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Black S.African soldier reburied with white WWI comrades in France

The coffin containing the remains of black South-African soldier Private Myengwa Beleza is carried by officers to the South-African Delville Wood memorial during a reburial ceremony, in Longueval, northern France, on July 6, 2014A black South African soldier who died nearly a century ago during World War I was on Sunday reburied alongside 600 of his white compatriots at the South African war memorial in northern France. Private Myengwa Beleza was one of the first black South African soldiers to be killed in France during the 1914-1918 war. He was among some 25,000 other black South Africans who had volunteered to serve as part of the Native Labour Corps. Beleza died on November 27, 1916 and was buried in a civilian cemetery at the port city of Le Havre as South Africa’s white minority government did not allow black soldiers to be buried at the memorial.

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