Today, 19 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. 


19 Oct 1952: P13792 Airman Caspar Willem Petrus Nel from Air Force Station Congella suffered fractured vertebrae when he was dumped by a large wave while playing in the sea during March 1952. He was re-admitted to the Sanitarium Hospital in Durban on 15 Oct 1952 after complications had set in but he unfortunately died following surgery. He was 20.


1968 – D/Cst Johane MEHLO, a recipient of the Commissioner's Commendation in 1966, died in an accident.

1972 – PO Russell Vincent John BRETT, Uniform, BSAP, died in Salisbury Central Hospital from pneumonia following a gunshot wound of the face which occurred 16 days earlier, aged 19.

1978 – L/Cpl Jeffrey Donald "Jeff" COLLETT, C Sqn, SAS, was killed in action on Op Gatling in Zambia. The attack was against the ZIPRA Camp at Mkushi.

1979 – Cst Abraham CHIREZA (20) and Cst Lazarus NDOU (26), both of E Tp, SU, BSAP, were killed in a CT contact at night in a TTL just outside Umtali, Op Thrasher.

1979 – L/Cpl Derek John MCLAURIN, C Sqn, SAS, was killed by a gunshot wound in a contact with ZIPRA, Op Tepid, Lusuto, Zambia. Died aged 23 years.

1979 – Tpr H.J. MOLLENTZ, C Sqn, SAS, was killed on active service. Listed only in The Elite, Barbara Cole, (Three Knights, 1985). Also listed as being with 1 Bn RR.

1979 – DSAs Philip KUTYAURIPO, Peter MAKOVA, Ribi MBEKEYA, Taylor MOYO and Jakuvos MUTANDA, all of Kp Prtn, Intaf, died on active service

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • October 19, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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