Today, 22 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 

22 Aug 1971: Flying Officer (Pilot) Barrington John Heard from South Africa was serving in the Rhodesian Air Force and based at Thornhill Barracks. He was accidentally killed after suffering multiple injuries in a motor vehicle accident at Guinea Fowl near Gwelo. He was 23.

22 Aug 1979: 77568707BG Rifleman Barend Gabriel Bester from 1 SAI died of wounds in 3 Military Hospital in Bloemfontein after being struck in the chest by a piece of shrapnel in an accidental hand grenade explosion at the General De Wet Training Range. He was 19.

22 Aug 1980: Two members from 4 SAI were Killed in Action when their Section was ambushed by SWAPO/PLAN insurgents between Eenhana and Oshigambo whilst sweeping the road for landmines. They were in the 81mm mortar platoon on convoy protection duties between Oshikati and Eenhana at the time. Their group was coming from Eenhana and heading towards Oshigambo.

  • 77507853BG Rifleman Pieter Jacobus De Beer. He was 19
  • 77487544BG Rifleman Andries Petrus Wiese. He was 19

22 Aug 1984: 79416400BG Private Udo Louis Gevers from the South African Intelligence Corps attached to Sector 20 Headquarters was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned in Kavangoland. He was 20.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR 

22-Aug-67 Lt Nicholas "Nick" Smith 1 Pltn, A Coy, 1st Bn RAR KIA Died of gunshot wounds received in a contact in Tjolotjo TTL (MJ630070), North Matabeleland, Op Nickel. He was based at Metheun Barracks. Nick was 23 years old.

22-Aug-67 WO2 Havahli Timitiya 1 Pltn, A Coy, 1st Bn RAR KIA Died of gunshot wounds received in a contact in Tjolotjo TTL (MJ630070), North Matabeleland, Op Nickel. He was standing behind a tree firing an MAG when hit. Lt Nick Smith, A Coy OC, was killed in the same contact moments later when he came across to Timitayi. Based at Metheun Barracks, he was 42 years old.

22-Aug-71 Pilot Barrington Heard Thornhill RhAF KOAS Died from multiple injuries sustained in a road accident at Guinea Fowl near Gwelo. He was 23 years old.

22-Aug-71 SAC Michael Sheasby Thornhill RhAF KOAS Died from multiple injuries sustained in a road accident on the Gwelo/Selukwe road. He was 21 years old.

22-Aug-73 Tpr Joao Mendes C Sqn SAS KIA by a landmine in the Tete Province, Mozambique. Died aged 18.

22-Aug-74 Cpl Gary Lloyd 3(Indp) Coy RR KIA Killed by a landmine on the Bveke-Mukumbura loop road, Kandeya TTL, Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane (US688695). Died aged 18. See also Walter Partridge and Michael Plant who died the following day.

22-Aug-74 L/Cpl Walter Partridge 3(Indp) Coy RR KIA by a landmine on the Bveke-Mukumbura loop road, Kandeya TTL, Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane (US688695), at the age of 19. See also Gary Lloyd and Michael Plant who died the following day.

22-Aug-77 DSA K Pasipanoda Kp Prtn Intaf DOAS

22-Aug-78 DSA Johannes Tarugarira Kp Prtn Intaf DOAS

22-Aug-78 Pte Christopher Tazvivinga D Coy, 9th Bn RR DOAS

22-Aug-80 Cst Wellington Dzorwa SU BSAP (ZRP) DOAS Killed in a road accident in the Mashaba area.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †  

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  • August 22, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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