Today, 26 September, we salute and honour 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

26 Sep 1978: 76567023BG Private Jacob Daniel Otto van As from 1 Maintenance Unit was killed in a military vehicle accident at Grootfontein. He was 18.

26 Sep 1981: 70159124KV Captain Noel John Malcolm from 104 Volunteer Air Squadron was killed when his Piper PA-28, Registration ZS-KFN crashed while carrying out an officially authorised SAAF tasking. He was 60.

26 Sep 1982: 80594104CK Private William Henry Ludick from the Army Catering Corps was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident at Kuruman. He was 20.

26 Sep 1985: Special Warrant Officer Jacob Stephanus from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops-K Division (Koevoet) was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 39.

26 Sep 1987: 84399393BT Rifleman Rudolf Johannes Badenhorst from Regiment de la Rey was killed in a military vehicle accident while carrying out an unauthorised trip at night near Mooi Plaas in the Kruger National Park. He was doing a compulsory military camp at the time of his death. He was 20.

26 Sep 1988: 86628708BG Gunner Ignatius Wilhelmus Ferreira from 4 Artillery Regiment was killed 9km from Kathu on the Kuruman road when he was hit by a civilian vehicle while assisting to dig out a field gun that was stuck in the sand. The vehicle failed to stop at the accident scene. He was 21.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1975 – Sgt/Tech Alexander Lawrence BREMNER, Thornhill, RhAF, died in a vehicle accident on the Salisbury to Enkeldoorn road. He was 24 years old.

1979 – Air Lt Patrick Michael "Paddy" BATE and Flt Sgt Gary Ronald CARTER, both of No. 7 Sqn, RhAF, were killed in an air accident when their Alouette, III R5705, they were flying in hit power lines near Lake Alexander, Umtali, Op Thrasher. They were involved in diversionary Fire Force exercises to draw attention away from the masses of troops and aircraft being assembled for the Op Miracle assault on New Chimoio in Mozambique. 

1979 – Maj Bruce Miles SNELGAR SCR (Post), Officer Commanding, 3 Cdo, 1st Bn RLI, was also killed in the air accident recorded above, in which the pilot, Air Lt Paddy Bate and Tech Sgt Gary Carter were also killed. His semi-military funeral was held on 2 October at the RLI Troopie Statue, Cranborne Barracks.
Bruce's SCR citation states that: “As OC of 3 Cdo, he displayed leadership and professional skill of the highest order, with his commando, accounting for 650 CTs during his period of command. He was an untiring commander who often showed disregard for his own safety in combat situations. He was always willing to accompany his troops on the ground, providing determined leadership and constant inspiration, thereby attaining amongst his men a standard of morale and fighting spirit of the highest order”.
Bruce had also been awarded the Military Forces Commendation in October 1970, for which his citation states that he showed tactical skill and courage in a contact, in spite of being wounded himself.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • September 26, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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