Today, 7 January, 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.


07 Jan 1969: 66566647E Lieutenant Johannes Hendrik van Heerden from 42 Squadron was killed when his Cessna 185-D Serial No. 734, crashed after he tried to execute an unauthorised low-level barrel roll shortly after take-off from the airfield at Kutanga Bombing Range, East of Qwe Qwe in Rhodesia. He was 25. The passenger, 879 Flight Lieutenant Donald Annandale from the Rhodesian Air Force, although grievously burned, survived the initial crash but succumbed to his injuries in hospital on 09 January 1969.

  • NOTE: Van Heerden’s Grave Headstone in the Carnarvon Cemetery incorrectly indicates his date on death as 07 February 1969.

07 Jan 1973: PR89425 Rifleman Jacobus Johannes Potgieter, a South African National serving with the 2nd Battalion Rhodesia Regiment, Rhodesian Army, was killed in a military vehicle accident on the Victoria Falls to Bulawayo Road. He was 20.

07 Jan 1973: W54350W Constable Siegfried Marx from the South African Police serving in Rhodesia, was killed and one other SAP member critically injured (he died the following day) after suffering multiple injuries in an accident in the Victoria Falls National Park. He was 22.

07 Jan 1973: 68897571N Private Johannes Jacobus Potgieter from 86 Technical Stores Depot died from a sport injury received during training while at Nyamandhlovu. He was 20.

07 Jan 1982: 79386769PE Candidate Officer Derek William Evans from Central Flying School Dunnottar was killed when his Harvard AT-6. Serial No 7651 crashed between Endicott and Delmas while on a solo general flying training flight. He was 18.

07 Jan 1983: 70256961KT Rifleman Gerald Pereiro Da Silva from the Sandriver Commando attached to Group 34 Died of Wounds in 1 Military Hospital after being critically wounded in a landmine explosion near the Okangwati Military Base on 06 January 1983. He was 28.

07 Jan 1984: C7223CB Rifleman Josephat Johannes Levi from SWATF was killed in a shooting incident at Tsintsabis. He was 20.

07 Jan 1986: Special Constable Abiud Kenahana from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops-K Division (Koevoet) was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 28.

07 Jan 1994: 90397605PK Rifleman Dario David Marco Vervey from Natal Command was killed when he accidentally fell off the back of a moving Buffel Troop Carrier in Durban. He was 19.

07 Jan 1997: 94995651PV Rifleman Joseph Mabuti Nthene from the Kruger National Park Commando was accidentally killed after he was trampled to death by a herd of elephants at the Nkongoma Military Base. He was 24.


1973 – Rfn Jacobus Johannes POTGIETER, 2nd Bn, RR, died in a vehicle accident on Bulawayo/Victoria Falls Road, at the age of 20.

1980 – Pte Joseph DAVIS, 1st Bn, RDR, died on active service aged 25.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • January 07, 2019
  • Piet Fourie
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