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446 [Furstenburg, J.P.A., Sgt] 4th South African Infantry
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Ive been reading "Judasbok" by Capt Wynand du Toit - the Recce who was captured and held prisoner in Angola... he was trained in basics by Sgt Furstenburg who was also a friend of Wynands brother Lt Kokkie du Toit also a Recce. Wynand tells a story of Sgt Furstenburg chasing a platoon because one of them had forgotten to shave that morning - he chased them so hard that they eventually beat up the guy who hadnt shaved.... Wynand claims this was the guy who later shot the Sgt in the ambush ...
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David Sheldon sheldonfam@gmail.com 2018-06-21 01:58:36
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1520 [Van Wyk, L.F., L-Cpl] Unknown
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Leon volunteered to replace an indisposed tank driver in the battle that claimed his life on Op Hooper. His tank detonated a land mine. While they were busy repairing the track, they were bombarded by M46 artillery guns. They scrambled to get back into the tank and his tanl was hit by an M46 when he was closing his hatch. He was killed outright. From what I heard he was about 33 years old and left a wife and two daughters and was a manager of a Checkers store in civilian life.
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Fanus van der Merwe Fanusvdm@gmail.com 2018-06-11 12:12:51
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900 [Maritz, J.P., Cpl] 3rd South African Infantry
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I knew Hans fairly good. We were in the same platoon in 3 SAI (not 3rd SAI), then in Potchefstroom. I still have a group picture of our platoon, taken in 1978 before I had moved out to a newly established 81 mm platoon. He died with L/Cpl (Cpl?) Nienaber and Rfn "Jorrie" Jordaan on 15 August 1979 in an anti-personnel mine incident, in Southern Angola. They were said to be clearing a previous enemy base/site if I remember from what was said at the annual SADF Wall of Remembrance memorial service on 27 May 2018. There was somebody else who laid wreaths there for them, but I have not yet been able to establish who it was. If anybody has more information, I would really appreciate it very much.
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Andre Eagar Aeagar@mweb.co.za 2018-05-27 13:14:19
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1063 [Nienaber, F.L., Cpl] Unknown
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If we are referring to the same person, there was a L/Cpl Nienaber who died with Cpl Hans (JB) Maritz and Rfn "Jorrie" Jordaan on 15 August 1979 in Southern Angola, following an anti-personnel mine incident. We laid wreaths for them at the SADF Wall of Remembrance on 28 May 2018. We were all from 3 SAI (not 3rd SAI), then in Potchefstroom. I still have the group picture that was taken of us before I had moved out to the newly established 81 mortar platoon. Anybody who has more information, is requested to please contact me below.
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Andre Eagar Aeagar@mweb.co.za 2018-05-27 13:03:56
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7259 [Battson/Batson, E., Drv] Army Service Corps
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This person could be Edward Battson who was born in 1868 in Barking, Essex, his father, Joseph, was 31 and his mother, Eliza, was 30. He had three brothers and five sisters,He died 09 Mar 1900 ??? Sterkstroom, Cape Colony, South Africa
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James Bedford a distant relation bedfordjames@me.com 2018-05-21 02:09:46
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1378 [Swanepoel, M., L-Cpl] Dog Training Centre
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89280580BG Lance Corporal Adrian Marcel Juskiewicz was my brother. The news of his death was devastating for our family... but the funeral was there saddest of all. Watching his fellow soldiers deal with the pain of saying goodbye to one of the own was heartbreaking. I remember the beautiful send off, the way those ???boys??? stood to attention and held back their tears. I can just imagine how haunting this experience must have been for all the soldiers at Borkes Luck Dog Unit. I still have his beret and the plague my mom received at his medal parade. The men who died as a result of fighting those veld fires are true heroes. Not a day goes by that I don???t think of Adrian.
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Christine Dalzell dalzellcj14@gmail.com 2018-04-30 07:48:18
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726 [Koorts, E.P., Cpl] 8th South African Infantry
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I will never forget the day Corporal Koorts was killed either. We had just come back from leave and he was with his family in Tulbag waiting to board the bus. Me and my friend we used to call whitey were sitting next to each other and still said we hope he does not come and sit near us...And guess what he came and plonked himself down in the middle of us. Still clearly remember how his family waved him goodbye little knowing it would be there last time they see him alive. When we arrived back at 8 SAI we went to Riemvasmaak and they were deployed to the border. I will never forget the day we received the news about there deaths and what my friend Whitey had said just before it happened. Well to all 12 of those soldier boys who died that day I salute you and may your souls rest in peace.
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Timothy Louw timothyl@fidelitydecurity.co.za 2018-04-11 03:16:07
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990 [Moss, H.S.L., Rfn] Kaffrarian Rifles
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I escaped this tragedy by having to remain in base camp to stay with an ill colleague. I was standing at the ops tent listening to the events as they unfolded. The vehicle involved was the vehicle used by the mortar platoon fondly named "Mortigers". Hendrick Goosen, I had forgotten that you were a member of our platoon. I have many memories of the time on the border with Manie. He will never be forgotten!
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Bill White thewhites1@telkomsa.net 2018-03-26 08:27:05
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47 [Barnard, J.P., Rfn] 1st South African Infantry
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I was there the day this accident happened , roughly 300 meters away. a member of his section or platoon had picked a AK 47 off the ground ,it was covered in mud and badly rusted. The person who had picked up the rifle instinctively pulled the trigger ,one shot ran out he was standing close by and he was hit in head ,he was killed straight away. I remember it like it was yesterday, the priest can there was nothing anybody could do At the time this had a profound effect on all the men who had experienced this incident and that in a ops theater things just happen so unexpectedly.
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Jason c.t.s Rout 83358689 BG jsprojects@telkomsa.net 2018-03-13 13:16:41
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501 [Gibbon, R.S., Cpl] Unknown
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Trevor Gibbon tg@live.co.za 2018-02-22 23:58:26
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501 [Gibbon, R.S., Cpl] Unknown
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See battle of Ebo story and mention of Robert Gibbon
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Trevor Gibbon tg@live.co.za 2018-02-22 23:55:32
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