Today, 14 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. 

SOUTH AFRICAN BORDER WAR 

14 Aug 1980: Three members from 6 SAI were Killed in Action when their patrol was ambushed by a numerically superior force of SWAPO/PLAN insurgents near Eenhana. The casualties were:

  • 76235068PE Corporal Daniel Johannes Deyzel. He was 20. 
  • 76362920BG Lance Corporal Avril Jewaskiewitz. He was 19.
  • 75558049BG Rifleman Christoffel Jacobus Mijburgh. He was 20.

14 Aug 1981: 70459490BT Corporal Cecil Charles McAlister from Regiment Schoonspruit, was Killed in Action during an attack on their TB by SWAPO/PLAN insurgents near Opuwa in the Kaokoveld. He was in the process of getting out of his sleeping bag when a Yugoslavian M-60P1HE High Explosive Anti-Personnel Pencil HEAP STRIM Rifle Grenade exploded right next to him, killing him instantly. He was 27.

14 Aug 1981: 76527688PE Lance Corporal Wynand Spies from 5 Reconnaissance Regiment was Reported Missing in Action during operations in Southern Angola while acting as part of a 3-man rearguard protecting the evacuation of two wounded personnel after an attack. He was shot and presumably killed during this rear-guard action but owing to extremely heavy and concentrated enemy fire, his body could not be recovered. After prolonged political negotiations, his remains were eventually returned to South Africa three years later. He was 20.

14 Aug 1986: 80225667PE Sergeant Johannes Petrus Coetzer from 911 Battalion SWATF was killed in a private motor vehicle accident near Keetmanshoop. He was 22.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR 

14-Aug-74 Maj Ernest "Doomps" Addams HQ 2 Bde RR KIA by a terrorist hiding in a tree when deployed with Maj Peter Burford's B Coy - 1st Bn RAR - near Madziwa, Op Hurricane. A farmer (Hull Farm) from Odzi. Addams Barracks, the original home of 5 and 6(Indep) Coys were named after him. Late in 1979, the barracks became home to 3RAR. Died aged 45.

14-Aug-77 Act Cpl Christopher Hales Depot RR KIA in an ambush on the Solusi Road outside Bulawayo, Op Tangent, whilst visiting his girlfriend's farm.

14-Aug-77 Cst Alexander Manomano Uniform BSAP KOAS Died in a vehicle accident in the Chipinga area when the vehicle he was travelling in turned over. Aged 23.

14-Aug-79 FR Johannes Oostindien PR BSAP Mrd by terrorists , at the age of 43. A farmer from Macheke.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †  

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  • August 14, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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