Today, 15 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. 


15 Oct 1978: 78680338CK Corporal James Barnard Phillander from the South African Cape Corps was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 22.

15 Oct 1981: Two members from 4 SAI were killed in an accidental hand grenade explosion in Northern Owamboland. They were:

  • 77538353BG Rifleman Thomas Johannes Ferreira. He was 20.
  • 78416906BG Rifleman Martin Johannes Lodewyk Kruger van Niekerk. He was 19.

15 Oct 1981: Three members from 5 Reconnaissance Regiment were Reported Missing while carrying out an operation against the Harare-Beira railway line near Doeroi in Mocambique, some 300 miles from the South African border. It would appear that there was a premature detonation while they were laying their demolition charges that killed them instantly. Their bodies were later found and recovered by FRELIMO troops. All three have no known grave and remain unaccounted for. The casualties were:

  • Lieutenant Alan Gingles. He was 28.
  • Rifleman B. Michael. He was 24
  • Rifleman F. Tombo. He was 25

15 Oct 1982: 81547176HF Rifleman Piet Bhayana from 111 Battalion accidentally drowned during a river crossing while on patrol in the Kruger National Park. He was 21.

15 Oct 1982: Corporal Servaas de Kock from 1 Parachute Battalion was accidentally killed while on weekend pass when his private vehicle was involved in a collision with an extra heavy articulate vehicle. The heavy vehicle, together with the multi-wheel trailers drove over the drivers position of his car, crushing it completely, killing him instantly. He was 20.

15 Oct 1989: 86716825HN Lance Corporal Joseph Montslo Moletsane from 115 Battalion was accidentally killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned during a patrol in Mamelodi. He was 25.


1966 – Rfn Douglas Walter PARSONS, B Company, Depot, RRR, was killed in an accidental shooting, Llewellin Barracks, Bulawayo. Douglas was undergoing basic national service training and was on magazine guard duty at the time. He was 20 years old.

1976 – Temp Cpl Alfred Charles "Butch" NEWMAN, 4th Bn, RR, died in Andrew Fleming Hospital, Salisbury, of shrapnel wounds received in a mortar attack on the F Coy 4RR base camp on 14th October 1976. Died at the age of 31.

1979 – Deputy Warden Paul André ECKARD, Special Reserve, BSAP, died in an accident in Salisbury, Salops, aged 53 years.

1979 – L/Cpl Pineal [Mutase Piniel] MUTASA , Spt Coy, 1st Bn, RAR, was murdered by CTs.

1979 – DSA Coffee SYBERT, Kp Prtn, Intaf, died on active service.

1979 – L/Cpl Siriro TATAWA, Army, died on active service.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • October 15, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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