Today, 16 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.


16 Jan 1968: 65588774R 2/Lieutenant Brian John Poorter from 5 Squadron was killed when his AT-6 Harvard, Serial No 7127 suffered engine failure while on a routine low level training flight and crashed into trees on a plantation 2 miles East of Eston. He was 19.

16 Jan 1976: 72285414BA Trooper Trevor Donald Bodhill from 2 Special Service Battalion was killed while traveling along the Chitado road in Southern Angola to set up a vehicle ambush position. He was standing up in the turret of an Eland 90 armoured car when the driver lost control of the vehicle in extremely dusty conditions and the vehicle overturned. He was crushed under the vehicle turret. He was 19.

16 Jan 1983: 79297271BG Signaler Joel Johanne Schutte from the South West Africa Command Signal Unit SWATF was killed in a private motorcycle accident in Windhoek. He was 19.

16 Jan 1986: 69340255PE Sergeant John Christopher van Graan from the Far North Command Provost Unit was accidentally killed near Messina while attempting to recover a broken-down vehicle. The Bedford recovery vehicle tipped over during the recovery process, crushing him underneath the vehicle. He was 26.

16 Jan 1988: 78911203SP Rifleman Manuel Thomas from 32 Battalion was killed in a private motor vehicle accident in the Caprivi Strip. He was 37.


      1978 – DSA Charles "Charlie" JAMESON, Kp Prtn and Cpl Zefaniya LOTSHWA, Regular, Intaf, were murdered by CTs. Mrd 16-Jan-78 Killed by CTs in the Plumtree district, Op Tangent.

      1978 – DA Thomas NZUMANA, Regular, Intaf, died on active service.

      1978 – L/Cpl Stephen Bothma Bernard "Steve" ZIEGLER, G/Scts, was killed in a vehicle ambush in the Rusambo area, Op Hurricane. At the time, Steve was attached to 7(Indep) Company RR, a unit of French soldiers. 

      † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


      • January 16, 2019
      • Piet Fourie
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