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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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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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