Graham Leslie McCallum

The tree of happiness flowers and fruits most abundantly for the creative man

SADF – Military Service through the eyes of an 18 year old – Mortar Platoon, 3 SAI, O Company, 1984 Intake, Potchefstroom

My Eye, Graham Leslie McCallum

Before heading out for 3rd Phase Training at Bloekombos, Modderfontein Training Ground outside Potchefstroom, our platoon was photographed. Unfortunately, not all our platoon members were present, and several additional members were added to our number later in our training. We all got to know each other pretty well over the 2 years, and I have reflected many times over the past 30 years about my fellow platoon members. Obviously, one got to know some platoon members better than others, especially those in one’s own section. One of the platoon, Gustave Shaun Weber, was to become my brother-in-law. On occasion – we will reminisce about those long-gone times, usually about something humorous.

This occasion was a pivotal and life-changing one for me, for while sitting thoughtfully on the steps to the small amphitheatre in front of our barracks and waiting for the arrival of the photographer – I listened intently to the conversation of the chaps around me. The conversation was about what each would do when they finished their military service and returned to civilian life. Each enthusiastically related what they planned to do as a career, what they were going to do in their spare time, what they were going to buy and who they were going to meet. Many had their lives well charted and were eagerly anticipating their eventual freedom. All planned to find a sexy girlfriend, some to settle down to married life. All the chaps wanted to buy ‘wheels’ (cars) to get around in, most saw this as a priority before meeting the girl.

I knew my life was going to be somewhat different to my comrades, for starters I was gay and any chance of a normal life and relationship were almost unthinkable at the time, most certainly unexpressible. I was proven wrong in this for I did find that special person with whom I have been attached to for over 22 years. Sitting there that day – I determined that I was going to lead a life devoted to creative and artistic pursuits. Fortune from above, circumstances, the generosity of family and loved-ones have granted this to me. I trust that the rest of my platoon with whom I spent those eventful 2 years have found the same life satisfaction and fulfillment.

Johan Jurie Bezuidenhout, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. F J Bezuidenhout, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Deon Botes,  3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Deon Botes,  3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Sarel Brits, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Sarel Brits, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Marius Malherbe, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn Marius Malherbe, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Johan D. Basson 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn Johan D. Basson 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

A G. Di Castri, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn Amedeo Di Castri, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Gary G. Bennetts, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Gary G. Bennetts, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Kevin Breedt, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Kevin Breedt, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Miles G. Platt, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Miles G. Platt, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Mark W. Hardy, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Mark W. Hardy, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Desmond Izatt, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Desmond Izatt, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Craig Kurland, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Craig Kurland, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Shaun Gustave Weber, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Gustave (Shaun) Weber, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Pieter Koen, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Pieter Koen, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

F. J. Bezuidenhout, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. J. J. Bezuidenhout, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Willem J. Durandt, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Willem J. Durandt, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake. RIP

Pieter H. M. Wessels, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Pieter H. M. Wessels, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Marius Venter, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Marius Venter, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Rfn Graham Leslie McCallum, SADF, Military

Rfn. Graham Leslie McCallum, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

J. Mark Williams, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. J. Mark Williams, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Glen B. Watson, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Glen B. Watson, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Pierre U. Russouw, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Pierre U. Russouw, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Gary M. Kinsey, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Gary M. Kinsey, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Deon B. Van Tonder, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Deon B. Van Tonder, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Wayne S Jelley, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Wayne S Jelley, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake. RIP

Richard H. De Villiers, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Richard H. De Villiers, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Flavius C. A. Scarpa, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Flavio C. A. Scarpa, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Graeme M. Pelser, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Graeme M. Pelser, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Eugene Potgieter, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Eugene Potgieter, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Andre' De Beer, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Andre’ De Beer, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Craig L. Houston, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Craig L. Houston, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Grant T. Anderson, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Grant T. Anderson, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Zayne R. Newlands, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Zane Robertson Newlands, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake. RIP

Kevin I. Goldstone, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Kevin I. Goldstone, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Eric T. Lewis, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Eric T. Lewis, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

Pieter Van Der Merwe, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake, Military

Rfn. Pieter Van Der Merwe, 3 SAI, O Coy, 1984 Intake.

ADDITIONAL PLATOON MEMBERS…

Mallon

Krause

Viljoen

Lourens

Botha

T. Bedford

Pieter Van Graan

Frank Leone

Christo Schwab

Medic John Crawford

John proctor

Trollip

Byleveld

Keyes

Pretorius

Harman

Oberholzer

Wilson

Van Zyl

Hattingh

O’Hare

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