Reburial of South African Soldiers at Tyne Cot
26 June 2013
Three unknown South African soldiers, who died while fighting on
the Western Front in 1917, were re-interred during a ceremony at
Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium on 9 July 2013 at 10.00am local
time. The ceremony was open to the public.
The service was organised by the South African Embassy, located
in Brussels, and the South African 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 Regiment South African Infantry.