Friends of Hastings Cemetery
LD N25 -
South African Native Labour Corps
Died 21st February,1917.
Hastings and St Leonards Observer -
MAN FOUND IN MILITARY UNIFORM. The Borough Coroner (Mr. W. J. Glenister) held an inquest at East Beach Street last evening (Friday), on the body of an unknown man, which was recovered from the sea the previous morning.
Leading Boatman Gilbert White said he saw the body floating eastward about a hundred yards from the shore. On the body, which was much decomposed, was a serge tunic with Imperial brass buttons, and a pair of trousers. The disc produced bore the No. 9,202, and the initials S.A.N.L.R., which witness thought meant South African Native Labour Regiment or Reserve. The trousers had a thin red stripe down the seam, and he thought the uniform was military.
John Hart, a fisherman, of Tackleway, said, accompanied by White and Muggeridge, he put off and recovered the body, which was floating off the end of the Harbour.
Dr. A. T. Field said he had examined the body, which was very much decomposed, and had evidently been in the water about six months. The skin remaining was white, and his opinion was the body was that of a white man. It was impossible to give the cause of death. Deceased was over thirty, he should think.
A verdict of "Found Dead in the Sea" was returned, but no evidence to show the cause of death.