Today, 19 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

19 Jun 1968: 65784381N Candidate Officer Alwyn Johannes Botha from Regiment Molopo was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident 7 miles from Zeerust. He was 18.

19 Jun 1973: 66280983V 2/Lieutenant Hendrik Willem Alberts from 4 Squadron was killed when his Atlas MB326M Impala Mk I, Serial No. 547 crashed near Masito while engaged in Operation Brolly Tree 3, a training exercise that was being carried out in the Zeerust area. He rolled his aircraft in onto the designated “enemy” target but failed to recover from the dive and flew into the ground. He was 23.

19 Jun 1975: 05533419PE Sergeant Daniel Johannes Labuschagne from 19 Squadron was killed in a military vehicle accident in Rhodesia. He was 30.

19 Jun 1975: 72348725N Rifleman Diederick Johannes Vorster from Services School was accidentally killed when struck by a bullet resulting from the accidental discharge of a fellow soldiers rifle while he was stationed at Oshakati. He was 19.

19 Jun 1976: 72473226BC Corporal Robert Sheppard Gibbon from 1 Special Service Battalion was killed in a military vehicle accident. He was 19.

19 Jun 1979: Two members from 8 SAI were killed when their Buffel Troop Carrier overturned at Oshivello. They were:

  • 76344886BG Rifleman Daniel Johannes Mocke. He was 19
  • 75528372BG Rifleman Gerritt Franchois Roos. He was 19

19 Jun 1980: 77367367BG Rifleman Jacobus Frederick van den Bergh from 53 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action when his patrol was ambushed by SWAPO/PLAN insurgents near Etale Base. He was 19.

19 Jun 1985: 81249591BG Private Johannes Philippus Prinsloo from 101 Base Workshops was killed in a military vehicle accident at Bagani. He was 20.

19 Jun 1987: 78414356BG Lance Corporal Gerhardus Christiaan Meyer from the Technical Service Corps was killed in a military vehicle accident at the Army Battle School at Lohatla. He was 24.

19 Jun 1987: 79521167BT Rifleman Adriaan Gerhardus Riekert from the Brakpan Commando was killed in a military vehicle accident in Brakpan. He was 24.

19 Jun 1987: 87067039CK Rifleman Willem Uithaler from the South African Cape Corps was killed after being struck bullet resulting from the accidental discharge of a fellow soldiers rifle while at the Touw’s River Training Area. He was 23.

19 Jun 1992: 77015311PE Warrant Officer Class 1 Johannes Jacobus Fourie from 10 Engineer Squadron was critically injured in a military vehicle accident on 15 June 1992. He was admitted to the Pietersburg Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on 19 June 1992. He was 45.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1969 – Constable KECHE, Uniform BSAP, killed on active service. Died in a vehicle accident on the Salisbury/Norton road. He was 25 years old and is buried in Gutu.

1975 – Air Sub-Lieutenant (Pilot) Raymond John BOULTER, No. 4 Squadron, Rhodesia Air Force, killed on air service. Killed in an air accident flying a Provost T52 R6309 6 miles south east of Gwelo, Op Grapple. Died aged 26. Buried in the Athlone Cemetery, Bulawayo.

1976 – Temporary Corporal Lucas Gerhardus KLOPPER, 10 Troop, 2 Commando, 1st Battalion, RLI, killed on active service. Killed in an accident at Gatooma. He was 25 years old and is buried in Hartley.

1977 – District Assistant Vudzijena MAPENDERE, Regular Intaf, died on active service.

1977 – District Security Assistant MUNGATE, Keep Protection, Intaf, died on active service.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • June 19, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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  • May 27, 2017
  • Magda Pretorius

Thank you Piet for publishing. Never forgotten Adrian Riekert. He is still missed dearly after 30 years?