Today, 20 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

20 Feb 1977: 76907470SP Rifleman H.M. Dos Santos from 32 Battalion was Killed in Action during a contact with enemy forces in Southern Angola. He was 31.

20 Feb 1981: 76225325BG Rifleman Sarel Phillippus Piek from 2 Field Engineer Regiment died in the Sick Bay at M’pacha after contracting cerebral meningitis. He was 21.

20 Feb 1983: Special Constable Johannes Joseph from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops-K Division (Koevoet) was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 23.

20 Feb 1986: 83885251SWH Rifleman I Tjisemo from 102 Battalion SWATF was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned in Northern Owamboland. He was 24.

20 Feb 1988: 72302342PM Major Edward Richard Every from 1 Squadron was Reported Missing during an Operational sortie over Southern Angola after his Mirage F1AZ 245 was shot down by a Soviet SA-13 Gopher Surface-to-Air Missile at Cuatir near Menongue. The aircraft was seen to crash in flames and disintegrate on impact with the ground. Although he has no known grave, a Tribute Memorial Grave Headstone was erected in the Military Plot of the Thaba Tshwane (Voortrekkerhoogte) New Military Cemetery in his memory. He was 31. A Special Forces team covering the area where the Mirage wreckage was located, reported a large number of FAPLA and Cuban Air Force and other Intelligence personnel picking through the wreckage and called in an artillery barrage onto the wreckage. The MRL Rocket-launcher Troop under Pierre Franken hit the spot with a half-ripple of 127mm High Explosive Fragmentation Rockets. The Special Forces Team later observed two FAPLA Ural trucks collecting the bodies of more than 143 Cuban and FAPLA personnel that were killed by this rocket barrage.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1978 – Pte Clemence Nyenye, B Coy, 1st Bn RR, KIA.

1979 – Gd Peter Saulos, PV Prtn GF, DOAS.

1980 – Spr Thomas “Taffy” Troddyn, 7 Sqn RhE, KIA from injuries sustained in a landmine explosion near the Nyamasanzdura River. They were undertaking road clearance when Taffy discovered a TM57 landmine, which had been boosted with an anti-personnel mine and two plough-shears. He was cremated and his ashes taken to Wales. Born in Wales, he served with 11 Tp, 3 Cdo, RLI in 1977-78. 

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • February 20, 2018
  • Piet Fourie
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