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 Cross Country 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 SSB was killed while traveling along the Chitado road in Southern Angola to set up a vehicle ambush position. He was standing in the turret of the Eland 90 armoured car when the driver lost control in extremely dusty conditions and the vehicle overturned, crushing him under the vehicle. He was 19.

16 Jan 1986: 69340255PE Sergeant John Christopher van Graan from Far North Command Provost Unit was killed at 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.


      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, 2017
      • Piet Fourie
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