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South African Soldiers who sank with the SS Mendi in WWI

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  • Lieutenant S Emslie (b. - 1917)
    Died 21/02/1917 "C" Coy. 5th Bn. South African Native Labour Corps Father of Alan J. Emslie, of Cape Town Lost at sea “Mendi”
  • Charles Henry Botha (1870 - 1917)
    Was a Red Haired linguist (speaking many African languages). This was very handy as he was an overseer at De Beers Mine. He was also a great sportsman, athlete and strong swimmer. Barney Barnato pr...

The SS Mendi was a passenger steamship that was built in 1905 and, as a troopship, carrying largely black South African troops, sank after collision with great loss of life in 1917. In 1916 during the First World War the UK Admiralty chartered the SS Mendi as a troopship. On 21 February 1917 a large cargo steamship, Darro, collided with her in the English Channel south of the Isle of Wight. Mendi sank killing 646 people, most of whom were black South African troops. The sinking was a major loss of life for the South African military, and was one of the 20th century's worst maritime disasters in UK waters.'

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The Story of the SS Mendi

Mendi had sailed from Cape Town carrying 823 men of the 5th Battalion the South African Native Labour Corps to serve in France. Mendi's complement was a mixture characteristic of many UK merchant ships at the time. Officers, stewards, cooks, signallers and gunners were British; firemen and other crew were West Africans, most of them from Sierra Leone. The South African Native Labour Corps men aboard her came from a range of social backgrounds, and from a number of different peoples spread over the South African provinces and neighbouring territories.[4] (287 were from Transvaal, 139 from the Eastern Cape, 87 from Natal, 27 from Northern Cape, 26 from the Orange Free State, 26 from Basutoland, eight from Bechuanaland (Botswana), five from Western Cape, one from Rhodesia and one from South West Africa). Most had never seen the sea before this voyage, and very few could swim. The officers and NCOs were white Southern Africans.

Loss

At 5 am on 21 February 1917, in thick fog about 10 nautical miles (19 km) south of St. Catherine's Point on the Isle of Wight, the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company cargo ship Darro accidentally rammed Mendi's starboard quarter, breaching her forward hold. Darro was an 11,484 GRT ship, much larger than Mendi, sailing in ballast to Argentina to load meat. Darro survived the collision but Mendi sank, killing 616 Southern Africans (607 of them black troops) and 30 crew..

Some men were killed outright in the collision; others were trapped below decks. Many others gathered on Mendi's deck as she listed and sank. Oral history records that the men met their fate with great dignity. An interpreter, Isaac Williams Wauchope (also known as Isaac Wauchope Dyobha), who had previously served as a Minister in the Congregational Native Church of Fort Beaufort and Blinkwater, is reported to have calmed the panicked men by raising his arms aloft and crying out in a loud voice:

"Be quiet and calm, my countrymen. What is happening now is what you came to do...you are going to die, but that is what you came to do. Brothers, we are drilling the death drill. I, a Xhosa, say you are my brothers...Swazis, Pondos, Basotho...so let us die like brothers. We are the sons of Africa. Raise your war-cries, brothers, for though they made us leave our assegais in the kraal, our voices are left with our bodies."

The damaged Darro did not stay to assist, but Brisk lowered her boats, whose crews then rescued survivors. The investigation into the accident led to a formal hearing in summer 1917, held in Caxton Hall, Westminster. It opened on 24 July, sat for five days spread over the next fortnight, and concluded on 8 August. The court found Darro's Master, Henry W Stump, guilty of "having travelled at a dangerously high speed in thick fog, and of having failed to ensure that his ship emitted the necessary fog sound signals."It suspended Stump's licence for a year.

Stump's decision not to help Mendi's survivors has been a source of controversy. Certainly Darro was vulnerable to attack by enemy submarines, both as a large merchant ship and having sustained damage that put her out of action for up to three months. But some historians have suggested that racial prejudice influenced Stump's decision, and others hold that he merely lost his nerve.

"A total of 646 people died. Only 267 survived the sinking; 195 black men, two of the four white officers and 10 of the 17 white NCOs."

