Today, 25 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.


25 Jun 1960: P/16448 Corporal Petrus Cornelius van der Merwe of the South African Air Force was killed when his Defence Flying Club Piper Cub crashed and burnt out near Pretoria while on a routine general flying training flight. He was 24.

25 Jun 1972: 68270164N Rifleman Arno Roesstroff from 1 SAI was killed after being struck by a bullet resulting from an accidental discharge of a fellow soldiers rifle. He was 19.

25 Jun 1979: 75546853BG Gunner Jeffrey James Mitchell from 4 Artillery Regiment died in 1 Military Hospital after suffering extensive burns accidentally sustained when a fuel tank exploded at the Regiment in Potchefstroom. He was 20.

25 Jun 1980: Two Members from Central Flying School Dunnottar were killed when their AT-6 Harvard, Serial No.7357 crashed 1 mile North of Dunnottar while carrying out simulated instrument flying. It was later established that the prop bearing had seized while the aircraft was still only 150m off the ground just outside the camp perimeter and the torque from the engine flicked the aircraft over causing the aircraft to crash into the ground in an inverted position. The crew were:

  • 74292442PK Lieutenant Donald Gordon Stanbury. He was 22.
  • 77566007PE Candidate Officer Lloyd Douglas Liebenberg. He was 19

25 Jun 1981: 77320972BG Lance Corporal Frederick Aspeling from North West Command was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident, at Oudtshoorn. He was 19.

25 Jun 1981: 72300676BT Corporal Johan Cornelius Du Toit from Regiment Langenhoven, attached to 52 Battalion was Killed in Action when he triggered a Soviet POMZ-2 Picket Anti-Personnel Mine 20km north of Mahanene in Southern Angola while following the spoor of SWAPO/PLAN insurgents. He was 24.

25 Jun 1981: 71010005PE Staff Sergeant Willem Marthinus Roothman from the South African Corps of Military Police was killed in a military vehicle accident in Oudtshoorn while on a call-out to investigate a case. He was 41.

25 Jun 1981: 75563106BT Signaler Dirk Jacobus Venter from 84 Signals Unit was killed in a military vehicle accident. He was 22.

25 Jun 1982: Two members from 32 Battalion were accidentally shot dead by own forces in a friendly fire incident near Evale in Southern Angola during Operation Groenslang. They were:

  • 77529360PF Corporal James Conroy. He was 20.
  • 78910668SP Rifleman Antonio Pedro Manuel. He was 32.

25 Jun 1983: 78470515PE Leading Seaman George Edward Wellington Ford from the 1st Marine Brigade, South African Marines was killed in a military vehicle accident while on deployment in Eastern Caprivi. He was 20.


No reported casualties.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • June 25, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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