

1978 – District Security Assistant, July MPOFU, Keep Protection, Intaf, died on active service.

1978 – Trooper Andrew Irvine "Andy" "Ziets" ZIETSMAN, 1 Commando, 1st Battalion, RLI, KIA. Died from wounds received in action.

1979 – Private Richard BARNABAS, 1 RHU, Rhodesia Defence Regiment, KIA. Killed in a landmine explosion. Buried in the Warren Hills Cemetery, Salisbury. His headstone is inscribed 'Killed in Action'. See also H. Naison.

1979 – Corporal Hank NAISON, 1 RHU, Rhodesia Defence Regiment, KIA. Killed in a landmine explosion. See also R Barnabas.

1979 – Patrol Officer, Steven NEEDHAM, GC, BSAP, KIA. Killed in a vehicle ambush between Devure Bridge and Birchenough Bridge, Op Repulse, when a rocket hit the convoy escort vehicle he was travelling in. He was on his way to Umtali on R&R. He was 22 years old. His semi-military funeral was held at Inyazura on 16 May.

1979 – Guard Chemunhu KANYOKA , RHQ Charlie, Op Repulse, Guard Force, died on active service.

1979 – Private Teddy Thomas LANGTON, Squadron, Rhodesian Armoured Car Regiment, KIA. Killed in a landmine explosion.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • May 11, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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