Today, 16 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

16 Dec 1963: P51393 Able Seaman Johannes Hendrik Jordaan from SAS President Steyn was critically injured in a private motor vehicle accident between Colesberg and Phillipolis. He was admitted to the Bloemfontein Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. He was 23.

16 Dec 1979: 75573576BG Rifleman Arrie Zagarias Greyling from 5 SAI was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 20.

16 Dec 1982: 75438010BG Signaler Daniel Andries Barnard from 2 Signal Regiment was killed in a private motor vehicle accident, in Pretoria. He was 23.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1966 – Cpl Brian Lindsay BALL, 1st Bn, RLI, died in Salisbury Central Hospital of multiple injuries received in an accident, aged 19 years.

1968 – L/Cpl C.F. FISHER, RhASC, died on active service aged 21 years.

1969 – Edward Langford ASHLEY, Army, died on active service (rank and unit unknown).

1972 – L/Cpl Leon James BREDENKAMP, 1st Bn, RLI, died in a road accident, Jameson Avenue, Salisbury, aged 19.

1976 – 2Lt Bruce BURRELL (19) and Tpr Enslin "Ens" VAN STADEN (19), both of C Sqn, were killed as a result of an anti-personnel mine explosion whilst returning from Rambanayi, Manica Province, Mozambique. A very successful combined assault had been conducted by elements from the SAS, RLI, 4RR, RhA, and RhAF on a ZANLA base at Rambanayi, in which the RLI's Cpl 'Butch' Alexander (see below) was killed, and the CT camp and Zonue road bridge both destroyed. As members of the ground troops were walking out, 2Lt Bruce Burrell stepped on a suspected boosted AP mine, the explosion killing both him and Tpr Enslin van Staden.

1976 – Cpl Ronald Eugene "Butch" ALEXANDER (24), 2 Cdo, 1st Bn RLI, died of gunshot wounds in Mozambique during a combined RLI/SAS attack on a ZANLA camp at Rambanayi. The camp, also housing a platoon of Tanzanian troops, was defended by a complex of trenches and bunkers covered by large logs and soil, and it was when Butch jumped into the command bunker occupied by the enemy, that he was shot and killed.

1976 – Rfn Andre Philip LOTZ, 2(Indep) Coy, RR, died from gunshot wounds in a contact in the operational area south of Mukumbura, Op Hurricane. Died aged 19.

1977 – Cdt DO Richard John Selwyn HERD and DA Daniel Foloma NCUBE, both Regular Intaf, were killed in an ambush in the Belingwe area, Op Repulse.

1978 – Pte Jephias MUSASA, HQ Midlands District, 1st Bn, RAR, was shot and killed by CTs while off duty.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • December 16, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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