Today, 1 July, 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

01 Jul 1968: Two members from Central Flying School Dunnottar were killed when their AT-6 Harvard, Serial No. 7386 crashed shortly after take-off after striking High Tension Cables near Dunnottar. They were:

  • 01238625PE Captain Ernest Lodewicus Groenewald. He was 27
  • 65636458PE 2/Lieutenant Anton Fick Bosch. He was 21

01 Jul 1982: 78214962BG 2/Lieutenant Campbell Uys from 32 Battalion died from a gunshot wound accidentally sustained while he was at Buffalo Base. He was 19.

01 Jul 1983: 79437612BG Sapper Andries Petrus Burger from 1 Construction Regiment was killed when he was accidentally run over by a construction vehicle. He was 19.

01 Jul 1983: Two members from 32 Battalion were Killed in Action during a contact with enemy forces during Ops Dolfyn in Southern Angola. They were:

  • 78226370PE Sergeant Gerrit Hendrik Du Rand. He was 21
  • 83706069SP Rifleman Edwin Kasera. He was 23

01 Jul 1983: 80272099BG Corporal Andries Petrus Malan from 701 Battalion SWATF was killed when his Buffel Troop carrier overturned in the Operational Area. He was 19.

01 Jul 1983: 76554898BT Rifleman Johannes Albertus Wessels from Regiment Christiaan Beyers died from a gunshot wound accidentally sustained while he was stationed at Vhembe Base. He was 18.

01 Jul 1986: 83411314BG Rifleman Gavin Bazil Glinski from 7 SAI was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned at Ackornhoek. He was 18.

01 Jul 1989: 86245354BG 2/Lieutenant Nikolaos Sataras from Group 13 was Killed in a private motor vehicle accident at Gravelotte near Tzaneen while on official duty. He was 19.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1970 – Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) Michael Richard HILL, No. 7 Squadron, Rhodesian Air Force, killed on active service. Killed aged 29 in an air accident whilst flying an Alouette IIIB R5117 near New Sarum. Buried at Warren Hills Cemetery, Salisbury. No. 14 PTC. Squadron Leader Gordon Nettleton was killed in the same accident.

1970 – Squadron Leader (Pilot) Gordon Edward NETTLETON, No. 7 Squadron, Rhodesian Air Force, killed on active service. Killed in an air accident whilst flying an Alouette IIIB R5117 outside the main gate to New Sarum. As the helicopter came in to land, it inexplicably rolled onto its back. He was the first fatality of this helicopter squadron. Died at the age of 40. Buried at Warren Hills Cemetery, Salisbury. Flight Lieutenant Michael Hill was killed in the same accident.

1971 – Gunner Robert Elton, Depot, Rhodesian Artillery, died on active service. Died in Salisbury Central Hospital of a fat embolism. Rob was driving home from Depot in uniform, having been on weekend guard duty, when he was involved in a vehicle accident. He was 22 years old and is buried in Warren Hills Cemetery, Salisbury.

1971 – Recruit Michael Patrick OOSTHUIZEN , 1st Battalion, RLI, killed on active service. Died from injuries sustained in an accident in the Bindura area, at the age of 17. Buried Warren Hills, Salisbury.

1977 – Signalman Alexander DUBE, 6 Comp Squadron, Rhodesian Corps of Signals, died on active service.

1977 – District Assistant Mika NCUBE, Regular Intaf, murdered. Killed by CTs whilst on R&R, Mahlatini Line, Tjolotjo (Nyamandhlovu), Op Tangent.

1978 – Guard J. PHIRI, Protected Village Protection Group, Guard Force, died on active service.

1978 – Guard Gift GWATIDZO, Protected Village Protection Group, Guard Force, died on active service.

1978 – Guard S. MUCHONA, Protected Village Protection Group, Guard Force, died on active service.

1978 – Private J. SIBANDA, Regular Army, died on active service.

1979 – Sergeant Humphries MAPFUMO, Army, died on active service.

1979 – Sapper Stanford SAMSON (not his surname), Squadron, Rhodesian Corps of Engineers, KIA. Died from wounds in a CT action.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • July 01, 2016
  • Piet Fourie
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