Today, 9 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.


09 Jan 1978: 67354217BT Lance Corporal Steven Leamy from Regiment Piet Retief was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents near Eenhana. He was 26.

09 Jan 1978: 72210792BG Rifleman Donald William Paterson from 1 SAI was killed in a military vehicle accident at Bloemfontein. He was 21.

09 Jan 1979: Two members from 24 Squadron were killed when their Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S-50, Serial No.424 crashed at Roedtan near Marble Hall during a night training exercise. The Board of Inquiry found that the aircraft had impacted the ground in a near vertical dive after losing the horizontal tail plane at supersonic speed. The Board concluded that the cause of the crash was attributed to pilot disorientation and loss of spatial orientation during a night flight at high altitude. The crew failed to recover from the fatal dive and went in with the aircraft. The aircraft tail plane section was located nearly 2 km away from the actual impact site. The crew were:

  • 69325843PE Captain Kenneth Brian Duncan (Pilot). He was 25.
  • 73272924PE Lieutenant Pierre Paul Wahl (Strike Navigator). He was 21

09 Jan 1980: 79880159SWH Rifleman Pedro Komengo from 102 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action when the vehicle in which he was travelling detonated a landmine in Northern Owamboland. He was 22.


1969 – Flt Lt Donald "Don" ANNANDALE, Tech Arm, RhAF, was killed in an air accident whilst flying in a South African Police Cessna 185 No. 734 at Kutanga Range near Que Que in which Lt J.H. van Heerden SAP, the pilot, was killed. The pilot unsuccessfully tried to perform an illegal low-level barrel roll, hitting the ground. Don survived the initial crash, but the vehicle being used to take him to hospital also crashed. He was then taken by a passing motorist to Que Que Hospital where he died two days later, aged 32 years.

1973 – Officer Kenneth Stewart SIM, New Sarum, died on active service, aged 55 years.

1977 – FR Warwick Powys LILFORD (27), PR, BSAP, died as a result of injuries received when the police vehicle he was a passenger in, collided with a pantechnicon north of Karoi on 24 December 1976. Field Reservists Bashford and Bathurst lost their lives in the collision.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • January 09, 2019
  • Piet Fourie
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