Today, 20 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

20 Jun 1963: V2124 Air Mechanic Robert Henry Mentis died from a gunshot wound accidentally sustained while stationed at Voortrekkerhoogte . He was 17.

20 Jun 1968: 65725475E Candidate Officer Pieter Frans Jurgens was killed when his AT-6 Harvard, Serial No. 7259 crashed near Dunnottar while on a routine training flight. He was 19.

20 Jun 1983: 81031940BG Trooper Jan Hendrik de Lange from 2 Special Service Battalion was killed after being struck by a bullet resulting from an accidental discharge of a fellow soldiers rifle. He was 17.

20 Jun 1984: Two members from the 2nd Battalion Transvaal Scottish accidentally drowned while their patrol was crossing the Cunene River near the Ruacana Falls. They were:

  • 78576055BT Rifleman Arthur Hendrik Boshoff. He was 21
  • 79402210BT Rifleman Leslie George Wasas. He was 21

20 Jun 1984: Special Constable Blasius Kutenda 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 25.

20 Jun 1987: 86853264SWH Rifleman K. Tjihote from 102 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN Insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 22.

20 Jun 1988: 84488105BG Rifleman Ian Michael Webb from 6 SAI died in hospital at Tsumeb after sustaining severe head injuries when the right front tyre of a SAMIL truck burst causing the driver to lose control approximately 5km past the Tsumeb turn-off. The truck had 57 troops on board and was towing a trailer with their bags and kit. The truck veered off the road and hit an embankment throwing most of the troops off the truck before rolling back into a ditch. He was 20.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1974 – Constable Richard MATAMBO, 1 Section, C Troop, Support Unit, BSAP, KIA. Killed aged 24 during a mortar and small-arms attack in Chesa African Purchase Area, Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane. Tom Thomas (Special Branch attached to Selous Scouts) was with him when he was killed. They were mortared at their base camp at Nyamahoboko at night. He was buried in Silobela on 17 June. Outpost (BSAP journal) lists Date of Death as 13 June, but his Death Notice gives Date of Death as 20 June.

1979 – Guard Steven Samson STEVEN (not his surname), 9 Group, Protected Village Protection Group, Guard Force, Mount Darwin, KIA.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • June 20, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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