The hidden history of the sinking of the SS Mendi, British Council

List

Those lost when the ship sank:

Crew

  • Raine, H. 2nd Officer
  • Swall, W.W. 3rd Officer
  • Steele, A.R. Surgeon
  • Bowen, R. Deck Boy
  • Nicol, J. Fireman
  • Johnson, J. Foreman
  • James, T. Trimmer
  • Brown, J. Trimmer
  • Harris, F. Steward
  • Hennesey, W. Steward
  • Holmes, A. Steward
  • Fargher, A. Steward
  • Bogie, W. Steward
  • Adams, L.J. Steward
  • Cross, R. Steward
  • Evans, J. Steward
  • Bailey, J.A. Steward
  • Okill, H. 2nd Cook
  • Oborn, W. 3rd Cook
  • Cooper, W. Baker
  • Morris, W.B. Scullion
  • Mole, H. Marconi Operator
  • James, T. Assistant Baker
  • Framley, R. A.B. (Able Seaman)
  • Carroll, W.H. Gunner
  • Johnson, D. Fireman
  • Johnson, C. Fireman
  • Thompson, S. Trimmer
  • James, J. Trimmer
  • Friday, S.D. Deck Hand
  • Foster, W. Deck Boy

Officers

  • Emslie, S. Lieutenant
  • Richardson, E.H. Lieutenant
  • Turner, T.K. Regimental Sergeant Major
  • Botes, A.D. Staff Sergeant
  • Cockrell, A. Staff Sergeant
  • Botha, C.H. Colour Sergeant
  • Ford, T.A. Colour Sergeant
  • Knaggs, R. Colour Sergeant
  • MacTavish, R.A. Colour Sergeant

Troops

A

  • Abraham, Andries 11164
  • Abrahams, Fred 11163
  • Aliveni, Jim 8911

B

  • Bade, George 9707
  • Badlana, Joel 10016
  • Baleni, Langeni 11098
  • Banana, Nkeni 9665
  • Bangani, Mxonywa 9379
  • Basilie, Isaac 9170
  • Bay, James 9294
  • Beko, Heny 9374
  • Beta, Jack 9164
  • Beyulea, Windvogel 11070
  • Bhay, Jim 9260
  • Bikleni, Dodoka 9377
  • Bokleni, Henry 7587
  • Booi, John 9690
  • Bovi, Mkokeli 10017
  • Bungane, Freddy 11169
  • Butitje 9802

C

  • Chesa, Elijah 11170
  • Collis, Vimba 9650

D

  • Dabani, Jim 9241
  • Dampi, Piet 9203
  • Danki, Thomas 9215
  • Dano, William 9265
  • Dealtaha, Annaniya 9754
  • Dengese, Aldum 9567
  • Dinoka, Geelbooi 9780
  • Ditsepo, William 9436
  • Dyushani, John 10018

E

  • Eland, Piet 11138
  • Etea, Piet 11188

F

  • Fidyoli, John 11172
  • Franci, Rueben 9956
  • Fule, Steven 9261

G

  • Gabaza, William 564
  • Gabutloeloe, Lucas 9708
  • Geina, Manie 9689
  • Gigima, John 8010
  • Gilweni, Jim Tom 9915
  • Gobizitwana, Willie 11206
  • Gqweta, Henry 9928
  • Gumede, John 11216
  • Gumeni, Charlie 9685
  • Gwabu, Jack 9321
  • Gwatyuza, Jacob 9954

H

  • Hasbane, Jan 9147
  • Hendricks, James 9943
  • Hendricks, Willem 11132
  • Hlangweni, Mtati 11161
  • Hlatshwayo, Fishi 11126
  • Hlope, Zanempi 11120
  • Holoane, Francis 11171
  • Homelane, Willie 9289

J

  • Jackson, Abrams 9803
  • Jacobo, Isaac 9695
  • Jamangile, Jim 8892
  • Jantole, Joseph 8900
  • Johnson, Willie 8913
  • Jonas, Jim 9710
  • Jonas, Saluseni 9244
  • Jongilanga, Pansi 9390
  • Jubile, Lawrence 11045

