Today, 31 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 

31 Aug 1965: P/54466 Air Mechanic (Pilot Under Training) Johannes Jurie Delport was killed when his AT-6 Harvard, Serial No. 7694 crashed near Ermelo during a solo night navigation exercise. He was 21.

31 Aug 1976: 05516950PE Captain Jack Steven Cloete from the Danie Theron Combat School was killed when his military vehicle overturned at Wolmaranstad. He was 36.

31 Aug 1977: 75575688BA Rifleman George Frederick Morkel Langenhoven from 4 SAI was killed in a military vehicle accident at Alldays. He was 18.

31 Aug 1979: 76356120BG Sapper Leon Lambert from 2 Field Engineer Regiment, attached to 5 Military Works Unit at the Army Battle School in Lohatla, was accidentally killed when the Bedford truck in which he was traveling as a passenger, overturned 30km outside Vryburg on the Lothatla to Vryburg road after the vehicles front tyre burst. He was 18.

31 Aug 1979: 71301907BG 2/Lieutenant Frederick Francois de Wit from 2 Signal Regiment was accidentally killed at Carolina in a non-military related incident. He was 23.

31 Aug 1980: 72462153KV Rifleman Izak Gabriel Du Plessis from Noordvaal Commando was killed in a private motor cycle accident while on duty. He was 24.

31 Aug 1983: 80493505BG Rifleman Pieter Frederik van Eeden from 1 SAI was accidentally killed at the General De Wet Training Terrain in Bloemfontein when he picked up an unexploded 40mm High Explosive "Snotneus" grenade in the veld. While he was handling the device, it exploded, killing him instantly. He was 19.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR 

31-Aug-71 NS Trainee mechanic William Weitsz Depot RR KOAS Died in Bulawayo Central Hospital of multiple injuries. He was 20 years old.

31-Aug-74 DA Jaisi Tambe Regular Intaf Mrd by terrorists at Nyamanja Kraal (US479538), Mount Darwin, Op Hurricane. Died aged 30.

31-Aug-75 Pte Celestino Baropayi E Coy, 1st Bn RAR KIA by a gunshot wound in a contact, Umfurudzi Wild Life Area, Shamva, Op Hurricane. Died aged 27.

31-Aug-76 Cst Luckson Mberi Uniform BSAP DOAS in Salisbury from TB. He was 38 years old.

31-Aug-76 Cpl Ronald Austen 10th Bn RR KOAS Died from a gunshot wound in "friendly fire" during a contact in the Mrewa area, Op Hurricane. Died aged 32.

31-Aug-79 Gd T. Munyambi 4 Group, PV Prtn, Bindura GF DOAS

31-Aug-79 Sp Cst Malcolm Bartlett Sp Res BSAP KIA in a contact in the Chinamora TTL, just north of Enterprise, Op Hurricane, aged 20. Mike Norton recalls that Salops would send PATU sticks of students to the Enterprise Base on 14-day stints. On one such call-up, Bartlett's stick, at last light, made camp in a re-entrant which was flanked by high ground on both sides. At first light, a group of hard core CTs attacked the camp from this high ground. Bartlett was killed and another member of the stick was wounded.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †  

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  • August 31, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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