Today, 9 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.

SOUTH AFRICAN BORDER WAR

09 Feb 1935: 43282 Trooper Louis Lourens Erasmus from Charlie Company, Special Service Battalion died after suffering cardiac failure in 1 Military Hospital. He was 21.

09 Feb 1977: 72253644KT Rifleman Frederick Francois Oosthuizen from Meyerton Commando was killed after suffering a fatal gunshot wound resulting from an accidental discharge of a fellow soldiers rifle while his patrol was busy preparing an ambush position north of Oshakati. He was 20.

09 Feb 1981: 76556836BG Rifleman Petrus Johannes Lombard from 11 Commando Regiment was found dead at the Unit with a gunshot wound to the head, apparently self-inflicted with his R1 Rifle. He was 20.

09 Feb 1983: Rifleman Richard Cameron from the South African Army died from a gunshot wound apparently self-inflicted. He was 19.

09 Feb 1987: 83492959BG Corporal Marius Viljoen from 2 Special Service Battalion was killed at the Rooisloot Training Area at Zeerust when his Eland 90 Armoured Car overturned during training exercises. He suffered extensive internal injuries when he was thrown out of the hatch. He was 19.

09 Feb 1990: 86475867BG Rifleman Gerhard Paul Heine from 5 SAI was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident at Umhlanga Rocks. He was 19.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1973 –Col Robert Hugh Bathgate JOHNSTON, Dir, Mil Studies, Army, died on active service.

1976 – Stella Mary Beatrice SMITH, S Inf, RWS, died from multiple injuries in Andrew Fleming Hospital, Salisbury, aged 49.

1978 – Cst Cosmos MUKWAIRA, Uniform, BSAP, died on active service in Nuanetsi district, Op Repulse, aged 25.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • February 09, 2019
  • Piet Fourie
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