K

  • Kabi, Simeon 10964
  • Kakana, Jan 9441
  • Kakele, Mac 9154
  • Kale, Karl 9818
  • Kali, Hamilton 10021
  • Kaloto, Simon 9418
  • Kana, Mali 11176
  • Karishi, Change 9146
  • Kashane, Jan 9176
  • Kataza, John 9686
  • Kazamula, Moskein 9626
  • Kazamula, Simon 10931
  • Kazimula, Natal 9623
  • Kepisa, Jack 10374
  • Kepsize, Johnson 9848
  • Ketsbai, Helon 9905
  • Kgadile, Kleinbooi 9820
  • Kgana, Johannes 3703
  • Kgatjane, Lucas 11144
  • Kgobosemang, Kleinbooi 9740
  • Kgosi, Isaac 9211
  • Kgupa, Longone 9425
  • Khaile, Robinson 11173
  • Khoanamutsi, Mapipe 9429
  • Kholopane, Dovey 10960
  • Kladi, John 9578
  • Kleinbooi, Jack 9263
  • Koalane, Josaih Walter 10896
  • Kokoto, Jonas 9398
  • Kolong, Kimon 9822
  • Koluba, Sam 9406
  • Koopman, Jan 9293
  • Kopane, Jan 11048
  • Kopane, Snele 9666
  • Kozamula, Captain 9447
  • Kula, Hlongwana 11088
  • Kumalo, Magwala 11112
  • Kuse, John 9785
  • Kutshwayo, James Henry 5969
  • Kwikanye, Jack 9290

L

  • Lebeko, Charlie 9415
  • Leboche, Abram 11056
  • Lefi, Ishmael 11141
  • Legoabe, Stephen 9763
  • Legwale, Stephen Lucas 3274
  • Lekau, Alfred 9188
  • Lekau, John 1256
  • Lekgoli, Soloman 9728
  • Lekhoto, John 1791
  • Lepero, Geelbooi 9829
  • Lephethe, David Job 11196
  • Lesele, Corporal 9654
  • Lesetja, Jan 11063
  • Leshage, William 10947
  • Lesiba, Daniel 10369
  • Lesiba, Jan 10384
  • Lesiba, Joseph 9186
  • Lesiba, Simon 10371
  • Lesibana, Jim 10364
  • Lesitja, Charlie 10373
  • Lesitja, Martinus 9908
  • Lesoale, Johannes 11192
  • Letau, Karel 9286
  • Letebele, Namatshan 9748
  • Letebele, Pond 9155
  • Letwatwa, Lucas 9659
  • Lifa, John 11247
  • Likgoli, David 9946
  • Likgoli, Sebolai 9947
  • Linganiso, Simon 10020
  • Lithaba, Michele 9761
  • Liwela, Frans 10951
  • Louw, Piet 11137
  • Luhlongwana, Koni 9580
  • Luputini, Jacobus 9255 8

