Today, 3 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

03 June 1984: 81965410SP Rifleman Gabriel Kampanza from 203 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action in a Landmine Explosion in Northern Owamboland. He was 22.

03 Jun 1985: 83892414SW Rifleman Thomas Daniel from 101 Battalion SWATF was accidentally shot dead in a shooting incident in Northern Owamboland. He was 25.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1974 – District Assistant Sickten Hireen CHATYORA, Regular Intaf, died on active service. Died of malaria in Sipolilo Rural Hospital, aged 23 years. He is buried in Sipolilo TTL.

1975 – Officer Cadet (Pilot) Barry Maurice DELPORT, No 2 Squadron, Rhodesian Air Force, killed on active service. Killed in an air accident whilst flying a Vampire T55 R4223 near Gwelo. NS Officer Cadet Noel Smith, on night guard duty at the main gate to the School of Infantry, was an eyewitness to the tragedy. On the bitterly cold night, the circling aircraft provided welcome company as it flew training circuits over Gwelo. Noel, who was subsequently asked to provide an Air Force board of enquiry with a written statement, recalled how the light of the aircraft suddenly plummeted to the ground, exploding on impact. Cremated and interred at Warren Hills Cemetery, Salisbury.

1978 – Inspector Joseph Anthony ‘Tony’ DAWSON, E Troop, Support Unit, BSAP, KIA. Died aged 32 in a vehicle ambush in Mount Darwin district, Op Hurricane. His military funeral was held at Warren Hills Cemetery

1978 – Patrol Officer Roy Allan SWEMMER, Uniform BSAP, KIA. Killed in a contact in Buhera district, Op Thrasher, at the age of 19. His private funeral was held at Warren Hills Cemetery, Salisbury, on 8 June.

1979 – Major André DENNISON MLM, BCR, OC, A Coy, 2nd Bn RAR. Killed by friendly fire. Dennison and others were in the pub of the Zimbabwe Ruins Hotel when it came under CT attack. He reacted with two others from RAR and two from BSAP. One of the policemen heard a noise in front of him and opened fire, hitting Dennison. He was awarded the BCR, as a result of his actions in a contact in October 1978. Despite having a shattered femur and bleeding heavily, he refused to be casevaced and continued to direct the fight. His bravery and dedication was far beyond the normal call of duty. André was also a recipient of the MFC (Ops), awarded for dragging a wounded comrade, under heavy fire, out of a cave where a CT had established himself.

1979 – Lance Section Officer Vaughan WHITEHEAD-WILSON, Support Unit, BSAP, KIA. Killed in a contact on the road between Shamrock Mine and Karoi at the age of 23. A contact with a Support Unit call sign developed with the call sign requesting back up. Vaughan and others trucked in further call signs and it was at this time that he was shot and killed. It was to be his last day before he returned to HQ to be demobbed. His semi-military funeral was held in Bulawayo on 7 June.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • June 03, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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