Today, 14 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.

SOUTH AFRICAN BORDER WAR

14 Jan 1978: 72372683BG Corporal Alan Gordon-Bennet from Northern Transvaal Command was killed in a military vehicle accident at Nelspruit. He was 21. 

    RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

    1972 – Smn Lionel GERRICKE, Sch of Signals, RhSigs, died from head injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on the Bulawayo/Salisbury road. He was 25 years old.

    1978 – Cst Edward BEREJENA, Q Tp, SU, BSAP, died in a vehicle accident in the operational area, aged 24.

    1979 – Pte Luciano Cesar MANACAS, 6 Prtn Coy, 2Bn, RDR, was shot and killed by fire from Zambia, aged 19. Luciano, at the time based at the Matetsi River Bridge between Victoria Falls and Wankie, was on the Victoria Falls bridge when the incident happened at about 0100 hrs on that Sunday morning. He fell onto the Zambian bank where his body was recovered and taken to the morgue in Livingstone. A photograph of his body, dressed in Rhodesian camouflage and identified by his brother, appeared on the front page of the Zambian Times. The newspaper claimed that Luciano was the leader of a 30-man commando intent on sabotaging the bridge. His body was not repatriated. Source: His brother Augusto Manacas.

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

     

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    • January 14, 2017
    • Piet Fourie
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