Today, 25 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

25 Jan 1952: P1/36594 Lieutenant Warsley Robert Christopher Doyle from the Air Operations School (AOS) Langebaanweg was killed when his Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXE, Serial No. 5503 developed engine trouble during close formation drills and crashed while he was attempting to execute a forced landing near Tulbagh. He was 29.

25 Jan 1980: Two civilian members of the public were killed when three MK Operatives entered the Volkskas Bank in Silverton (Silverton Bank Siege) and took 25 members of Staff and customers hostage. In the ensuing gun battle with Security Police, two civilians were killed, 5 civilians were wounded and all three MK Operatives were shot dead. The two civilian casualties in the Silverton Bank Siege were:

Mrs Cynthia Valeria Anderson
Mrs Anna Magrieta De Klerk

25 Jan 1981: Rifleman Stephen Stuart Whittaker from 3 SAI was Reported Missing while hitch hiking back to his Unit in Potchefstroom after spending his leave pass at the family home in Kenilworth, Cape Town. He was picked up by a motorist, Mr Pieter Du Plessis and they stopped at the Laingsburg bridge for a travel break. Unfortunately, it was that time when the river came down in flood and they were both washed away. Their bodies were never located and they remain unaccounted for. For administrative, both men were officially declared dead by Judge C.F.W. van Zyl on 03 June 1981. He was 18. Their names are perpetuated on the Memorial Plate at the Laingsburg Flood Museum.

25 Jan 1981: 76411636BG Lance Corporal Patrick Louis Walsh from the Air Force Gymnasium was killed instantly when he was struck by a bullet resulting from an accidental discharge of a fellow soldiers rifle during musketry training at Haakdoringlaagte. He was 20.

25 Jan 1983: Two members from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops-K Division (Koevoet) were Killed in Action during a Contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. They were:

  • Special Constable T. Matais. He was 33.
  • Special Constable K. Tjimbua. He was 31.

25 Jan 1987: Four members from 101 Battalion SWATF were Killed in Action during a fierce engagement with SWAPO/PLAN and FAPLA forces in Southern Angola. During the attack on Mongua, friendly mortar fire fell short of the target and landed on their position. They were:

  • Sergeant Johan Martin. He was 35 
  • Corporal H Alugodhi. He was 24
  • Rifleman W Shitongeni. He was 26
  • Rifleman G Shilulu. He was 23.

25 Jan 1987: 858240SCD Sapper T. Seibib from 1 South West Africa Engineer Regiment attached to 102 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action in a Landmine explosion in the Kaokoveld. He was 24.

25 Jan 1988: 85355840BG Airman John Hendri Flemming from the Air Force Gymnasium collapsed and died after experiencing respiratory and heart failure during physical training exercises at the Air Force Gymnasium. He was 18.

      RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

      1978 – Cst Nicholas CHIPANGURA (24), I Tp, SU, BSAP, was killed in action. Two India Troop call-signs, commanded by their Troop Commander Kiwi O'Brien and Patrol Officer Busby, came in contact with a large Group of CTs near the Devidzo Hills, Chiduku TTL. During the engagement Cst Chipangura was killed by mortar shrapnel and Cst Banda was wounded. Sadly Banda would be killed on the 26 March 1978 in a contact.

      1978 – FR Basonia MARIMIRA, PR, BSAP, was killed in a shooting accident.

      1978 – PO John Dorrel Egleton ROBEY, Uniform, BSAP, was killed in an ambush on the Tokwe River Bridge in the Lowveld, en route to investigate a mortar attack on a farmhouse, Op Repulse, at the age of 24. He was firing over the top of his Land Rover when he was hit by three rounds.

      1979 – FR Bell Reginald FRIDAY, PR, BSAP, died from wounds received in action on 24 January. 

      † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

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      • January 25, 2019
      • Piet Fourie
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