Today, 25 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.

SOUTH AFRICAN BORDER WAR

25 May 1977: 65778532BV Sergeant William Henry Bernard Gildenhuys HC (P) from the Cape Town Highlanders was killed after suffering multiple shrapnel wounds while detached to Alpha Company, 1 Parachute Battalion for special duties. During an anti-insurgent patrol with 1 Parachute Battalion to the rear of the Cape Town Highlander's position and north-east of Ondangwa where mining of vehicle tracks had become a common feature, he was killed during an extremely gallant attempt to save others when saw the safety pin being accidentally extracted from a soldiers rifle-grenade by a thorn bush. He rushed forward, grabbed the rifle and tried to fire off the grenade to prevent injuries to the other soldiers in the patrol but the rifle grenade exploded before he could do this. Rifleman F.E. Eksteen, W.R. Hamber, R.J. Schonken and A.J. Rohlandt were all injured in the explosion. Sergeant Gildenhuys was posthumously awarded the Honoris Crux for his gallant action that ultimately cost him his life. He was 28.

25 May 1981: Special Warrant Officer Antonio Chiwale 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

25 May 1982: 78398914BG Rifleman Daniel de Klerk from 4 SAI was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents. He was 19.

25 May 1982: 77489201BG Private Wayne Peter Lourens from 86 Technical Stores Depot went for dental treatment in Bloemfontein. After receiving a dental injection, he suddenly lapsed into a coma and was rushed to hospital where he later died. He was 21.

25 May 1982: Three members from 202 Battalion SWATF were Killed in Action during a contact with enemy Forces in Southern Angola. They were:

  • 82901869SWK Rifleman G. Muronga. He was 24.
  • 82911686SWK Rifleman A.H. Kudumo. He was 25.
  • 78932084HK Rifleman L. Kudumo. He was 26.

25 May 1983: Sergeant Alberto Costa 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 25.

25 May 1984: 78571882BT Rifleman Craig Rudolph Olivier from the Durban Light Infantry died in 1 Military Hospital after being critically injured in a military vehicle accident. He was 22.

25 May 1987: Two members from 111 Battalion were killed in a military vehicle accident on the Carolina Road approximately 30 km from Amsterdam. They were:

  • 86745999HF Rifleman Menzie Albert Moyo. He was 22
  • 86745833HF Rifleman Passport Johannes Zulu. He was 21

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1975 – Aircraft Fitter Thomas Albert Mark SMALL, No. 4 Squadron, Rhodesian Air Force, killed on active service. Died in a vehicle accident on the Umvuma road next to the Thornhill Air Base runway. He was 21 years old, and was born in South Africa. He was buried at Warren Hills Cemetery, Salisbury.

1978 – National Service Patrol Officer Albert Alan HESS, Special Branch, BSAP, KIA. Killed aged 20 in an ambush in the Umfuli TTL, Lomagundi district, Op Hurricane. His semi-military funeral was held in Karoi on 27 May.

1978 – Sergeant Canisious Mathews HUTE, Uniform BSAP, died on active service. Died of medical complications in Salisbury Hospital, aged 35 years. His private funeral was held in the Enkeldoorn district on 27 May.

1979 – Trooper Simon GORIATH (not his surname), Selous Scouts, KIA. Killed in a CT action.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • May 25, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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