Today, 22 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.


22 Jan 1983: 78439114BG Leading Seaman Hendrik Jacobus Kemp from 111 Harbour Protection Unit, South African Marine Corps was Killed in Action when his Buffel Troop Carrier detonated a double Cheese mine in Northern Owamboland. He was 20.

22 Jan 1984: 81026494BG Corporal Terence van den Dool from 3 SAI was Reported Missing while swimming with his friends at Hippo Pool, Ruacana. He vanished under the water and despite an intensive search, his body was never recovered. It was thought that he may have been a victim of a crocodile attack. He has no known grave and was officially declared dead in 1986. He was 19.

22 Jan 1987: Two members from 1 SWA Engineer Regiment SWATF attached to 102 Battalion SWATF were Killed in Action when their Buffel Troop Carrier detonated a double boosted Yugoslavian TMA-3 Cheese Mine on the Epupa Road in Southern Angola. They were:

  • 82650490SCE Corporal Jose Miguel Rodrigues Carreira. He was 20.
  • 8265431SCE Lance Corporal Nicolaas Willem Barnard. He was 20. 


      1970 – Pte Ignasio Mugani ANASI, 1st Bn, RAR, was killed by a gunshot wound in a contact on Op Teak south of the Victoria Falls. Died aged 29.

      1970 – Tpr Anthony John "Tony" BRADING, 1 Trp, 1 Cdo, 1st Bn, RLI, was killed in a contact with ZAPU insurgents, Ntondongwe fly gate area, just north of the boundary of the Doma Safari area, Sipolilo district, during Op Birch, aged 21. With a JOC established at Mangula, elements of 1 Cdo followed spoor for three days, eventually making contact on the 21st. Early the following morning, contact was again made, and in an ensuing firefight, Tony was shot and killed. All three CTs were killed. Lt Bruce Snelgar (KOAS 26 Sept 1979) and Tpr McMaster were both wounded in the contact.

      1978 – Gd Fanwell KUSHAMBA, PV Prtn Group, GF, died of injuries received in a landmine detonation.

      1978 – Cpl Alan Meredith "Cocky" TRIGG, A Coy, 8th Bn, RR, was killed by "friendly fire" in an ambush on a farm in the Fort Victoria area.

      1978 – Rfn Romain Henry VAN DER MARK, Spt Coy, 10th Bn, RR, died on active service.

      1979 – DSAs Eric Wise CHIMAMBO, Denja CHIMBEYA and Stain Nemera MAPIYE, all of Kp Prtn, Intaf, died on active service.

      1980 – Gd J. MFANYANA, RHQ Charlie, Op Repulse, GF, died on active service. 

      † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


      • January 22, 2017
      • Piet Fourie
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