Consolidating school and keeping morale high
They were sadly taken away whilst on static duty on Raglin Road in Grahamstown when their Buffel rolled and they were thrown out. Fighting soldiers from the sky Fearless men who jump and die Men who mean just what they say The brave men of the Maroon Beret Silver wings upon their chest These are men, South Africa's best One hundred men will test today But only three win the Maroon Beret Trained to live off nature's land Trained in combat, hand-to-hand Men who fight by night and day Courage peak from the Maroon Berets Silver wings upon their chest These are men, South Africa's best One hundred men will test today But only three win the Maroon Beret Back at home a young wife waits Her Maroon Beret has met his fate He has died for those oppressed Leaving her his last request Put silver wings on my son's chest Make him one of South Africa's best He'll be a man they'll test one day Have him win the Maroon Beret. Xg6By20I grew up in front of Russell, on Vaal Reefs Gold Mine, in the (then) Western Transvaal (now North West). My mom and Diane are still best friends and visit each other every year. Barrington was a rifleman from 6SAI, Foxtrot Company, Platoon 4 and was a pleasant well mannered and popular chap.May God let their souls rest in peace as they might have gone, but they are not forgotten. (Echo company '84 to '86, 6SAI)Operasie Kropduif (die aanval op Eheke) op 28 Oktober 1977, sou die donkerste dag in die geskiedenis van die Suid Afrikaanse Spesiale Magte se bestaan wees. As company signal officer I was in transit and detached to this platoon on that fateful rainy night.Before the men could extricate themselves, their Ratel 90 was hit and destroyed at point blank by a Soviet T-55 tank shell. Information extracted from Avontuur in Angola by Sophia du Preez (J. van Schaik 1989) My father died on 14 September 1985 on my 8th birthday, they day he was suppose to return home from the border. After passing a waterhole near a village his platoon was ambushed. When his mate got to him he told him to leave him and to help the more badly wounded chaps. A terrible accident, where one of the guys accidentally discharged his rifle one evening while all of us were sitting around chatting. Not many people know that Peter Atherton was an amateur boxer of note. n RPG, Grant Clark, nog een, dan Antonie Badenhorst en dan Luit Chris Strydom. Hy haal sy pistool uit en veg met sy linkerhand verder. Barrie's was part of the SWA forces and he along with Tillo von Brandis were send to the SA in 1986 for training.The tank round penetrated the Ratel through the side door and detonated inside the main ammunition storage container. I am turning 40 this year and always wonder what our lives would have been like if he survived. He died shortly after.: 89072623CK Rifleman Derio Arendse from the 2nd Battalion South African Cape Corps was critically injured in a military vehicle accident on 07 September 1990 and succumbed to his injuries in hospital on 09 September 1990. We tried to stop the bleeding, but the bullet had entered his back, through his chest, and got lodged in his thumb. I regret the fact that Brian Mitchell forgot about Peter. I believe that had Peter not been killed during National Service, he would undoubtedly have ranked among our greatest boxers ever. Aan hulle regterkant is nog groepe besig om vorentoe te beweeg. Die seksie aan die linker flank het vasgeloop in die deel waar die basis se loopgrawe 90 grade wegswaai van die lyn van die aanval. Hierdie toeloop van gebeure sou die lewe van ses jong mans kos. Die eerste om te val was FC van Zyl, die man wat die res van die seksie geinspireer het toe niemand meer lus was nie. Wentzel Marx, Gary Walker, Grant Clark, Antonie Badenhorts sneuwel almal. I have some photos of him that I would like to give to his family.we trained and lived 32 but the fallen where never put on record, just a piss up at buffalo. in southern Angola, a 32 Battalion anti-tank Ratel commanded by 2Lt J. Alves was engaged in combat with FAPLA T-55 tanks, and became bogged down in a muddy shona. Toe die gunner weer om die boom kruip skiet Gert Eksteen hom met sy pistool dood. Hy beweeg terug, waar hy Kapt Meerholz aantref met ? Hy help Meerholz so aba-aba terug na die mediese pos. The tracker told me afterwards we should have shot him. If this is the J Barnard that i served with he was killed at Epupa falls in the Kokoveld(sector 10 ) in May/ June of 1987.
During the night there was heavy rainfall, in order to relieve himself Barrington walked out of the ambush position in a sotherly direction, on his return to his position and in the pouring rain a comrade mistakingly shot him.
Jef, as we knew him, died in a Ratel ICV accident while on a practical driving route.
The Ratel was on the downhill side of a mountain pass, and had to move over to the far left of the dirt road to allow a fully laden timber vehicle pass.
He was called up to Medics in July 1981 to Klipdrift, Potchefstroom, where he completed basic training.
From there Peter commenced his Ops Medic training at 1 Military Hospital and then SAMS College, Voortrekkerhoogte, where he completed the course in March 1982.