Today, 16 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

16 Jun 1976: 7226894BT Rifleman Clifford Donald Holland from the Durban Light Infantry was killed at Ruacana when he was struck by bullet resulting from an accidental discharge of a fellow soldiers rifle. He was 19.

16 Jun 1977: 66490269BT Rifleman Stephen Jones from Regiment Schoonspruit died from a gunshot wound accidentally sustained at the Oshivello Training Area. He was 27.

16 Jun 1984: Rifleman Johann Jacobus Hurter from 1 Parachute Battalion was killed in a private motor vehicle accident. He was 24.

16 Jun 1984: Special Sergeant N. Nghifino 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 32.

16 Jun 1992: Two members from 117 Infantry Battalion were killed when their Military Vehicle was involved in a head on collision with civilian vehicle at Mankweng. They were:

  • 88731740HJ Corporal Sedima Johannes Lebepe. He was 25.
  • 88733944HJ Rifleman Kgabo Theophillus Kubjana. He was 25.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1977 – 2nd Lieutenant Derek John KINGSLEY-JONES, Sword of Honour, 1 Platoon, 4 (Independent) Company, Rhodesia Regiment, KIA. Killed in a contact, Victoria Falls National Park, Op Tangent. With the assistance of two turned CTs, Derek's platoon were able to lure ZIPRA CTs across the Zambezi and into their ambush. Derek was shot and killed in the contact that ensued

1979 – Trooper W.E. "Eike" ELSAESSER, 12 Troop, 3 Commando, 1st Battalion, RLI, KIA. Killed in the follow up of a woman who was kidnapped by CTs just outside Enterprise, during OP Mulligan (Mrs Mulligan being the person who had been kidnapped). Eike and Bruce McKend had been ordered to advance along with two others in their stick. As they approached a brick house in the kraal, they were killed instantly by 7 or 8 terrs in the building, from a distance of 10m. The K Car (alpha fit) also took hits from the ground with no known fatalities, but not before the building was riddled with bullets from the 4 Brownings, killing most occupants. It was a long contact with frantam and golf bombs being used, the fight ending just before last light.

1979 – Trooper Bruce John MCKEND, 12 Troop, 3 Commando, 1st Battalion, RLI, KIA. See Elsaesser above.

1979 – Sergeant Pieter Jacobus Stephanus "Piet" NEL, 6 (Independent) Company, RAR, killed on active service. Killed whilst trying to disarm an RPG rocket, Inyanga, Op Thrasher). He was on an active follow-up, in dire weather in the foothills of Mt Inyangani. Just before nightfall the gooks he was following stopped and tried to ambush Piet’s section, but were put to flight by Piet’s aggressive response. During this encounter a gook fired this new type of Czech rifle grenade (not an RPG ) at Piet’s group ... it armed as it was fired, but then grazed the wet ground at a shallow angle and did not detonate as it reached the troops. Piet was due to stand down the following week, having now completed his NS. He obviously felt this item would be a good memento, put it in his pack and then later, when they had based up in an outhouse on an Inyanga farm, he and the Platoon Sergeant started fiddling with the device. It exploded, killing him and blinding the Platoon Sergeant. Pieter is buried in the Umtali Cemetery.

1979 – District Security Assistant Aloys Juda KURADU , Keep Protection, Intaf, died on active service.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • June 16, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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