Today, 1 June, 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

01 Jun 1976: 72524143BA Lance Corporal Nolind Trevor Small from 4 SAI was killed just north of Grootfontein after he apparently suffered a seizure and blacked out while behind the wheel of the military Landrover he was driving. The vehicle left the road and collided with a water tower which collapsed on top of the vehicle. He was 19.

01 Jun 1977: 74251612BA Private Johannes Jurgens Lensley from 16 Maintenance Unit was killed after being struck by a bullet during a shooting incident at Grootfontein. He was 18.

01 Jun 1978: 71358170PE 2/Lieutenant Philip Michael Dietlof Mare’ from 6 Squadron was killed while on a routine training flight out of Air Force Base Port Elizabeth. The canopy hinge of his Atlas MB326M Impala Mk I, Serial No. 465 broke in flight resulting in the locking mechanism impacting his helmet and either rendering him unconscious, or killing him instantly. This incident occurred at approximately 11 000 above ground level and terminated with an almost vertical aircraft impact with the ground between Steytlerville and Uitenhage. He was 22.

01 Jun 1980: 76389527BG Rifleman Petrus Johannes Bonnet from 61 Mechanised Battalion died of severe chest and lung injuries sustained when the Buffel Troop Carrier in which he was traveling, overturned outside the 61 Mech Base in Tsumeb. Petrus was an orphan with no family and had been brought up by relatives. He was 19.

01 Jun 1980: Two members from 102 Battalion SWATF were killed when their Buffel Troop Carrier overturned in the Operational Area. They were:

  • 78977618HX Rifleman B. Herunga. He was 22
  • 78976131HX Rifeman J. Matundu. He was 20

01 Jun 1981: 76244718BG Rifleman Gavin John Harvey from “B” Company, 1 Parachute Battalion was severely wounded in the chest and lungs by shrapnel from a Yugoslavian M60P Pencil STRIM rifle grenade during follow-up operations against SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in conjunction with Koevoet Units on 22 May 1981. He was evacuated to the Hospital in Grootfontein where he was stabilised before being evacuated by air to 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria the following day. He unfortunately succumbed to his wounds in 1 Military Hospital on 01 June 1981. He was 21.

01 Jun 1982: 70548300PE Major Eugene Kotze SD, Station Pilot at Air Force Base Ondangwa was Killed in Action when his Atlas MB326KM Impala Mk II, Serial No. 1052 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire near Cuvelai in Southern Angola while carrying out close-air support operations. He has no known grave. He was 35. A small granite Memorial Tablet in his memory was placed at the War Memorial in Air Force Base Ondangwa. When the Base closed, the granite Memorial Tablet was moved to the SAAF Museum at Swartkop.

01 Jun 1982: 77397560BD Private Robert William Benjamin Ostram from the Air Force Command Post in Windhoek was critically injured on 29 May 1982 when he fell off the back of a moving vehicle in Windhoek. He succumbed to his injuries in the Windhoek State Hospital on 01 June 1982. He was 21.

01 Jun 1988: Two members from 101 Battalion SWATF were Killed in Action during a contact with enemy forces in Southern Angola. They were:

  • Rifleman G K Semba. He was 24
  • Rifleman J Savinga. He was 26

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1974 – Trooper Norman James MARTIN, C Squadron, SAS. Died in a vehicle accident on Hatfield Road, Salisbury. He was 20 years old.

1976 – Lance Corporal Alfonse MAKUMBE, 1st Battalion, RAR, killed on active service. Died from head injuries received in a vehicle accident in Gwelo, at the age of 19.

1976 – Superintendent Alexander Peter MOORES, Special Branch, died on active service. Died at his desk of a heart attack, aged 43. He was given a full military funeral at Warren Hills Cemetery, Salisbury, on 4 June.

1977 – Private M. CHINWAYI, Depot Rhodesian Regimen, killed on active service. Died in a vehicle accident.

1977 – Corporal Victor EDWARDS, Rhodesian Defence Regiment, died on active service.

1977 – Rifleman Gary Douglas SUMMERS, Signals Troop, 1 (Independent) Company, Rhodesia Regiment, killed on active service. Accidental death in the Binga district, Op Tangent. Gary had been acting as a radio relay on Mt Tundazi in the Siabuwa TTL, across the valley from the BSAP base. It was reported that a fire had started by accident, and whilst trying to put out the fire, Gary slipped and fell over the edge.

1978 – Guard N. CHINYIMO, Protected Village Protection Group, died on active service.

1978 – Guard FANI (not his surname), Protected Village Protection Group, KIA. This would almost certainly not have been his surname, but his first name - a not uncommon habit back then of clerical "errors." Sadly, we may never know his surname, which is so important in tracing our black soldier's tribal background.

1978 – Guard GEORGE (not his surname), Protected Village Protection Group, KIA.

1978 – Guard G. MANASA, Protected Village Protection Group, died on active service.

1978 – Guard S. MAPISE, Protected Village Protection Group, died on active service.

1978 – Guard D. MOYO, Protected Village Protection Group, died on active service.

1978 – Guard N. PFEREDZAI, Protected Village Protection Group, died on active service.

1978 – Guard H. PINGE, Protected Village Protection Group, died on active service.

1978 – Guard WILLIE (not his surname), Protected Village Protection Group, KIA.

1979 – Sergeant Francis Joseph BATCHELOR, died on active service.

1979 – Private Edison DAVID (not his surname), HQ 4 Brigade, KIA. Died of gunshot wounds in a CT action. 1979 – Field Reservist Gerald Norman "Gerry" GAZE, Police Reserve, BSAP, KIA. Killed in a contact whilst looking for a terrorist base camp on the boundary of Chobi section and Siyoka TTL, Gwanda/Beitbridge. districts. Buried at Mazunga.

1979 – Warrant Officer 2 Charles William "Charlie" HARRISON Rhodesian Corps of Engineers, killed on active service. Died as a result of injuries sustained when the army truck he was travelling in overturned on the Birchenough Bridge/Chipinga road.

1979 – Acting Corporal Abel HASANI, HQ, 4 Brigade, KIA. Died of gunshot wounds in a CT action. An alternative spelling of the surname might be "Hafani".

1979 – Rifleman Jans Johannes LEENDERT, Army, died on active service.

1979 – Paul LENTNER, KIA. Died of wounds received in an ambush.

1979 – Private Madimisa MAYATAME, HQ, 4 Brigade, KIA. Died of gunshot wounds received in a CT action. 1979 – Private Chokosi MOZICA, HQ, 4 Brigade, KIA. Died of gunshot wounds received in a CT action

1979 – Guard Steven SAMSON (not his surname), Protected Village Protection Group, Guard Force, died on active service.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • June 01, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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  • May 04, 2018
  • Gerald "Gerry" Lewis

Gerald Norman Gaze was married to my Auntie hence why I was named after him. My mother often tells me how much of a wonderful man he was, however, all contact was lost after his death. I am writing this as I have a photo album of my uncle Gerry and would like to return it to his family. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • March 17, 2020
  • paul gaze

hi gerry i am the nephew of gerry gaze please get in touch i live in the uk i may in touch with my cousin gerry was her dad

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