Today, 19 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. 


19 Nov 1974: W56732P Constable Bartholomeus Harmse from the South African Police was critically injured during a training exercise while serving in Rhodesia when an expended 60mm Mortar Bomb Iluminating casing that had just been fired, struck him in the back. He succumbed to his injuries two hours later. He was part of C/S 43, based at the Kadzi River Camp in the Dande Tribal Trust Land, Sipolilo, Rhodesia. He was 29.

19 Nov 1978: 75293472BG Signaler Arnold Charles Lewin from the South African Corps of Signals stationed at Grootfontein, collapsed from heat exhaustion. He was rushed to the Grootfontein Hospital but died soon after admission. He was 18.

19 Nov 1987: 76235845PE Major Petrus Abraham van der Merwe from 1 Parachute Battalion, was serving as the Company Commander for Hotel Company on the Infantry School Instructor Staff. He was critically wounded on 18 November 1987 when he suffered multiple shrapnel wounds in a M26 Hand Grenade explosion. During grenade practice, a M26 hand grenade that was thrown, failed to detonate and after the mandatory waiting period had expired, he rose from cover to continue with the exercise. Just as he stood up, the hand grenade exploded. He succumbed to his wounds on 19 November 1987. He was 27.

19 Nov 1989: 85450765BG Signaler Jan Gabriel Kriel from 2 Signals Regiment was killed after he was accidentally run over by a Ratel 20 at Keetmanshoop. He was 20.

19 Nov 1992: Three civilians were killed and five were injured when two APLA operatives opened fire with AK-47 assault rifles on their vehicle that was travelling between Herschel and Lady Grey. Both APLA operatives were later granted amnesty. The casualties in this attack were:

  • Shirley Ethne Brummer (killed instantly in the attack)
  • Peter Schroeder (shot execution style next to the vehicle)
  • James Tsemane (shot execution style next to the vehicle)

19 Nov 1999: 92200357PF Sergeant (Miss) Jacqueline Stander from the School of Armour was killed in an accident involving a Rooikat Armoured Car while she travelling as a passenger in the vehicle. She was 25.

19 Nov 1999: 97284236PV Rifleman Jeremy Botman from 1 Parachute Battalion was killed when his parachute failed to open during a practice jump at Tempe Airport. He was 20.


1973 – Cpl Kephas Gwina NYAKAZA , Dvr, GSU, RhAF, was killed by a landmine 2 km west of Marymount Mission, Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane, at the age of 32.

1974 – DA Lazarus GUMUNYU (32) and DA Tongai PFIDZE (23), both Regular Intaf, died in a road accident in Mt Darwin Village on the Mukumbura Road.

1976 – Rfn Jeremy Richard JONES, 5th Bn, RR, was killed by a landmine in the Kariba area, at the age of 35.

1977 – PO Mark John MCDONAGH, Uniform, BSAP, was killed in a shooting accident, Inyati, Op Tangent, aged 19 years. Mark and other personnel had returned to Inyati police station. As everyone was alighting from the vehicle in the station yard, a shot was heard and it was found that Mark's weapon had accidentally discharged, severely wounding him. Mark was rushed to a Bulawayo hospital where he died shortly after arrival.

1978 – Aux Cst Pitson KARIKOGAH, BSAP, died in Harare Hospital from wounds received in action, at the age of 23.

1979 – Gd P. MAPONDERA and Jnr Cpl E. MUZANENHAMO, both of RHQ Alpha, Op Hurricane, GF, died on active service.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • November 19, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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