Heroes Acre

Our brothers in their last resting places. May you rest in peace.

The soldier stood and faced God, 
Which must always come to pass, 
He hoped his shoes were shining, 
Just as brightly as his brass. 

"Step forward now, you soldier, 
How shall I deal with you? 
Have you always turned the other cheek? 
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and 
said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't, 
Because those of us who carry guns, 
Can't always be a saint. 

I've had to work most Sundays, 
And at times my talk was tough, 
And sometimes I've been violent, 
Because the world is awfully rough. 

But, I never took a penny 
That wasn't mine to keep... 
Though I worked a lot of overtime 
When the bills got just too steep, 

And I never passed a cry for help, 
Though at times I shook with fear, 
And sometimes, God forgive me, 
I've wept unmanly tears. 

I know I don't deserve a place 
Among the people here, 
They never wanted me around, 
Except to calm their fears. 

If you've a place for me here, Lord, 
It needn't be so grand, 
I never expected or had too much, 
But if you don't, I'll understand." 

There was a silence all around the throne, 
Where the saints had often trod, 
As the soldier waited quietly, 
For the judgment of his God. 

"Step forward now, you soldier, 
You've borne your burdens well, 
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets, 
You've done your time in Hell."

Written by Sgt Joshua Helterbran

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1 Special Forces Regiment

H Carstens,                     J du Toit (Kokkie),     M Ganhao,             W de Koker

W Marx,                             (D Roxo, S Seiro, P Ribeira)
,                     F Zeelie

F Conradie,              B de Kock (Kokkie),         J Olivier,                     T van Niekerk

N Visser                            Callie Greyling

2 Special Forces Regiment

As 2 Special Forces Regiment was a Citizen Force Regiment, members who were killed in operations were usually detached to one of the full time units as part of their operations.

D Renken                    NG Clack

4 Special Forces Regiment

M Kruger,                 L van Breda,         R Liebenberg, R Liebenberg 2nd stone (In memory of)

5 Special Forces Regiment

5 Special Forces Regiment has its own cemetery at Schiettoch Base. Many deceased unit members and their relatives are buried there. Not all pictures below are of graves in that cemetery.

C Meerholz,                 C Oram,                             T Nkomo,                     (J Jansen van Rensburg, M Sukazi)

D Mauricio,                             C Mwale,         J Kudzai,         J Reeves

M Rusike,                     D Lilazi,                             I Maleta,
                            W Spies

P Ndishishi,                             D Drew,                     R Terblanche,                 R Cook

G Drake                    B Cobbold                Andre Diedericks


D du Plessis, N Helberg, (Men of EO - R Smit, C Ndlovu, L Coetzer, J Laubscher, P Nitche), T Kruger

P Carlos,             C de Wilzem

Updated : September 2016

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