M

  • Maake, Saucepan 9142
  • Mabagwana, Titi 9271
  • Mabane, Mpini 9393
  • Mabaso, Zula 11122
  • Mabila, Charlie 9126
  • Mabururu, Abraham 9125
  • Macambi, Mareyama 9794
  • Madikizela, Tatani 9388
  • Madimetja, Jacob 10383
  • Madosi, Robert 8910
  • Madubanya, Jack 10365
  • Madume, Botha 9124
  • Madume, Frans 9189
  • Madume, Jack No. 1 9174
  • Madume, Jack 9408
  • Madume, Jim 10949
  • Madume, Kleinbooi 9185
  • Madume, Mackson 9420
  • Madzibana, Frans 9631
  • Mafadi, Ephraim 9576
  • Mafika, Daniel 9371
  • Mafiliba, Mtigedwa 9243
  • Magadi, Daniel 562
  • Magagamela, Alison 8356
  • Magaju, Hlongwana 11092
  • Maggisi, Sitini 11079
  • Magoba, Isaac 9195
  • Magudulwana, Hlongwana 11093
  • Magwegwana, Hlongwana 11105
  • Mahaladi, Windvogel 11067
  • Maharo, Stephen 9544
  • Mahlaba, Whisky 9629
  • Mahlentle, Richard 9773
  • Mahloapitseng, Klaas 10965
  • Mahludi, Isaac 11154
  • Mahohoda, Klass 9643
  • Mahutu, Canteen 9149
  • Makalima, Robert 9288
  • Makamba, Bloro 9198
  • Makasha, Jim 3021
  • Makatini, Nongqayi 9558
  • Makatu, Kleinbooi 11181
  • Makaye, Ndabana 11215
  • Makeleni, Kimberley 9688
  • Makhohe, Jan 8967
  • Makilitshi, Paraffin 9117
  • Makoba, Majuta 10002
  • Makoe, Jack Jantji 11185
  • Makole, Benjamin 9839
  • Makopans, Frank 9897
  • Makosana, Charles 9143
  • Makudu Johannes 9898
  • Makwane, Jacob 9857
  • Makwatedi, Mack 9193
  • Makwena, Josias 9857
  • Malebogo, Jack 9427
  • Malemutle, Chairlie 9119
  • Malesela, Jan 10363
  • Malgas, Hlanga 9932
  • Mali, Mac 11069
  • Maluse, Charlie 10391
  • Maluse, Frans 10382
  • Maluse, Lucas 10366
  • Mambolo, Johannes 11065
  • Mandcas, Sam 9248
  • Mandubule, Dick 10027
  • Mandwane, Hlatshwayo 11101
  • Maneka, Jack 10375
  • Mangaliso, Hlongwana 11090
  • Mangapela, Piet 11150
  • Mange, William 9709
  • Mangise, John 9669
  • Mangoloane, Jacob 8997
  • Mangqe, Timothy 8876
  • Mangwana, Jan 9162
  • Mantupsi, Jack 9426
  • Manunyane, Bernard 9285
  • Manzane, Ben 9635
  • Mapalala, Keve 11121
  • Maparana, Charlie 9136
  • Maphessa, William 9563
  • Mapheto, Hosiah 11066
  • Maphoto, Harry 9826
  • Mapulane, Sampson 9433
  • March, Martinus 11135
  • Marofula, Jacob 11057
  • Marole, Willem 9138
  • Martinus, Johannes 9295
  • Masade, Albert 9757
  • Masaleni, Jeremiah 9927
  • Maseko, Windvogel Captain 11071
  • Mashali, Jameson 9411
  • Masia, Dick 9432
  • Masiaane, Jim 9562
  • Masikela, William 9173
  • Masilo, Transvaal 9782
  • Masina, Taweni 9238
  • Masinde, Jonas 9518
  • Masindi, George 9237
  • Masoling, Julius 11167
  • Matebula, Piet 9358
  • Mathlana, Aaron 9287
  • Matjala, Richard 9798
  • Matjola, Jan 9565
  • Matkala, Picennin 11186
  • Matlala, Johannes 11190
  • Matonsi, Jaftha 9806
  • Matsang, Abel 9751
  • Matshana, Hezekiah 9924
  • Mathse, Marcus 9853
  • Matshelane, Andries 9661
  • Matsubane, Jim 10368
  • Matume, Frans 10370
  • Matume, Moses 9760
  • Matupu, Thousand 9133
  • Mazaku, Gwavuma 9381
  • Mbata, Albert Nkomempunga 9913
  • Mbedla, Isaac 9931
  • Mbikwa, Sam 11140
  • Mbiyazwe, Jim 9199
  • Mbombiya, Jim 9373
  • Mbuzi, Mzingele 9382
  • Mcanyana, Russel Palmer 9792
  • Mcitshwa. John 9768
  • Mdata, Soloman 11075
  • Mduna, Edward 9770
  • Mdunyelwa, July 9922
  • Mdyogolo, Mnyeliso 9651
  • Mehlomane, Silwanyana 9242
  • Mekgoe, Herman 9253
  • Menza, John 9658
  • Mgidi, Billy 11204
  • Mgingana, Koza 11099
  • Mgoyoye, Petrus 9670
  • Mgwena, Soloman 9784
  • Mhlanga, Ndukwana 11118
  • Mijana, Willie 9831
  • Mkezo, Mpotyana 9394
  • Mkohla, Joseph 10012
  • Mkomazi, Frans 9152
  • Mkomazi, Jim 9627
  • Mkoni, John 9256
  • Mkonvama, Daniel 9118
  • Mkumguri, Jim 9736
  • Mlahleki, Jail 11155
  • Mlando, Hlongwana 11086
  • Mlonyeni, Robert 9386
  • Mncedana, Melville 7601
  • Mnyeliso, Gama 9652
  • Mnyikinwa, Longone 11055
  • Moatse, Josiah 8991
  • Mobitsela, William 9775
  • Modeba, Theophilus 9194
  • Modikeng, Goodman 11151
  • Modisane, Jan 10899
  • Modise, David 9204
  • Modisoatsile, George 9718
  • Moeata, Petrus 9783
  • Moeng, Sampson 9945
  • Maake, Joseph 9140
  • Mofokeng, Koos 10953
  • Mogalobutha, Klaas 9183
  • Mogorosi, Benjamin 10433
  • Mohale, Jacob 9177
  • Mohase, Vellum 9660
  • Mohowe, William 9128
  • Mokatakisa, Hendrick 10963
  • Mokgeleli, Aaron Jili 9333
  • Mokgosi, Aaron 9370
  • Mokgwere, Samuel 9743
  • Mokhali, Simon 10958
  • Mokhapo, Mac 9129
  • Molabi, Amos 9156
  • Molelekoa, Titus 9819
  • Molide, Sitebe 9267
  • Molife, Andries 11194
  • Molife, Linesa 9269
  • Molife, Mosmiti 9268
  • Molisanyane, Andries 9951
  • Moloi, Kleinbooi 9797
  • Moloi, Philip 11189
  • Moloyi, Mreki 9557
  • Moloyi, Ntikimana 9275
  • Molthlakane, Letsie 9838
  • Monahela, Edward 10959
  • Monamatuga, Thomas 9191
  • Mongologa, Joseph 9700
  • Monoke, Johannes 9825
  • Montso, Michael 11152
  • Monyako, Philip 9835
  • Monyele, Elias 9368
  • Morashe, Jim 9401
  • More, Pinefas 10434
  • Morolong, Walter 11178
  • Moshe, Moses 9132
  • Moshimane, Jack 10377
  • Mositsi, Amos 9739
  • Motaung, Jacob 9950
  • Motebang, Eliah 10962
  • Motela, Jack 9187
  • Mothei, Jan 9741
  • Motobi, Peter 7210
  • Motsoahai, Mpalakela 10957
  • Mpafulane, Udmund 9366
  • Mpatu, Simon 9437
  • Mpee, Johannes 9901
  • Mpete, Jan 9687
  • Mpoa, John 9721
  • Msesenyane, Jan 9632
  • Mshote, John 563
  • Msimango, Lubaro 9270
  • Msiya, Lemu Galimini 9647
  • Mtembu, Mswela 11109
  • Mtirara, John 9385
  • Mtolo, Sikaniso 9999
  • Mtombeni, Abraham 9560
  • Mtshotshisa, Gabayi 9939
  • Mudungazi, July 9638
  • Muhlaba, Joel 9252
  • Mukopo, Andries 9171
  • Mukotle, Fred 9168
  • Mulabe, Change 9440
  • Mulamu, David 9163
  • Munani, Mukale 9419
  • Murape, Jim 9430
  • Murda, Jack 11149
  • Mutinjwa, Daniel 9236
  • Mvele, Jerele Mazalemvula 9646
  • Mvula, Joniseni 11108
  • Myamana, Verandah 9622
  • Mzamani, Jim 9279
  • Mzayifana, Alfred 11207
  • Mzimane, Johannes 9677
  • Mzono, Jotama 11072

