Today, 25 July, we salute and honor the following men 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 Jul 1982: 82722992D Rifleman M.J.J. Mahlio from 113 Battalion died from a gunshot wound accidentally sustained while stationed at Phalaborwa. He was 26.

25 Jul 1983: Special Sergeant Leonard Mattheus from the SWA Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops K Division (Koevoet) was the Driver of Koevoet Casspir Zulu Foxtrot 2 and was Killed in Action when his vehicle was hit by a Soviet RPG-7 Anti-Tank Rocket after the vehicle ran into a PLAN ambush just North of Okatopi. He was 26.

25 Jul 1987: 67412759PE Flight Sergeant Hendrik Andries Prinsloo Engelbrecht from Air Force Base Rooikop was critically injured on 22 July 1987 when he accidentally fell off the backing of a moving Landrover while returning from Swakopmund. He succumbed to his injuries in Walvis Bay on 25 July 1987. He was 35.

25 Jul 1987: 83366047BG Private Cornelius Johannes Kriel from 93 Ammunition Depot was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident at Jan Kempdorp. He was 21

25 Jul 1994: 87246371PE Rifleman Domingos Jose from 32 Battalion was killed in a military vehicle accident in Kimberley. He was 34.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR 

25-Jul-76 Rfn Stephen Byrne C Coy, 10th Bn RR KOAS in a shooting accident at Kotwa Base Camp. A fellow soldier was cleaning his weapon when he had an accidental discharge which also wounded a sergeant major. The accident was blamed on a lack of retraining of a soldier recalled to active service long after completing NS. Died aged 20.

25-Jul-76 Cst Samson Chiri Uniform BSAP Mrd Abducted and murdered in the Mutasa South TTL, Op Thrasher, aged 31. Samson disappeared whilst on leave at his rural home in July 1976. His body was found on 9 September, but identification was only confirmed in December. It was subsequently established that he had been abducted and murdered by CTs. On the original Death Notice, the actual day in July and cause of death are given as "unknown."

25-Jul-78 Tpr Morris Sher A Sqn G/Scts KOAS Died from a gunshot wound.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †  

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  • July 25, 2016
  • Piet Fourie
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