Today, 8 October, 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

08 Oct 1980: 75473777BG Rifleman Gert Johannes Alwyn Barnard from 4 SAI attached to 37 Battalion suffered severe heat exhaustion and was to be medically evacuated at night from Ruacana. He was loaded aboard a Kudu aircraft flown by Lieutenant Mel Pienaar after the aircraft had been refueled. Shortly after take-off, the aircraft suffered total engine failure and crashed. He was fatally injured and died 30 minutes later. The critically injured Pilot was evacuated to 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria and survived. It was later established that during the refueling process at Ruacana, AVTUR was accidentally used to refuel the Kudu aircraft instead of AVGAS and this caused the aircraft engine to fail. He was 20.

08 Oct 1982: 80000987PP Captain William Robert McIntosh from 4 Reconnaissance Regiment was accidentally killed when his parachute failed to open during a practice jump at Langebaan. He was 30.

08 Oct 1983: 82902610SWK Rifeman Klaas Hausiku from 202 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents. He was 21.

08 Oct 1987: 837771490BG Gunner Anthony Wayne de Villiers of 4 SAI attached "Q" Battery was accidentally killed during Ops Modular in Southern Angola. The battery was operating just north of the Lomba River and earlier in the day, De Villiers had been sent out to find a suitable alternate site for the battery. The battery was involved with artillery support until late in the night before packing up and re-locating. It appears that De Villiers had fallen asleep next to a tree that was in the path of the oncoming vehicles and guns as his body was discovered later in the tracks left by the convoy. He was 20.

08 October 1987: 83472712BG Trooper Frederick de Jager from 61 Mechanised Battalion Group was Killed in Action during Ops Modular. The South African armoured column had penetrated deep into Angola and had just formed into a laager to take bearings on their position and objectives when two Angolan MiG-23 fighter jets spotted the column and after initially making a low pass, they turned and came in for the attack. Each aircraft dropped a 500 pound parachute retarded bomb. The first bomb landed just behind Ratel 33C literally driving the back axel into the ground and igniting the Ratel's 90mm ammunition. The second bomb landed and exploded just next to the Ratel. Frederick was the Ratel driver and was resting in the back of the Ratel when the bombs detonated. He was critically wounded when the Ratel ammunition exploded. He succumbed to his injuries a short while later. He was 19. Another crewman lost a leg in this same incident but survived.

08 Oct 1988: 86723277HM Rifleman Moleko Ivan Khumoeng from 21 Battalion was killed after being accidentally struck by a Buffel Troop Carrier while on duty at a night road block. He was 25.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1975 – Pte Amos Buggie MILLER, 3 Prtn Coy, RHU, RDR, died in a vehicle accident, at the age of 19.

1976 – DA Custom CHIPWANYA, Regular, Intaf, died from gunshot wounds to the chest in an accidental shooting in the barrack room of Pachanza Keep, Kandeya TTL, Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane. He was 23 years old.

1976 – Officer Cdt Anthony STAINTHORPE, 5th Bn, RR, died from a gunshot wound to the head, in a contact in Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane, at the age of 35.

1977 – Sgt Nevison CHORWADZA, GC, BSAP, was murdered by terrorists while on duty in plainclothes in Inyanga, Op Thrasher, aged 26. At the time of his death, he was travelling on a bus which was stopped by terrorists who removed the sergeant from the bus before shooting him and throwing his body down a mine shaft. His body was recovered four days later by local police.

1978 – Rfn Anthony Kenneth CRIPPS, 5th Bn RR, died in a vehicle accident.

1978 – DA Weston VHUDZIJENA, D Tp, ARU (Victoria), Intaf, was killed in action near Fort Victoria, Op Repulse. He was in a Puma in convoy when ambushed. He debussed with the rest, and while the troop, under Commander DO Charles Hosking retaliated and moved towards the CTs, Weston was shot three times in the stomach. He died from loss of blood.

1978 – L/Cpl F. ZIMUNYA, 4(Indp) Coy, RAR, died on active service.

1979 – DSA Lot MATHE, Kp Prtn, Intaf, died on active service

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • October 08, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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