N

  • Nafufa, David 9644
  • Napane, Charlie 9421
  • Natedi, Jack 9141
  • Nawane, George 9698
  • Ncotele, Litye 9862
  • Ndaba, Pikiti 11128
  • Ndamase, Richard 9389
  • Ndanise, Baleni 9641
  • Ndeya, James 9795
  • Ndhluli, Jim 11060
  • Ndiki, Samuel 9859
  • Ndingi, Olifas 8893
  • Ndlankuhle, Nzulu 802
  • Ndlovu, Isaac 9529
  • Nduna, William 11058
  • Nepthale, Tsusa 11145
  • Ngade, Ben Elias 11061
  • Ngake, Enos 9749
  • Ngate, Canteen 9148
  • Ngate, Picannin 11054
  • Ngcenge, Durward 9771
  • Ngcobo, Pindela 9272
  • Ngcobo, Vincent Pansi 9319
  • Ngesi, Walter 9910
  • Ngqotoza, Zilandana 9653
  • Ngwahewa, Jan 9637
  • Ngwane, Jamse 9654
  • Nini, George 11053
  • Nkakuleni, Sly 9407
  • Nkhereanye, Lukase 5743
  • Nkoane, Peter 7277
  • Nkomandi, Konisars 9639
  • Nkunwana, Jack 9212
  • Nkwambene, Charles 9634
  • Nkwenkwe, John 9889
  • Nodolo, Squire 9772
  • Nokwelo, Makali 7067
  • Nomvaba, Charlie 9207
  • Nongwe, Johannes 10024
  • Nquza, Jabez 9202
  • Nsulansula, Zondo 11097
  • Ntabani, Picannin 9716
  • Ntelte, Frans 9139
  • Ntindili, Charlie 8891
  • Ntopi, Piet 11187
  • Ntoro, Kleinbooi 3711
  • Ntozake, Honono 8912
  • Ntshangase, Dick Mqitsha 9914
  • Ntshetsha, Mbalela 9383
  • Ntsieng, Bullar Martinus 9575
  • Ntsutswana,Thomas 9938
  • Nukula, Ben Sydney 11051
  • Nxazonke, Mlungu 9934
  • Nyambana, Konish 9636
  • Nyati, Samuel 9283
  • Nyonane, Ebenezer 11205
  • Nziba, John Clout 11177

