Today, 15 December, 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

15 Dec 1976: 69257459BT Corporal Timothy Gilmore Conway from Regiment Algoa Bay was Killed in Action after suffering multiple shrapnel wounds when his Temporary Base near Oshikango came under heavy enemy mortar attack. Tim Conway's platoon had set up a temporary base and came under attack from a group of PLAN insurgents who had a Soviet 82 mm mortar mounted on the back of a truck. The platoon OP had noticed the trucks lights and had climbed down the tree to inform the mortar position of the truck's position. He was on his way back to his post when at approximately 22h00, PLAN opened fire. The mortar platoon launched counter-fire and 36 x 60mm High Explosive bombs were fired into the PLAN position and the enemy truck was knocked out after receiving a direct hit. Conway was 23.

15 Dec 1978: 72570344BG Corporal Thomas Davis from 2 Parachute Regiment was accidentally killed in the Operational Area when struck by a bullet resulting from an accidental discharge of a fellow soldiers rifle. He was 24.

15 Dec 1980: Rifleman Anthony Uytenbogaardt from 1 SAI was killed when his civilian motor vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle 30km from Bloemfontein while returning from Cape Town after being on pass. He had returned from the Border prior to going on pass and would have klaared out from the Unit three days later. He was 19.

15 Dec 1981: 78311867BG Lance Corporal Jeremiah Richards from 8 SAI was killed in Northern Kavangoland when the Buffel Troop Carrier in which he was traveling, overturned and he was crushed under the vehicle. He was 19.

15 Dec 1984: Two members from 1 SWA Engineer Regiment SWATF were killed when their Buffel Troop Carrier overturned in Northern Owamboland. They were:

  • 8380015SCC Sapper G.J. Bock. He was 18.
  • 83814640SCC Sapper J.P. Isaacs. He was 18

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1978 – PO Stuart GILLIES, PATU, BSAP, was accidentally killed while on operational duties. He was 19 years old.

1978 – Aux Cst Philip MUTUMHE, Dog Sec, BSAP, was killed in a CT action, in the Rusape area, Op Thrasher, at the age of 21.

1979 – Tpr Alfred William "Gravy" GREYVESTEYN, Recce Tp, Spt Cdo, 1st Bn, RLI, was killed by "friendly fire", near Feira, Zambia. As the ceasefire was approaching, bringing with it the repatriation of guerrillas to assembly points in Rhodesia, the RLI deployed a reconnaissance troop of 22 into Zambia to patrol along the border. After four days and having passed through Mupata Gorge, the soldiers prepared to settle in for the night, understandably very cautious due to a large ZIPRA and Zambian army presence in nearby Feira. After refilling water bottles, the men retired to thick bush on higher ground. The troop leader had just completed the checking of his men in their defensive stand-to positions and had stood them down for the night, when he heard a noise of movement just in front of him. Straining his eyes in the dark and knowing it was too late to get his troops to stand-to, further movement in the dark caused him to fire two shots from his FN, whilst the acting troop sergeant, fired two short bursts with his heavy-barrelled FN. It was only when someone called "Its us", that it was realised that they had fired on their own men. ‘Gravy’ had been shot, but in spite of the immediate attention he received from the troop medic, he died.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • December 15, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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