Today, 26 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

26 Jun 1977: 73553401BA Gunner Willem Christiaan Lentink from 14 Artillery Regiment was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident in Pretoria. He was 20.

26 Jun 1977: 71440051BT Rifleman Christiaan Hendrik van der Westhuizen from the Witwatersrand Rifles was killed when he accidentally fell off the back of a moving Unimog. He was 21.

26 Jun 1994: 85256675PE Captain Frederick Petrus Stephanus Roux from 5 Reconnaissance Regiment was killed when the Vlermuis vehicle in which he was travelling as a passenger, overturned at Kosi Bay. He was 25.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1976 – Warrant Officer 2 Jan Andries "Jannie" NEL MLM, 4 Troop, Selous Scouts, KIA. Died aged 30 from gunshot wounds whilst trying to clear a double-storey house in Mapai, Mozambique - Op Long John. His posthumous citation states that he was deployed on small three-man clandestine ops for almost 2 years, many of which were successful. He displayed outstanding qualities of leadership and courage. Lt Dale Collett SCR was seriously wounded in this same attempt at clearing this house. Cremated at Warren Hills, Salisbury.

1977 – Rifleman Ian Keith BROWN, 2 (Independent) Company, Rhodesia Regiment, died on active service. Killed when the vehicle they were travelling in detonated a boosted landmine. Allan Hill and Hayden MacKenzie were killed in the same explosion.

1977 – Lance Corporal Allan Michael HILL, 2 (Independent) Company, Rhodesia Regiment, died on active service. Killed when the vehicle they were travelling in detonated a boosted landmine.

1977 – Rifleman Hayden Hector MACKENZIE, 2 (Independent) Company, Rhodesia Regiment, died on active service. Killed when the vehicle they were travelling in detonated a boosted landmine

1978 – Corporal Kenneth Michael "Mike" MICHELL, Rhodesian Intelligence Corps, KIA. Killed in a landmine explosion in the Mtetengwe TTL, Beitbridge area. A combined BSAP/Army patrol had been operating from the BSAP base at Latumba at the time. The blast blew Mike and the spare wheel off the vehicle with the spare landing on Mike's chest. Water in the tyres, to deflect heat from landmine blasts, made the wheel extremely heavy and Mike died from shock when the wheel was lifted from him.

1978 – Private Macdonald PHIRI, 4th Battalion, Rhodesia Regiment, KIA. Died from wounds received in a terrorist action.

1979 – Captain Martin Frank PEARSE SCR (01/06/79), M.F.C. (Ops) (26/09/75), C Squadron, SAS, KIA. Died in an accident involving a bunker bomb which caused a wall to collapse on Pearse during Op Carpet in Lusaka Zambia. His SCR citation states that he displayed great attention to detail and strong personal leadership whilst leading various C Squadron assaults on CT camps both internally and externally. His MFC (Ops) citation states that, after lying in ambush in difficult terrain for several days, they engaged the enemy, killing 13 CTs. His skill and determination were commended.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • June 26, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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