Today, 26 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.


26 Dec 1987: 85314953BG Private Andre Johan van Niekerk from 1 Maintenance Unit died of pneumonia at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria. He was 18


1974 – Rfn Peter Gallagher (aged 20), RR, KOAS. Died in Andrew Fleming Hospital, Salisbury, from multiple injuries.

1977 – Gd M. Chaukura, PV Prtn Group, KOAS in a vehicle accident.

1977 – FR Ellson Gandari, PR BSAP, KOAS.

1977 – Gd H. Nyarendaha, PV Prtn Group GF, KOAS in a vehicle accident.

1978 – DSA Patrick Hamamiti, Kp Prtn Intaf, Murdered by CTs.

1978 – DSA Samziza Nkiwane, Kp Prtn Intaf, Murdered by CTs.

1979 – Maj Alexander Duncan, Army HQ, DOAS of heart failure on active service.

1979 – Gd J. Phillimon (not his surname), 1st Bn GF, DOAS.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • December 26, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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