Today, 19 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.


19 Jan 1951: P/2250 Warrant Officer Class 1 Petrus Jacobus Jansen van Vuuren from the South African Corps of Military Police, attached to 91 Ammunition Depot, was killed after suffering multiple injuries in an accidental explosion in the workshop of Laboratory No 1 at 91 Ammunition Depot. He was 47.

19 Jan 1964: P1/21599 Major Jean de Wet from 1 Squadron died as a result of a shooting incident at his home. The Board of Inquiry was unable to determine whether the gunshot wound that killed him was deliberately or accidentally self-inflicted. He was 32.

19 Jan 1971: 68464486E Air Mechanic Jean le Roux from 35 Squadron was killed in a private motor vehicle accident in Bellville. He was 20.

19 Jan 1979: 75385482BC Private Martin Eugene Weideman from the Air Force Gymnasium died of natural causes in 1 Military Hospital. He was 19.

19 Jan 1982: 70596960BT Rifleman Fernando José Gaspar De Sousa from 3 Parachute Battalion was critically injured on 5 January 1982 when he was accidentally driven over by a Buffel Troop Carrier at Ondangwa. Evacuated to 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria, he succumbed to his injuries on 19 January 1982. He was 28.

19 Jan 1982: Two members from 4 SAI that were attached to "A" Coy, 53 Battalion were Killed in Action near Etale Base. They were assigned to an escort detail that was to protect a Water Works JCB armoured vehicle that had the task of repairing the water pipeline between Charlie Tower at the Engela Hospital and Eenhana. On the way there, the JCB vehicle got stuck in the mud on several occasions. Reyneke and Nel got off the armoured vehicle and stayed close to the JCB with the intention of assisting it through the mud whenever it got close to getting stuck. From this point on, the going went well until the JCB detonated a boosted land mine with one of its rear wheels. Reyneke and Nel were killed instantly in the explosion. The casualties were:

  • 78532413BG Lance Corporal Johannes Gerhardus Reyneke. He was 19.
  • 79395984BG Rifleman Dudley Nel. He was 19.

19 Jan 1982: 68358688PE Flight Sergeant John Williams (Flight Engineer) from 15 Squadron was killed when his Alouette III helicopter, Serial No. 49, crashed while conducting dagga operations in conjunction with the South African Police who were destroying dagga plantations in the Greytown and Tugela Ferry area. He was 29.

19 Jan 1988: 85576734BG Rifleman Johannes Petrus Barnard from 1 SAI was killed instantly in Ratel 22a during Ops Hooper when he was struck in the head by a bullet accidentally fired from an AK-47 Assault Rifle. The Ratel Driver had acquired an AK-47 Assault Rifle somewhere as a souvenir and was playing around with it when the weapon accidentally discharged. He was 18.


      1973 – Act Sgt Frank Leslie WILMOT, C Sqn, SAS, died on a night drop into Mozambique in Rhodesia's first airborne Op since 'C' Squadron SAS had operated in Malaya. Both his main and reserve parachutes failed to open. The target was the Musengezi River in Mozambique, trying to track down the abducted Rhodesian Gerald Hawksworth. Died at the age of 29.

      1975 – L/Cpl Robert David MACDONALD, 1st Bn, RLI, died from multiple injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on the Widdecombe Road, Salisbury. He was 23 years old.

      1977 – Vdt Noel Richard LOGAN, NS Ech, and DA Mumani Matambadziko SENGERAYI, Regular, both of Intaf, were killed in the Soswe TTL, Marandellas, Op Thrasher while returning from a cattle dipping day when their vehicle was ambushed.

      1977 – Tpr Brian Maurice BRNJAC, 1st Bn, RLI, was killed in an accidental explosion from a 20mm round he was handling. Died aged 19, he is buried in the Warren Hills Cemetery, Salisbury. Of note is that his headstone does not carry his surname, but only the names "Brian Maurice." Source:

      1977 – Cst Patrick MOYO, E Tp, SU, BSAP, died in Salisbury Hospital from wounds received in an ambush two days earlier, aged 26 years.

      1979 – DA Kezias KAMBANJE, Regular, and DSAs Elliot MXOTSEWA and Durban RUKARA, MRU, all of Intaf, died on active service.

      1979 – Rfn Gifyniso Peter MATHE, Mtr Tp, 5th Bn, RR, was killed in a CT action.

      1979 –Spr Edward George VAN DER MERWE, 2 Sqn, RhE, died in a vehicle accident, aged 22. 

      † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


      • January 19, 2019
      • Piet Fourie
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