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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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http://flecha.co.uk/battle_for_ebo.html
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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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230 [Cobbold, D.C., 2Lt] Reconnaissance Regiment (5th)
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I have read the tributes to Dylan "Bobby" Cobbold whom I met during battle group training as we prepared to Operation Firewood just outside Ondangwa. Dylan and I struck up a conversation in the Officers Mess as being two of the very few English officers there, it was a natural gravitation towards each other. I went to Durban High School (DHS) whilst Dylan was a Maritzburg College boy - great rivalry between those two schools which gave us much to rib and rag each other about. After each day of training, we would meet up in the Mess to chat. I had been to Maritzburg University before my national service, and Dylan would tell me about the farm in Winterton and how he was going to study Agriculture when he "klaared out" in December. Then we were on our way to Indungo to attack the SWAPO base which contained the SWAPO special forces known as "Typhoon force". I commanded 4 x 81mm mortars which were mounted on Ratels for maneuverability. We were woefully under strength in terms of support fire. The last time I saw Dylan was the night before the battle - we had a beer together and we wished each other luck. The battle raged all day - there was a terrible contact on my left where 101 battalion was ambushed and my Ratels were requested to come forward to provide covering fire to remove the casualties and damaged vehicles .......and then we fled under cover of darkness as we had not taken the objective and SWAPO reinforcements were on their way. It was the next morning that I heard that Dylan had been killed !!! I remember walking to a tree and sitting down, putting my head in my hand. No tears, not emotion - just numbness !!! Then I vomited. It was 31st October 1987. RIP my friend from so long ago. I have thought of you long and often and have battled to tell the story of the horror we went through. Snatched away from life at such a young age. I did not know you well but I DID KNOW YOU !! I need to visit your gravestone at Maritzburg College to pay my respects. It has been far too long.
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Bruce Nozaic ( Lt ) 7 SAI 81mm Platoon commander - Operation Firewood nozaicb@sabje.co.za 2018-02-09 11:12:42
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930 [Mc Cann, M.S., 2Lt] Unknown
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Michael was at the Infantry School with myself, Greg Jones, Hotel Company Platoon 2. We were great friends, as was Peter Moore from Uitenhage. We spent our TUIN ops time together at Oshevelo gate and later at Ruacanna, Hurricane base.Michael and myself actually applied for the same posting, hoping that both of us would end up in SWA together. This never happened, I was sent to Grahamstown and ended up at Group 7 Ops room. The story from the Rev above is correct. We got the message in the Ops room the morning it happened! RIP Mike!
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80325012 Major Gregory Jones gjones@srcc.co.za 2018-02-08 06:21:34
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1055 [Neuhoff, J.F., Lt] 85 Combat Flying School
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Lt. Neohoff was the pilot of a Impala that crashed into a mountain near Pietersburg. This was one of three accidents that year. The other two was Maj. Miller and Maj. Turner who also died.
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Erasmus van Staden rassievstaden@gmail.com 2018-02-03 02:23:27
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36159 [Jacot, E., Lt] Royal Flying Corps
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Edouard Jacot passed the matriculation examination of the University of the Cape of Good Hope in 1905. Continuing his studies at the South African College, Cape Town, he was awarded the degree Bachelor of Arts (BA) with honours in physics by the University of the Cape of Good Hope in 1908. In 1910 he won the 1851 Exhibition Science Research Scholarship at the South African College and in 1913 succeeded W.H. Logeman* as lecturer in physics at the college. Towards the end of 1915, during World War I (1914-1918), he left on military service and was reported missing in action in 1917. During his short career Jacot produced several scientific papers: "The effect of the electric discharge on water vapour" (with W.H. Logeman; Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, 1910, Vol. 2, pp. 137-155); "The reflection of X-rays" (Nature, 1913); "On a relation between ionization by cathode rays and certain chemical effects" (The London, Edinburgh and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, 1913); "The radio activity of the atmosphere" (Report of the South African Association for the Advancement of Science, 1914, pp. 271-); and "Measurement of the natural ionisation of the air" (Ibid, 1915, p. 266-). Jacot was a member of the Royal Society of South Africa.
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C. Plug plugc@mweb.co.za 2018-01-28 23:55:52
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364 [Dougall, A.S., Rfn] Unknown
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Andrew was based at Natal Command. They went for a run around Greyville Race Course and Andrew collapsed he was brought back to Natal Command by the Medics to the Doctors Rooms where he unfortunately passed away. I was present in the Doctors rooms when they brought Andrew in I was awaiting an X ray on my leg i was on leave from 5 SAI Andrew and I were friends at school and sat next to one another in class
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James Morley james2morley@yahoo.com 2018-01-06 14:08:23
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421 [Els, C.P., Lt] Special Service Battalion (1st)
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Lt Els was my Squadron Commander on that fateful day. The tragedy of his death is all that i can recall, other than Marius and Sean, my fellow crew members. Everything that followed is a daze. R.I.P.
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Roderick Mattheyse rod@crawco.co.za 2017-12-31 08:57:49
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1062 [Niemand, N.W., Rfn] Special Service Battalion (1st)
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28 Dec 1983: 82475815BG Trooper Norman Walter Niemand from 1 Special Service Battalion attached to 61 Mechanised Battalion Group, was Killed in Action in Southern Angola when his Ratel 90 (call sign 33C) was struck by a Soviet 122mm BM-21 Katyusha Rocket during an enemy bombardment whilst in laager with an Artillery Section during Ops Askari. He was 19.

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John Dovey dovey.john@gmail.com 2017-12-29 11:21:42
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