Today, 15 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

15 Jun 1962: PX/23850 2/Lieutenant Johan Andries De Bruine from 1 Squadron was killed in when his Canadair CL13B Sabre, Serial No. 351 crashed near Pienaarsriver. He was 23.

15 Jun 1975: Rifleman Rumai Teteko from Alpha Group (Later 31 Battalion) was killed after being attacked and trampled to death by an enraged Buffalo while on Patrol in Southern Angola. He was 22.

15 Jun 1977: Two civilians were shot dead by two MK Operatives, Solomon Mahlangu and Monty Motaung in the John Orr Warehouse in Goch Street, Johannesburg. During a shoot-out with Security Police, both men were arrested. Solomon Mahlangu was later sentenced to death and hanged in 1979 while Monty Motaung was found unfit to stand trial. The two civilian casualties in this terror incident were:

  • Mr Rupert Kessner
  • Mr Kenneth Wolfendale

15 Jun 1978: 75474528BG Bombardier Christo Loots from 4 Artillery Regiment was killed at Oshakati after being struck by a bullet resulting from an accidental discharge of a fellow soldiers rifle. He was 19.

15 Jun 1981: 70344411BT Rifleman Peter Andre Clifford Meyers from 6 SAI was accidentally killed after suffering severe head injuries when he fell 10m from a slide during training at Grootfontein. He was 26.

15 Jun 1993: 88344049BG Rifleman Johan Cloete from 8 SAI died from a gunshot wound accidentally sustained in a shooting incident at Boskop. He was 21.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1973 – Sergeant Michael Broad WELLS, 1st Field Regiment, Rhodesian Artillery, killed on active service. Died as a result of an earlier vehicle accident. Died in Salisbury Central Hospital aged 29. Cremated at Warren Hills, Salisbury.

1976 – Sapper Douglas Ian Bignell "Doug" BATES, 3 Squadron, Rhodesian Corps of Engineers, KIA. Died aged 24 from gunshot wounds, in a vehicle ambush whilst clearing roads in the Honde Valley, Op Thrasher. Cremated at Warren Hills, Salisbury.

1976 – Rifleman John Gibbs CREWE, 5 (Independent) Company, Rhodesia Regiment, KIA. Died aged 19 from gunshot wounds, in a contact at Nagaone Business Centre near Chipinga, Op Thrasher. Three CTs were encountered at a school; two were killed but, a third took cover in the bush from where he shot and killed Mark Torrington and John Crewe. A third rifleman was seriously wounded. Corporals Rich Ament and Rob Smith were awarded Bronze Crosses for bravely recovering the two fatalities and their wounded comrade. Buried in the Athlone Cemetery, Bulawayo.

1976 – Rifleman Mark TORRINGTON, 5 (Independent) Company, Rhodesia Regiment, KIA. Died aged 19 from gunshot wounds, in a contact at Nagaone Business Centre near Chipinga, Op Thrasher. Three CTs were encountered at a school; two were killed but, a third took cover in the bush from where he shot and killed Mark Torrington and John Crewe. A third rifleman was seriously wounded. Corporals Rich Ament and Rob Smith were awarded Bronze Crosses for bravely recovering the two fatalities and their wounded comrade. Buried in the Athlone Cemetery, Bulawayo.

1976 – Trooper Christopher Simon Handel SKINNER, 1 Squadron, Rhodesian Armoured Car Regiment, killed on active service. Killed by an accidental gunshot wound to the head, Addams Barracks, Umtali, Op Thrasher. He was 24 years old and is buried in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

1977 – District Security Assistant Edward NEMACHENA, Keep Protection, Intaf, killed on active service. Killed in Rushinga, Op Hurricane, aged 16.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • June 15, 2016
  • Piet Fourie
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