O

  • Olibeng, Fanwell 9216
  • Olijn, Pieter 11131
  • Oliphant, Piet 11166

P

  • Pala, Alexander 9851
  • Pambili, James 11052
  • Papetje, Johannes 10378
  • Pasile, Radoma 9175
  • Pasoane, Amandus Aupa 11146
  • Pasoane, William 9850
  • Paulus, Dolf 11133
  • Payipeli, Charlie 9249
  • Payo, Jacob 9667
  • Perike, Ephraim 9599
  • Petela, Kleinbooi 9923
  • Petrus, Paul 9296
  • Petula, Stephen 10908
  • Phaladi, Bob 11046
  • Phiti, Tom 9179
  • Phohophedi, Thomas 8329
  • Pieters, Isaac 11162
  • Pietersen, Paulus 10900
  • Pikahila, Stephen 9793
  • Pinyana, Nodyiwana 8020
  • Pisani, Matthews 9151
  • Pitso, Andries 9911
  • Pitso, Jan 9717
  • Pkula, Simon 9953
  • Plaatje, Thomas 9657
  • Plaatjes, Malgas 9711
  • Poko, Philip 9824
  • Pokwane, Frans 9399
  • Ponyose, Koos 11059
  • Pugiso, David 9251
  • Pulana, Philemon 11047
  • Pule, Lazarus 9834
  • Pupuma, Madela 8907

Q

  • Qaba, Edward 9648
  • Qakala, Jan 10013
  • Quvalele, Parafin 10022
  • Quzula, Charlie 10928
  • Qwebe, Cawood 9909

R

  • Rabatji, Jan 11064
  • Radelbe, James 9376
  • Radzaka, Jucas 9781
  • Rakau, Frans 11179
  • Rakgokong, Johannes 11062
  • Ramakalane, Titus 11193
  • Ramakhutle, Gerson 8992
  • Ramakoko, Modise 8990
  • Ramasi, Rabintoe 9746
  • Ramasita, Job 9902
  • Ramatea, Joseph 11143
  • Ramathodi, George 9896
  • Ramedekoane, Thijs 9001
  • Ramkosi, George 9833
  • Ramoho, Charlie 9130
  • Ramoshiela, Nicodimus 8994
  • Ramosole, Abel 9000
  • Rampomane, Aaron 11184
  • Rampopo, Lukas 8996
  • Rampunve, Jan 9733
  • Ramurumo, Frederick 9668
  • Raskane, Jan 9160
  • Ratilulu, Samuel 11147
  • Ratskogo, Gilmore 10897
  • Resinali, Picanin 9625
  • Roadway, Smith 9656
  • Rwairwai, Jerry 9694

