Today, 16 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. 


16 Nov 1971: 4081 Flight Lieutenant Alexander Gilbert Roughead, a South African National serving in 5 Squadron Rhodesian Air Force, was killed when his Rhodesian Air Force Canberra B2 aircraft crashed on Little Matopos Farm, Twentydales Road, Hatfield, Salisbury. He was 29.

16 Nov 1976: 74283789BG Sapper Matthys Phillipus Fourie from 2 Field Engineer Regiment was Killed in Action after suffering fatal shrapnel wounds during a contact with enemy forces in Southern Angola. He was 18.

16 Nov 1976: Two members from 1 SAI were accidentally killed while carrying out driver training near the Knysna-Uniondale Crossroads. Their Ratel pulled off the road between Knysna and Avontuur in order to let vehicle traffic pass but slid into a ditch and overturned, crushing them underneath. The casualties were:

  • 72272495PE Corporal Joseph Edward Flood Ashpole. He was 19
  • 71323208PE Corporal Andries Johannes Blom. He was 21

16 Nov 1978: 68344761BT Lance Corporal Johannes Petrus Nel from Regiment Louw Wepener was Killed in Action while attached to 53 Battalion. He was carrying out escort duty from Ondangwa to Oshikango when the Hippo vehicle in which he was traveling, detonated a landmine near Etale at approximately 11h00, killing him instantly. He was 26.

16 Nov 1983: 78460649PE Lieutenant Timothy David Short from 6 Squadron was killed when his Atlas MB326KM Impala Mk II, Serial No. 1083 crashed into the sea 5km off Brighton Beach near Durban while on a training flight. He was 21.

16 Nov 1985: 82401720BG Ordinary Marine Victor Ernest Bastion de Klerk from 123 Harbour Protection Unit, South African Marines was killed during the Cape Riots when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned at Mitchell's Plain. He was 18.

16 Nov 1987: Two members from 32 Battalion were Killed in Action during a contact with enemy forces in Southern Angola. The casualties were:

78913175SP Staff Sergeant Arsenio Nicolau Domignos Batisda. He was 33.
80831019SP Rifleman Joaquim Pedro. He was 29.

16 Nov 1987: 83218826BG Corporal Jacob Carel van Heerden from 4 SAI was Killed in Action during a contact with enemy forces in Southern Angola during Ops Modular. He was 20.


1971 – Air-Lt Guy Neil ROBERTSON (25) and Flt-Lt Alexander Gilbert "Alex" ROUGHEAD (29), both of No. 5 Sqn, RhAF were killed in an air accident on Little Matopos Farm, Twentydales Road, Hatfield, Salisbury, whilst flying a Canberra B2, at the age of 29.

1976 – Fr Gary Vivian HUNT, PR, BSAP, died of a gunshot wound in a CT action in the Figtree area, Op Tangent. He was 23 years old.

1978 – PO Lovemore Onisimo MAZURURA, Uniform, BSAP, died from wounds received in action, between Bveke and Dotito in Mt Darwin district, Op Hurricane, at the age of 34. He was Mt Darwin's first black patrol officer.

1978 – Gd Clever NHAWO, PV Prtn Group, GF, died from wounds received in action.

1978 – Aux Cst Saini TUNURHU (40), Aux Cst Hiback WHITE (31) and Aux Cst John ZVIKARAMBA (23), all BSAP, died in a vehicle accident in the Karoi district.

1979 – Pte Stewart CHASI, Depot RR, died from accidental gunshot wounds.

1979 – Cst Ananias KAKONO (31), Uniform, BSAP, died on active service.

1979 – Pte Samuel TAFURA, Depot RR, died from a gunshot wound.

1979 – Cpl Denis Keith WOOD, Depot RR, died in a vehicle accident.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • November 16, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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