Today, 24 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

24 Jan 1978: 70297262BT Private Cornelius Jacobus Borchardt from the Administrative Service Corps was killed in a military vehicle accident, at Otjiwarongo. He was 23.

24 Jan 1979: 93743334PY Rifleman Gerald Wayne Williams from 6 SAI accidentally drowned during a training exercise at the Base. He was 22.

24 Jan 1981: 78240264BG Trooper Eugene Margo Nel from 4 Vehicle Reserve Park was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned at Kroonstad. He was 19.

24 Jan 1984: 74444613BT Corporal Dawid Lambert van Niekerk from Regiment De Wet was killed instantly after being struck by lightning during a thunderstorm while in the field. He was 25.

24 Jan 1985: 81290850BG Corporal Jacobus Petrus Hall from 1 Parachute Battalion was accidentally shot dead by a fellow soldier who was on guard duty while the patrol was in a TB for the night North of Okankolo. Hall was seen moving around outside the “Security Perimeter” of their TB sometime during the night and was mistaken for a SWAPO/PLAN insurgent who were known to be in the area. The guard opened fire, killing him instantly. He was 19.

24 Jan 1985: 84069251CK Rifleman Saul Frederick de Kock from the South African Cape Corps was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned during a follow-up operation against SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Southern Angola. He was 26.

24 Jan 1985: 82901455SWK Rifleman J.H. Fillipus from 202 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN Insurgents. He was 22.

24 Jan 1987: 83347187BG Rifleman William Viljoen from 8 SAI was accidentally killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned after losing a front wheel 3km South of Ondangwa. He was thrown out of the vehicle which then rolled over him. He was 20.

24 Jan 1998: 85063097PE Sergeant Ockert Barendse from the School of Artillery accidentally drowned in Potchefstroom. He was 28.

      RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

      1974 – Tpr Leigh Anthony ROBINSON, 1st Bn, RLI, died in Salisbury Central Hospital of a pulmonary embolism arising out of a motorcycle accident at Cranborne Barracks, at the age of 22.

      1979 – Aux Cst Raja RAFU, BSAP, was killed in a CT action in the Urungwe district, Op Hurricane. Died at the age of 40. 

      † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten † 

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      • January 24, 2019
      • Piet Fourie
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