S

  • Samela, Wolobile 9197
  • Seathlane, Selepe 10954
  • Sebadi, Samuel 994
  • Sefako, Geelbooi 8999
  • Sefako, Jim 9671
  • Segule, Smith 9122
  • Sekakaile, Rice 9412
  • Sekonyela, George 9816
  • Sekoro, Josiah 11142
  • Sekote, Stephanus 11191
  • Sekwidi, Jan 9779
  • Selami, Jim 9192
  • Sello, Seth 9907
  • Seodi, Green 9397
  • Sepalela, April 9417
  • Serewe, Jackson 9724
  • Setani, Style 9920
  • Setloko, Philemon 11180
  • Shebeshebe, Jack 10379
  • Shikamba, Jack 9445
  • Shiletane, Bossboy 9137
  • Sibalabula, Timotheus 9210
  • Sibalela, Jim 9240
  • Sibisi, Jacobus 9817
  • Sibizo, Edmund 11240
  • Sibolayi, Sampson 8993
  • Sifaku, Kleinbooi 10948
  • Sigededhla, Zachariah 9556
  • Sigidi, Hlongwana 11085
  • Sikawuleb, William 9755
  • Sikota, Theodore George 11202
  • Sikwayo, Ben 11157
  • Silika, Molefi 9266
  • Silwane, Frans 9121
  • Sinqana, July 11203
  • Siposa, Willie 9392
  • Sitebe, Mqobo 11107
  • Sitlaro, Koos 8995
  • Sitole, Charlie 10912
  • Sitole, Mgqiki 11116
  • Skhabi, Hermanus 11182
  • Skip, Jim 9428
  • Soka, Anderson 9892
  • Solani, Meji 9655
  • Somatshungu, Tom 9805
  • Somgede, William 9800
  • Songca, Lukakuva 8879
  • Stephens, George 9413
  • Stunga, James 9280
  • Suping, Abraham 9744
  • Suping, Johannes 11049
  • Swarts, Jan 11130
  • Swarts, Sma 11129

T

  • Tabudi, Jacob 9854
  • Takisi, Frank 9181
  • Tamasinya, Johannes 9590
  • Tambu, Peter 11168
  • Tankobong, Zachariah 9742
  • Tanoni, Phineas 11153
  • Tentata, July 11165
  • Thebeagae, Charlie 9753
  • Timpane, Billem 9745
  • Tiya, Percy 9706
  • Tlabure, Elias 11183
  • Tladivamutsi, Michael 11076
  • Tokhae, Jan 9134
  • Totwana, Hlongwana 11094
  • Tsamaya, Jacob 9246
  • Tsase, John 10950
  • Tsehlana, Jack 10372
  • Tshabalala, Kaysi 11102
  • Tshabana, Willie 9555
  • Tshange, Ngqakamatshe 11091
  • Tshekosi, Klaas 9780
  • Tshenene, Charlie 9860
  • Tshikari, Paul 11174
  • Tshite, Joseph 10431
  • Tshomolokse, Paul 9702
  • Tshotsha, Hlongwana 11110
  • Tshulo, Abram 9758
  • Tsule, Soloman 9434
  • Tube, Jackson 9259
  • Tumberi, Jim 9630
  • Tyilo, John 11198
  • Tywalana, Jeremiah 9649

U

  • Utuni, Frans 9776
  • Uziningo, Jantshi 9926

V

  • Voss, Philip 7229
  • Vovela, Joe 10929
  • Vutula, Charles 9801

W

  • Wauchope, Isaac 3276
  • Williams, Freddy 9714
  • Williams, Henry 9292

Z

  • Zambezi, Hlongwana 11096
  • Zatu, John 9937
  • Zenzile, Arosi 9375
  • Zimuke, Mashaya 11068
  • Zingwana, Johannes 9640
  • Zinyusile, Edward 11158
  • Zitonga, Mongameli 8021
  • Zondi, Solomon Vili 9299
  • Zondo, Magida 11103
  • Zondo, Mufakabi 11114
  • Zondo, Pukwana 11115
  • Zulu, April 9247
  • Zwane, Sikonyana 11087
  • Zwane, Sukwana 11089

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References

The SS Mendi men are listed on the Hollybrook memorial in Southampton

There are a couple of them buried in the UK apparently (e.g. at Littlehampton, Hastings, Portsmouth) where their bodies were recovered. The largest number are at Arques-la-Battaile cemetery near Le Hare in France.

There is a South African Book of Remembrance on the CWGC site that lists 183 men of the South African Labour Corps.

This should give the list in this SA book of remembrance:

They are all on the Delville Wood Memorial Wall that also lists the names – but this appears to be South African government funded and maintained thing and not the CWGC.

This includes all the Mendi casualties and where they are buried or have their names recorded – but it’s a pdf.

That contains lists of all SA casualties.

This one is specific to the Mendi only:

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