Today, 28 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

28 May 1970: 68413343BA Private Bartholomeus Stephanus Diedericks from the Technical Service Corps was killed in a military vehicle accident. He was 18.

28 May 1978: 74287186BG Candidate Officer Stephanus Rudolph Strydom from the Infantry School Instructor Group was killed after being struck by a bullet resulting from an accidental discharge of a fellow soldier’s rifle while at Grootfontein. He was 20.

28 May 1979: Special Warrant Officer David Gabriel from the SWA Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops K Division (Koevoet) was driving from Ondangwa to Oshakati and gave a lift to a man who, unknown to him, was a member of SWAPO/PLAN. Halfway to Oshakati Warrant Gabriel stopped alongside the road to relieve himself, leaving his FN rifle in the vehicle with the passenger. The SWAPO/PLAN passenger took the rifle and shot him dead before successfully making his escape. He was 36.

28 May 1983: 79254371BG Lance Corporal Frank Pieter Leendert van der Bijl from 101 Field Workshops was killed after he accidentally fell under the wheels of a moving Samil truck. He was 20.

28 May 1984: 81307423BG Signaller Daniel Hendrik Klue from the South African Corps of Signals was killed in a military vehicle accident at Olifantshoek. He was 19.

28 May 1985: 74595992BC Lieutenant Michael Robert Borthwick from the Personnel Services Corps was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident on the Pietersburg Highway. He was 27.

28 May 1985: Two members from the SWA Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops K Division (Koevoet) were Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. They were:

  • W403850R Constable Johannes Jurgens Vos. He was 20.
  • Special Constable Frans Bajiyu. He was 24.

28 May 1986: 82581489BG Trooper Johann Pretorius from 1 Special Service Battalion was Killed in Action when his armoured car detonated a landmine near the Cut-line. He was 21

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1976 – Private Michael CHUONDA, 1st Battalion, RAR, killed on active service. Died in a vehicle accident on the main Salisbury/Bulawayo road. He was 25 years old and is buried in Gwelo Cemetery.

1978 – Private Leslie Dennis MAX, 1st Battalion, Rhodesia Defence Regiment, died on active service. Died of natural causes.

1978 – Private Peter Cecil Stanley PEARMAIN, Rhodesian Army Service Corps, died on active service. Died of natural causes, aged 40 years. Buried in the Athlone Cemetery, Bulawayo.

1978 – Private Peter PHILLIPS, 1st Battalion, Rhodesia Defence Regiment, died on active service. Died 19 years old. Buried in the Athlone Cemetery, Bulawayo. His headstone gives his date of death as 28 May.

1979 – Private I.K. DUNDEE, HQ, Rhodesian Intelligence Corps, died on active service. Died in a shooting incident.

1979 – Auxiliary Constable Mark Robson KARIBO, Police Reserve, BSAP, killed on active service. Died in tragic circumstances aged 20 years. His private funeral was held in Ft Victoria on 5 June.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • May 28, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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