DELVILLE WOOD

LONGUEVAL - SOMME - FRANCE

REBURIAL OF THREE SOUTH AFRICAN SOLDIERS - TYNE COT

9th JULY 2013

Three unknown South African soldiers, who died in action in 1917, were re-interred during a ceremony at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium on 9 July 2013. The ceremony was open to the public.

The service was organised by the South African Embassy, located in Brussels, and the South African National Defence Force.

The remains of the three soldiers were found near a brick factory in Zonnebeke at the end of 2011. Indications are that these soldiers were never formally buried, but that their graves were covered during battle by mortar/artillery fire. 

Based on objects recovered, including unit insignia, as well as the location of the find, the remains were accepted as that of three unknown South African Soldiers that formed part of the 4th (South African Scottish) South African Infantry Regiment.

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Photos : credit Jacques PATTEET