Today, 4 August, 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. 


04 Aug 1972: 70225503N Signaler Victor Donald Devenish from 23 Squadron, 2 Signals Regiment was accidentally killed in a Military Vehicle Accident at Binga in Rhodesia while deployed there during Ops Falcon (Clandestine Electronic Warfare Deployment). He was 18.

04 August 1978: 74510215BG Corporal Barend Phillippus Hendrikis Du Plessis from the South African Air Force died in H.F. Verwoerd Hospital in Pretoria from injuries sustained in a private motor cycle accident. He was 21.

04 Aug 1987: 85633006BG Private Francois du Preez Smit from the Provost School was killed in a military vehicle accident at the Far North Command Headquarters Unit in Pietersburg. He was 18.

04 Aug 1988: 79571923PE Staff Sergeant Marius Horn from 5 SAI was accidentally killed near Eshowe. The SAMIL in which he was travelling in convoy, stopped near Eshowe for a water break. Staff Horn was sitting in passenger seat and while troops were disembarking, the vehicle started sliding down the embankment. A fence post went through the vehicle door and impaled him to his seat, killing him instantly. He was 27.

04 Aug 1990: 89611768BG Lance Corporal Craig Adrian Maguire from the Army Battle School died from a gunshot wound accidentally sustained in the Army Battle School training area. He was 21


04-Aug-72 Air Sub-Lt - Plt David Brown No 2 Sqn RhAF KOAS Killed in an air accident when flying a Vampire T11 R4222, seven miles from Gwelo on the Mvuma Road, near Thornhill Air Base. He was 21 years old.

04-Aug-75 DA Teddy Nyamayaro Regular Intaf Mrd Died from gunshot wounds at the hands of CTs, Guyu CV, Maramba TTL, Mrewa, Op Hurricane. He was 60 years old.

04-Aug-77 Ext Asst Bevan Takonde ADF Intaf Mrd by CTs. 

04-Aug-79 L/Cpl William "Barry" Callaghan 1st Bn RDR KOAS in an accidental explosion at Inkomo Barracks. See also L/Cpl A.C. Lees who was killed in the same incident.

04-Aug-79 Pte Elvis Jack 1st Bn RDR DOAS Died aged 22.

04-Aug-79 Pte Alan "Slagar" Lees 1st Bn RDR KOAS Killed in an accidental explosion at Inkomo Barracks.. See also Pte W.B. Callaghan who was killed in the same incident.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †   

  • August 04, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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