• Short Summary

    The funeral was held near Salisbury on Thursday (26 May) of an American soldier serving with the Rhodesian security forces.

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    SV Coffin being carried and put onto gun carriage (2 shots)
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    SV Funeral procession (3 shots)
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    SV Coffin arriving at church
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    SCU Rifle salute
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    SV Coffin taken into chapel
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    SV Soldiers going in TILT UP front chapel roof
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    Background: The funeral was held near Salisbury on Thursday (26 May) of an American soldier serving with the Rhodesian security forces.

    The group is led by Mr John Graham of the British Foreign Office, and the United States Ambassador to Zambia, Mr Stephen Low. It has been charged with finding ways to bring the country's 270,000 whites and six million blacks together for a peaceful transition to majority rule.

    SYNOPSIS: The soldier was trooper George Clarke, aged 28, a single man from Lemon Grove, in California. An official Rhodesian communique said Clarke was killed in action against black nationalist guerrillas on 15 May. No details of the action resulting in his death were given. Clarke was the second American member of the Rhodesian army to be killed in action.

    The other American was killed in an action about 18 months ago. There are an estimated 400 Americans, many of them Vietnam veterans, in the Rhodesian security forces. Many of them have been recruited into the Rhodesian forces by a Californian, Mr David Bufkin. The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation has recently begun searching for evidence needed to stop Mr Bufkin's recruiting, but he has recently advertised for mercenaries, offering them 2,000 dollars (nearly GBP1,200 sterling) a month.

    Members of Clarke's former regiment, the Rhodesian Light Infantry, fired a rifle salute during the ceremony at the Warren hills cemetery near Salisbury.

    Since the hostilities began, more than 300 security forces members have been killed in action, more than 80 of them in this year so far. In the same time, the Government says more than 2,700 guerrillas have been killed.

    On the same day as the unreal, intensive detailed talks on ways of achieving legal independence for Rhodesia began between representatives of the United States, Britain and the country's minority white government.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA38J08489LFWCBBLQ9OJWVL0D5
    Media URN:
    VLVA38J08489LFWCBBLQ9OJWVL0D5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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