Today, 18 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. 


18 Nov 1962: P/22770 Corporal Johannes George Wolmarans from 1 Parachute Battalion was admitted to 1 Military Hospital after being diagnosed with myocarditis. He died later in hospital after suffering heart failure. He was 19.

18 Nov 1971: 67398719N 2/Lieutenant Douglas Angus Morrison from the School of Engineers was accidentally electrocuted while serving at Kroonstad. He was 20.

18 Nov 1976: PR106691 Rifleman Albertus Johannes Ferreira, a South African National serving with the 5th Independent Company, Rhodesia Regiment, was Killed in Action after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during a contact with insurgents near Silver Streams during Operation Thrasher. He was 19.

18 Nov 1984: 79989865BG Leading Seaman Sydney Harry de Jongh from 111 Harbour Protection Unit, South African Marines accidentally drowned in a river mishap while based at Wenela in the Eastern Caprivi. He was 28.

18 Nov 1989: 85480184BG Rifleman Robert Antonio Gache from 61 Mechanised Battalion Group was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned 50km north of Okahandja. He was 20.


1972 – Pte Terence Joseph RUBESTEIN, Tspt Sec, RDR, died in Bulawayo of multiple injuries.

1976 – Rfn Albertus Johannes "Joe" FERREIRA (19), 5(Indep) Coy, RR, died from gunshot wounds in a contact near Silver Streams, Op Thrasher. A group of four CTs was sighted near a weir where the stick had been in ambush. Three were accounted for, but the fourth returned fire, killing Ferreira.

1977 – DSA Amon DUBE, Kp Prtn, Intaf, died on active service.

1977 – Tpr André Cecil MILLER, NS, RhACR, died on active service.

1978 – Cpl Calvern DUMIRA, 3 Sqn, RhE, was killed in an accidental explosion.

1978 – Pte Nabot MAGEDE, 8th Bn, RR, was killed in a CT action.

1979 – Sgt Chinatidzo Jesphet MADAFI, Uniform, BSAP, died on active service.

1979 – Snr DSA Joseph MARUMAZONDO, Kp Prtn, Intaf, died on active service.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • November 18, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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