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Do you have a black or coloured ancestor who served during World War One?

A large-scale campaign, which was launched two weeks ago, is hoping to “fill in the missing pieces of these men’s lives who until now have not received any recognition for their sacrifice by name”.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has identified more than 1 600 members of the South African labour units.

Over the course of the war, thousands of black South Africans enlisted for non-combatant duties serving in various labour units including the Cape Coloured Labour Regiment, Cape Auxiliary Horse Transport, the Military Labour Bureau and the Military Labour Corps.

The CWGC has released a set of names of specific people they need help in identifying.

Liz Woodfield, CWGC director of information and communications, says more than a century after the war ended, not all the names of those lost from the ranks of the labour units have been recorded in remembrance.

“We are looking at changing that, so that they can be honoured by name and their stories told.”

The names and details of soldiers who have missing information are:

  • Jim Tselitye (service number 19117, enlisted at Blaauwberg on 14 February 1917).
  • Johannes Tsoanetje (service number 19085, enlisted at Blaauwberg on 14 February 1917).
  • Johannes Khanedi (service number 18624, enlisted at Blaauwberg on 24 January 1917).
  • Frank Kuinana (service number 18630, enlisted at Blaauwberg on 24 January 1917).
  • Jim Nogos (service number 17947, enlisted at Blaauwberg on 24 January 1917).
  • Jim Mabso (service number 25420, of Cape Province).
  • John Damster (service number 9684, of Somerset West, Cape Province).
  • Andries van Wyk (service number 20343, enlisted at Cape Town on 1 August 1917).
  • May Boyes (service number 10050, enlisted at Cape Town on 1 May 1916).
  • Moss Levy (service number 10061, enlisted at Cape Town on 1 May 1916).
  • Johannes Maccullum (service number 20652, enlisted at Cape Town on 12 October 1917).
  • Jan Engelbrecht (service number 20332, enlisted at Cape Town on 2 August 1917).
  • James Maaupi (service number 2146, enlisted at Cape Town on 3 January 1916)
  • Jacob Toani (service number 2145, enlisted at Cape Town on 3 January 1916).
  • Johannes Alcaster (service number 20344, enlisted at Cape Town on 31 July 1917).
  • John Francis (service number 20488, enlisted at Cape Town on 28 August 1917).
  • Ben Benkomo (service number 2141, enlisted at Cape Town 3 January 1916).
  • Peter Warden (service number 20828, enlisted at Cape Town on 13 November 1917).
  • Charles Samuels (service number 2903, of Cape Colony).
  • Isaac Jacobs (service number 5293, of Cape Town).
  • David Jacobus (of Chichester Road, Claremont).
  • David Molale (service number M/985, of Maitland).
  • Isaac Garrett (service number 1059, son of Eva Garrett, of Salt River, Cape Province).
  • William du Plessis (service number 4040, son of Phillip and Lena du Plessis, of Kensington Estate, Maitland).
  • Klaas Nieuweld (service number 176, son of Piet Nieuweld, of Cape Colony).
  • Cornelius Irish (service number 24898, of Cape Town).
  • Jan Mabi (service number 20517, enlisted at Langeburg on 10 September 1917).
  • Charlie Guda (service number 10457, enlisted at Maitland on 1 May 1916).
  • Stephen Sikondele (service number 29212, of Ndabeni Township).
  • Isaac Felix (service number 185, enlisted at Pietermaritzburg 27 November 1915).
  • Thomas Tywakodi (service number 4037, son of Mr W. Tywakadi, of Inland, Somerset West).

Should you have more information on the relatives or friends of any of the above names, reach out either by email: info@hwb.co.za or by sending an SMS with your name and contact details to 40720.

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