Today, 15 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 

15 Aug 1973: 68091503N Leading Seaman Ivan William Kearns from SAS Protea was critically injured near Bredasdorp on 10 August 1973 when a Land Rover, driven by 65942179E Leading Seaman Hendrik van der Merwe, also from SAS Protea, overturned when the driver lost control of the vehicle while driving on a section of road that was under construction. He was 26. Leading Seaman van der Merwe was killed instantly in the accident.

15 Aug 1973: 71314264N Rifleman Mark Cornelius van Heerden from 1 SAI died at Potchefstroom after contracting meningitis while on his way to participate in a military exercise in Gazankulu. He was 18.

15 Aug 1979: 69216158BT Sergeant Barend Cornelius Roux from the Regiment De Wet, attached to 53 Battalion was Killed in Action in Southern Angola when his patrol was ambushed by a numerically superior force of SWAPO/PLAN insurgents just North of Oshigambo. He was 26.

15 Aug 1981: Rifleman Melato Chamba from 201 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action when his patrol was ambushed by a numerically superior enemy force in Southern Angola. He was 24.

15 Aug 1988: 83383128BT Rifleman Brink Stander from 1 SAI was killed in a private motor vehicle accident on the Brandfort to Bloemfontein Road while he was on a weekend pass. He was 31.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR 

15-Aug-76 PO Peter Britland Uniform BSAP KIA Died from shrapnel wounds in a mortar attack, Nyamapanda Police Camp, Mudzi district, Op Hurricane. Died aged 19. In the early hours of that Sunday, the Camp came under an unprovoked but planned attack by elements of the Mozambique Army from within Rhodesia.

15-Aug-76 Cst Gift Muduve SU BSAP KIA Killed in a mortar attack on Nyamapanda Police Camp, Mudzi district, Op Hurricane. Died aged 20. In the early hours of that Sunday, the camp came under an unprovoked but planned attack by elements of the Mozambique Army from within Rhodesia.

15-Aug-77 DSA Jonart Sibanda Kp Prtn Intaf DOAS

15-Aug-78 FR Kenneth Cremer PR BSAP DOAS Collapsed whilst on active duty in one of the operational areas. Died aged 51 years.

15-Aug-79 DSA Taengwa (Barnabas?) Chinyama Kp Prtn Intaf DOAS

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †  

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  • August 15, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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