Today, 3 February, 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.


03 Feb 1975: Private Henry Peter Kinnear from 1 Maintenance Unit was killed instantly during Basic Training when he was struck by lightning while participating in a route march from Lawley Bush back to camp at Lentz. He was 22.

03 Feb 1978: 76901230SP Rifleman Afonso Da Silva from 32 Battalion was Killed in Action during a contact with enemy forces at Mamuandi during Operation Seiljag. He was 22.

03 Feb 1983: 80536899BG Lance Corporal Carl Leopold Albert Craemer from 8 SAI was Killed in Action when the Buffel Troop Carrier he was driving, detonated three boosted Yugoslavian TMA-3 Anti-Tank cheese mines that were triggered by a Soviet PMN “Black Widow” Anti-Personnel Mine on the road between Oshigambo and Ondangwa. . He was 20.

03 Feb 1988: 84592641BG Lance Corporal Marius John Lecuona from 2 Special Service Battalion, attached to 61 Mech Battalion, was accidentally killed during Operation Hooper in Southern Angola. As crew commander of a Ratel 90, the command came over the radio to take cover under trees as enemy MiG-23 aircraft were approaching overhead. A thick overhanging tree branch caught the browning machine-gun mounting on his Ratel and ripped it off the Ratel chassis. The complete system struck Marius on the head, killing him instantly. He was 19.


1979 – Lt David John TAYLOR, D1 Coy, 8th Bn, RR, was killed at Dorowa Mine, Sabi TTL, in a shooting incident whilst at the troopies' canteen.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

  • February 03, 2019
  • Piet Fourie
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