Today, 25 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 

25 Aug 1966: Candidate Officer G.A.K. Howson from 41 Squadron was killed when his Cessna 185D, Serial No. 744 crashed near Krugersdorp. He was 23

25 Aug 1976: 76080159PG Sergeant José Correia Pinto Ribeiro from 1 Reconnaissance Regiment was killed in a military vehicle accident while evacuating battle casualties to a hospital in South West Africa. He was 27.

25 Aug 1981: One member from 17 Squadron and one member from 87 Helicopter Flying School were Killed in Action when their Alouette III Helicopter Gunship, Serial No. 48 was shot down by a Soviet PG-7 Anti-Tank rocket during operations in Southern Angola just prior to Ops Protea in Angola. The crew were:

  • 73348260PM Lieutenant Johannes Gysbertus Roos (17 Squadron). He was 24.
  • 75540740PE Sergeant Clifton Stacey (87 Helicopter Flying School). He was 21.

25 Aug 1981: 69333946PE Captain Louis Harmse from 1 SAI was Killed in Action during Ops Protea in Southern Angola during enemy bunker clearing operations. He jumped down into an enemy trench, pulled the pin from a hand grenade and as he was about to toss the grenade into the bunker, a PLAN insurgent hiding inside bunker shot him in the chest. He dropped the grenade and fell dead into the bunker where the grenade exploded. He was 27.

25 Aug 1981: 77411569BG Lance Bombardier Hendrik Abraham Johannes Grobler from 4 Field Regiment was Killed in Action in Southern Angola during Ops Protea. During mopping up operations in the town of Xangongo, he and a few other troops were ordered to clear the houses around Fort Rocades of any FAPLA troops. While in one of the rooms, he pulled a suitcase out from under a bed which was booby trapped and it exploded. Lionel Fleming was in the room with him and carried him into the passage where he died. Two others were wounded in the blast. He was 20.

25 Aug 1988: 84535194BG Trooper Owen Leon Wolfaardt from 1 Special Service Battalion was killed when his armoured car overturned during an exercise at the General de Wet Training Area. He was 20.

25 Aug 1988: Special Constable Tsaanda Mbunguha from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops K (Koevoet) was Killed in Action during a contact with PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 27.

25 Aug 1989: 85337756BG Signaller Andre’ Rousseau from 2 Signals Regiment died in the Klerksdorp Hospital from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident at Sannieshof. He was 20.

25 Aug 1991: 90704834HJ Rifleman Ambros Nljanyana Sekonjela from 21 Battalion was shot dead at Mandelaview during a riot-related incident while on patrol in Katlehong. He was 21.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR 

25-Aug-76 DA Peter Gorojena Regular Intaf KIA Died from multiple gunshot wounds, Mazarabani PV, Centenary, Op Hurricane. He was 20 years old.

25-Aug-76 Pte Yusuf Mahomed 1 RHU RDR KIA Died in Andrew Fleming Hospital, Salisbury, from a gunshot wound sustained in a contact. He was 23 years old.

25-Aug-78 Spr Louis Ncube 3 Sqn RhE KOAS Killed in an accidental explosion, aged 18.

25-Aug-78 DSA Dominic Ndlovu Kp Prtn Intaf DOAS

25-Aug-80 Cdt Anthony "Tony" Templemore-Walters NS Intaf KIA Died in Andrew Fleming Hospital, as a result of medical complications from a gunshot wound received in a vehicle ambush in the Mt Darwin area four years earlier on 9 April 1976. He was wounded on his 19th birthday. He was in a convoy with police when the ambush took place, and from there Tony was casevaced to Karanda Mission. DA N Kamaka and S Maj J Tafireyi were killed in the ambush. Tony was subsequently hospitalised on several occasions, but never recovered from the wound. At the time of his death Tony was serving an apprenticeship in moulding and pattern making, winning best apprentice at his college. In a letter of condolence to Tony's mother, Secretary for District Administration, Dennis Connolly, wrote that Tony was a "highly respected member of Intaf's National Service Unit".

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †  

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  • August 25, 2016
  • Piet Fourie
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