Pte Jeremiah Siyabi (South African Labour Contingent)


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Reference WMO264637

Address:

St Werburgh's Church

South West Coastal Path

Wembury

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Unknown
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: No precise information about this except that it was unveiled on 1 November 2018 by the South African High Commissioner and Lord David Owen. Said to be on the sea wall of the church which is at the end of a path leading from Wembury and also reachable from the South West Coastal Path. The Churchy Times of 9 November reported as follows -: The South African Native Labour Contingent were employed building defences around the Plymouth dockyards. They were kept in prison like conditions and not allowed to mix with the local population. He fell to his death from the cliffs, and was buried in a war grave, but his name was recorded simply as 'Kaffir'
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