Today, 26 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. 


26 Jul 1968: 66516303PE Candidate Officer Bruce Spafford Human from Central Flying School Dunnottar was killed when his AT-6 Harvard, Serial No. 7378 crashed near Balfour while on a routine general flying training flight. He was flying solo at the time of the accident. He was 19.

26 Jul 1973: 71224497BM Rifleman Joseph Petrus Hermanus Viviers from 3 SAI accidentally drowned while his patrol was crossing the Kavango River. His foot got stuck between rocks in deep water and by the time assistance arrived and he was freed, he had already drowned. He was 18.

26 Jul 1979: 73288854PE Corporal David Michael Muller from 2 Special Service Battalion died from injuries sustained in a military vehicle accident on the 23 July 1979 when his Landrover overturned approximately 8km from Jozini. He was 22.

26 Jul 1981: 81529000PN Lance Corporal Michael Steven Hadlow from 44 Parachute Regiment Pathfinder Company was Killed in Action during a contact with enemy forces in Southern Angola. He was 25.

26 Jul 1981: Two members from Jozini Military Base were killed when their military vehicle overturned near Jozini.

  • 78321718BG Corporal Rory Clyde Joliffe. He was 19.
  • 80891278HG Rifleman Samuel Matenjwa. He was 34.

26 Jul 1989: 86640760PE Private Johannes Gysbertus de Klerk from 16 Maintenance Unit was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident 15 km south of Tosca. He was 18.

26 Jul 1991: 90705880HG Rifleman Mohapi Petrus Mdakane from 21 Battalion was accidentally killed when he was run over by a Samil 20 in Lenz Base. He was 23.


26-Jul-78 Cst Hazwirambwi Chifodya SB - on attach BSAP KIA in a CT action in the operational area, at the age of 24.

26-Jul-72 Capt Gerrit Engela Ex 2 Cdo, I RLI SchInf DOAS Died in Bulawayo Central Hospital from heart failure. He was a WOII with RLI in 1964. Support Group 1 RLI mortar training specialist. Died aged 44..

26-Jul-74 Rfn James "Dougie" Evans 10th Bn RR DOAS Died in Que Que Hospital of chemical poisoning. He was 21 years old.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †  

  • July 26, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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