Today, 11 June, 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

11 Jun 1968: 01506484R Lieutenant Johannes Viljoen from 1 Squadron was killed when his Canadair CL13B Sabre, Serial No 354 crashed near Pietersburg during a routine training flight. He was 23.

11 Jun 1985: 83890681SW Rifleman Litwayi Herbert from 202 Battalion SWATF was killed in a military vehicle accident at Vungu-Yungu. He was 20.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1976 – Rifleman Lourence Jacobus GERBER, National Service, Rhodesia Regiment, died on active service. Died from a carcinoma, aged 22. He is buried in Gwelo Cemetery.

1977 – Corporal Frank HAMP-ADAMS, Territorial, Rhodesian Intelligence Corps, KIA. Killed in a landmine explosion near Ruangwa, St Swithin's TTL, Inyanga district, Op Thrasher. Elements of Zulu Troop Support Unit were returning to the BSAP base at Ruangwa after having been picked up upon completing their patrol. The convoy consisted of a Support Unit Hyena, an RIC Land Rover driven by Frank and a Support Unit Bedford RL. The Bedford broke down and as they were fairly close to the base, Frank decided to continue as he had two terrorist sympathisers in the back of his vehicle who needed to be urgently questioned. After having travelled less than a kilometre down the road, his vehicle detonated a landmine. Frank, who was critically injured, died in the helicopter which was sent to the scene to casevac the injured. Both the terrorist sympathisers also died.

1977 – Inspector Alfred Clifford "Alf" JEARY, Uniform BSAP, killed on active service. Died when he fell off a moving vehicle in Umfuli district, Op Grapple, aged 35 years. A very competent, dedicated and extremely reliable inspector, Alf received a commendation in August 1970 for his part in the arrest of persons responsible for breaking and entering in Gwelo. Alf was buried with semi-military honours in Salisbury on 16 June.

1978 – Lance Corporal Charles Josam MACHAWI, 1st Battalion, Rhodesia Defence Regiment, killed on active service. Died aged 20 in a vehicle accident, Op Thrasher. He was a troop medic. Buried at Warren Hills Cemetery, Salisbury.

1979 – District Security Assistant Bob KUSENI, Keep Protection, Intaf, died on active service.

1979 – Acting Lance Corporal Andreas (Davison?) MAMBUME, 1st Battalion, RAR, killed on active service. Died in a vehicle accident.

1979 – Private Fibion SIBANDA, 1st Battalion, RAR, killed on active service. Died in a vehicle accident.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • June 11, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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