Today, 30 August, we salute and honor the following men & woman 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 

30 Aug 1965: 78266616PE Lieutenant Heinrich William Brauckman from 4 Reconnaissance Regiment was killed in a private vehicle accident at Langebaan. He was 23.

30 Aug 1977: 73482630BC Corporal Johannes Jacobus Basson from Regiment Mooi River Died of Wounds after being grievously burned during a mortar bomb attack by SWAPO/PLAN insurgents near Etale Base. He was 19.

30 Aug 1978: 74462342BG Rifleman Howard D’Arcy Remmington from Infantry School was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned near Oshivello during a night pursuit of SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in the Tsumeb area. He was 20.

30 Aug 1978: 75545939BG Rifleman Jacobus Paulus Jansen from Infantry School was killed in a private motor vehicle accident in Oudtshoorn when his vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with a delivery truck in Victoria Street. He was 18.

30 Aug 1980: 76320795BG Lance Corporal Willem Hendrik Smit from 2 SAI was Killed in Action while searching as Kraal in Northern Owamboland. The patrol entered a Kraal during a search for suspected insurgents while he remained on the Buffel Troop Carrier acting as the Gunner. A SWAPO/PLAN insurgent that was hiding in one of the huts, fired an RPG-7 Anti-Tank rocket at the vehicle and the rocket projectile struck the gun position where he was standing, killing him instantly. He was 19.

30 Aug 1980: 76928605SP Rifleman Jose Cabinda from 32 Battalion was Killed in Action after suffering multiple shrapnel wounds during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Southern Angola, just north of Rundu. He was 23.

30 Aug 1980: 76411545BG Private Herman Nico Booysen from 1 Maintenance Unit was killed in a motorcycle accident between Stilfontein and Klerksdorp while on leave. He lost control of his motor cycle and hit a lamp post. He was thrown clear of his motorcycle but was struck by another motorcycle and killed instantly. He was 19.

30 Aug 1982: 78219086BG Corporal Josef Johannes de Beer from 1 Maintenance Unit was killed in a private motorcycle accident at Christiana. He was 19.

30 Aug 1982: 80024458PP Rifleman Reginald Chivovo from 5 Reconnaissance Regiment was killed when his parachute failed to open during a practice jump at Phalaborwa. He was 23.

30 Aug 1986: 83268292NG Private Andrew Morris Byrd from the South African Medical Corps was based at the M’pacha Sickbay as a ward medic. On completion of Basic and 2nd phase training, he volunteered to go out with a mobile infantry patrol along the cut-line between Zambia, and South West Africa. He was to do a patrol with the infantry who, on completion of their patrol, would hand him over to continue on another 3-day patrol with an armoured car patrol before returning back to base. The infantry patrol returned as planned, and 3 days later when the armoured car patrol returned, the Patrol Officer came to the sickbay to register a complaint that he’d had to do his patrol without a medic. Only then was it realised that Andrew Byrd had been missing for 3 days. The Lieutenant who had commanded the Infantry patrol was called in and he indicated the location of the waterhole where Andrew Byrd had been dropped off. A patrol was immediately sent out to collect him but he was found dead at the water hole with 2 bullet wounds in his chest. The San tracker reported that Andrew had formed a simple boma around himself as there were Hyena and other wild animal paw prints in the immediate vicinity. It also appeared that Andrew had remained at the waterhole for 3 days waiting to be collected and had refrained from lighting a fire or shooting at the wild animals in case he attracted unwanted attention from SWAPO/PLAN insurgents who were known to be in the area. He was found sitting with his back against a tree and had apparently fallen asleep at some point. His rifle was set on automatic and while sleeping, he had slipped to one side and caught his finger on the trigger, firing 2 rounds into his chest. The position of the entry wounds indicated that it was definitely not suicide and the fact that his rifle and medical supplies were untouched indicated that there had been no enemy action. He was 20. (Both Commanders were seriously taken to task about this most unfortunate incident but the final outcome of the enquiry is unknown).

30 Aug 1990: 88732193PB Rifleman Tears Mashile from 1 Reconnaissance Regiment was killed while carrying out helicopter insertion training near Madimbo. He accidentally became entangled in the rappelling ropes when the helicopter got airborne and fell to his death. He was 25.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR 

30-Aug-61 Pte Neil Timm A Coy, 1st Bn RLI KOAS Died from head injuries received in a vehicle accident at the 22 mile peg on the Salisbury/Sinoia road, aged 21 years.

30-Aug-75 L/Cpl Aiden Eeson HQ Plt, 3(Indp) Coy RR KOAS in a vehicle accident when his Land Rover rolled on the Inyanga/Rusape Road. Died aged 19.

30-Aug-76 Rfn Adrian Gardner RhACR Army KOAS Died in Andrew Fleming Hospital, Salisbury, of a trauma to the head. He was 25 years old.

30-Aug-78 Cpl Toreveyi Musoni Army DOAS

30-Aug-78 Spr Masaro Bungwe Sqn RhE DOAS

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †  

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  • August 30, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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