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.


25 Jan 1981: 76411636BG Lance Corporal Patrick Louis Walsh from the Air Force Gymnasium was killed instantly when he was struck by a bullet accidentally fired from a fellow soldiers rifle during shooting 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 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 and one member from 1 SWA Engineer Regiment were Killed in Action during a fierce engagement with SWAPO/PLAN and FAPLA forces during an attack on Mongua in Southern Angola when friendly mortar fire fell short of the target and landed on their position. They were:

  • Sergeant J Martin 101 Battalion. He was 35 
  • Rifleman H Alugodhi 101 Battalion. He was 24
  • Rifleman W Shitongeni 101 Battalion. He was 26
  • Rifleman G Shilulu 101 Battalion. He was 23.
  • 858240SCD Sapper T. Seibib from 1 SWA Engineer Regiment. He was 24. 


      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 †


      • January 25, 2017
      • Piet Fourie
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