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"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them." [Robert Laurence Binyon]

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries following the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918; hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice ("at the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.) The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war. In South Africa, Poppy Day is not a public holiday. It takes place on the Saturday nearest to Remembrance Day, though in Cape Town a Remembrance Service is still held on 11 November each year. Commemoration ceremonies are usually held on the following Sunday, at which the "Last Post" is played by a bugler followed by the observation of a two-minute silence. The two largest commemoration ceremonies to mark the event in South Africa are held in Pretoria, at the Voortrekker Monument at the Cenotaph (where it has been held for 84 consecutive years), and at the War Memorial at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

The silence is always 2 minutes. One for the dead and one for the living. It was first proposed by the South African author Sir Percy FitzPatrick who lost his son Nugent in the war. It was used in the Cathedral in Cape Town during WW1 and proposed to King George V after the war. It was accepted by him as the single honour to those who died and fought in the Great War.


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Year of Death::
YearForce NumberRankNameUnitService
197667234162BTCplSwanepoel J.A.
8 Signal Regiment
South African Army
198068265701BTRfnBosman J.A.P.
Witwatersrand Rifles
South African Army
199279493680PELt CdrKohne R.D.
SAS Drakensberg
South African Navy
199392066364PVL/CplMontsho T.L.
3 South Afican Infantry Battalion
South African Army

Members of the SA Forces still missing or whose bodies had not been recovered

Page dedicated to the members of the SA Forces still missing or whose bodies had not been recovered, as well as those members of the SA Forces whose bodies have since been repatriated to South Africa
Unofficial SADF Roll Of Honour: 1962-1994

This is an unofficial version of the SADF Roll Of Honour, listing all those members of the SADF that died in the line of duty from the start of the SADF in 1961 to its termination in 1994. I tried to be as comprehensive as possible by using three different sources, all of which claims to be complete. It took a lot of cross referencing across sources to come up with this list, but still I cannot claim it to be the most comprehensive possible.

I do not mean to take away from any of the other publications of the Roll Of Honour, but merely attempt to provide alternative means to list, locate and find the names of loved ones that made the ultimate sacrifice.

I gratefully acknowledge the work done on the South African Roll of Honour by

  • John Dovey, who has been doing an outstanding job of hosting the ROH on his site at - I can only urge visitors to War In Angola to also visit his Roll Of Honour and also post their dedications, photos, and stories there.
  • Colonel(Ret) Graham du Toit (Facebook:, who has ceaselessly and with endless dedication been sourcing details about each individual death and posting it daily on selected groups on Facebook. His contribution is truly immeasurable! Thank you Graham!
  • The South African War Graves Project (, without which I would have not been able to start this project.

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