Today, 10 November, 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 

10 Nov 1975: Two members from 5 Squadron were accidentally killed when their Atlas MB326M Impala Mk I, Serial No. 563 struck trees on top of a hill near Nottingham Road and crashed approximately 1km north of village on the farm "Breezie Brae" during an authorised low level training sortie. The casualties were

  • 68436005PM 2/Lieutenant (Pilot) John Harold Cox. He was 23
  • 66507781PE Sergeant (Passenger) Cornelius Andries Petrus van Tonder. He was 27

10 Nov 1976: 73372815BA Sapper Barend Kruger Engelbrecht from 2 Engineer Regiment accidentally drowned during a training exercise at Bethlehem. He was 19.

10 Nov 1982: 81358806BG Private Andre Ignatius Steffens from the Technical Service Corps died in the Universitas Hospital in Bloemfontein after being critically injured in a military vehicle accident near Mangore on the Highway between Sishen and Postmasburg. He was 20.

10 Nov 1983: 78554656BT Rifleman George Murray Boshoff from the Witbank Commando was Killed in Action while doing his first three month camp after completing two years of National Service. He was part of an SADF / SAP pursuit group tracking four heavily armed MK insurgents who had crossed the border from Zimbabwe into the Northern Transvaal. The insurgents had attacked a local farmer and his elderly grandmother in their vehicle the previous evening and both were lucky to survive. The SADF cornered the four MK insurgents on a farm 20km outside of Alldays and in the ensuing fire fight, Rifleman Boshoff and all four of the MK insurgents were killed. He was 22.

10 Nov 1983: Rifleman Harold Hebblethwaite from the Jozini Military Base suffered critical head injuries in a private motor vehicle accident while he was travelling down to Durban on a weekend pass. He was admitted to hospital but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries shortly after admission. He was 23.

10 Nov 1984: 82352758BG Rifleman Anthony Joseph Brandt from Infantry School was killed in a private motor vehicle accident while on weekend pass. He was 18.

10 Nov 1985: 73419202PE Sergeant William Stephan Butler from Air Force Headquarters was killed in a military vehicle accident at Kamieskroon. He was 37

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1972 – SO Kenneth Davis "Ken" ANDERSON, Uniform, BSAP, was killed in a road accident in the Southerton area of Salisbury where he was stationed. He was 30 years old.

1976 – Cst Zacharia DONGO, Uniform, BSAP, was killed in an ambush in the Chikore TTL, Makoni district. Died aged 21. He was travelling in a convoy when it was ambushed by CTs. His vehicle was struck by a rocket and strafed with small-arms fire; Zacharia was shot in the head.

1976 – FR Diesel Mechanic Norman TATTON, PR, BSAP, died at Kanyemba on the Zambezi River, Sipolilo district, Op Hurricane. Died aged 56.

1979 – Cst Antony VACHI, SU, BSAP, was killed in a CT action, at the age of 26.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • November 10, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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