Today, 21 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

21 Oct 1982: 78318326BG Corporal Donald Craig Clerk from 1 Special Service Battalion Died from a gunshot wound resulting from an accidental discharge of the fellow soldiers rifle while based at Oshakati. He was 20.

21 October 1983: Four members of 5 Reconnaissance Regiment were Reported Missing after being captured during the night of 20/21 October 1983 while carrying out pseudo operations against enemy forces during Operation Slyk. It is presumed that they were subsequently executed by their captors. They have no known grave and remain unaccounted for. The four casualties were:

  • Corporal D. Dula. He was 27.
  • Corporal R. Mhlinga. He was 29.
  • Rifleman Frans Mkoshi. He was 26.
  • Rifleman Manuel Shikondau. He was 33.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1976 – Flt Lt Roy Richard HULLEY, No 2 Sqn, RhAF, was killed in an air accident whilst flying a Vampire T11 R1833 at Katanga Range, near Que Que , Op Grapple. Died aged 27.

1976 – Cst Martin MUDZIMIRI, Z1, Tp, SU, BSAP, died in Umtali Hospital from gunshot wounds received in the Silverstreams area near Chipinga on 19 October 1976, at the age of 20.

1977 – Sgt Harischandra "Harry" NAGAR, RR, died from wounds in a shooting accident.

1978 – FR Eric Gerald HALLETT (51), PR Recce Unit, and Aux Cst Manjengwa TAZVIVINGA (21), both of the BSAP, died in a vehicle accident on the Ft Victoria/Beitbridge road.

1979 – Tpr Andrew Petrie "Andy" HOUGHTON, 3 Cdo, 1st Bn, RLI, died from a gunshot wound, Lusitu, Zambia, Op Tepid. A combined 2 and 3 Cdo RLI/SAS/RhAf attack was carried out against a large, well defended ZIPRA base in the Lusitu area of Zambia, some 21 miles north west of Siavongo, Kariba. Troops ferried across from the FAF at Kariba in Bell helicopters, faced considerable resistance and very strong fire power from the more than 300 CTs occupying the camp. Following sustained bombing and strafing attacks by Air Force Canberras and Hawker Hunters, 2Lt Bobby Harrison and a section of 3 Cdo troops were in the main assault on the camp's well-concealed bunkers. At this time, Andy was fatally wounded by a gunshot to the head.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • October 21, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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  • April 27, 2016
  • martin mudzimiri2nd

i have noted with interest that all is recorded orderly .We will always mis our brave brother because to our family he was a promising loving pillar of support .