November 2016 update

Battlefield Tour: If you are intending to go on the Battlefield Tour around Kilimanjaro in March 2017, please confirm this to Hellen

There is an auction in London on 16 November with a number of Africana books. A quick look at the catalogue suggests there isn’t anything directly related to World War 1 but individuals might be connected. Thanks to James Willson for bringing this to attention.

Help requested:
National Army Museum (NAM) looking for veterans who served in British Army:
NAM is looking to interview veterans and currently serving soldiers (male and female) from old colonies and Commonwealth countries who served (or are still serving) in the British Army. The main purpose is to find out people’s motives for joining the British Army when they are not from Britain, and to document their experiences – was the climate and culture easy or hard to adapt to?; were they given extra support?; did they experience racism or discrimination?; if they served in their home country’s army, what were the differences?; etc.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Kirsty at kparsons[@]nam.ac.uk

New member Lynne McCormack writes: I am currently attempting to research the life story of one of the men recorded on our local ww1 memorial. His name us Sidney Evans and I know he served with ‘Bowker’s Horse’, He died 28th November 1918 at Florida Farm and is buried at the cemetery in Nakuru. I have discovered a newspaper article which names Samuel Evans claiming probate in East Africa. I am interested in how he came to be in East Africa and the circumstances of his death, also whether Samel remained there. I wonder if anyone is able to help?

The National Archives, UK is consulting on a new Archive Sector Policy for England. They are looking for users to have an input. Please consider doing so here.

Publications:
July 2016 marked the centenary of the start of the Battle for Delville Wood in which many South Africans lost their lives. Read Jacques de Vries’s account of being at Delville Wood in July 2016.

Jakob Zollmann’s long awaited Naulila 1914: World War 1 in Angola and International Law is now available.

The Great War has done a video on Lake Tanganyika. GWAA has published a chronology of the expedition (vol 1)using all known primary source material available in English. You can purchase the book for £37.50 from TNA or contact Anne for the membership discounted price. Retail price is £40. The book is not available through Amazon.

GWAA supported African Heritage and Education Centre and The National Archives in opening up the West African theatre on 15 October:
An overview

The Ghanaian Representative

The Nigerian Military Representative

Sad to hear that Tim Couzens, author of The Great Silence, died in October.

Author: Anne

Publications: Britain, South Africa and the East Africa Campaign 1914-1918: the Union comes of age (IB Tauris, 2005) World War I in Africa: The Forgotten Conflict Among the European Powers (International Library of Twentieth Century History; IB Tauris, 2013) I am a London-based South African historian working on British and South African relations over Africa from 1910 onwards. My main focus to date has been the First World War although I am also working on later periods. In technical terms, I would be classified as a geo-political and war historian as opposed to a military expert. My overarching interest is British and South African relations over Africa from Union until 1994 and have done some work on South Africa’s ‘non-war’ in Angola in the 1970s-1990s as well as starting on WW2. The main focus of my work is trying to understand what it was all for (interlinking of politics and reality as well as remembrance). All my history work is done as an Independent Scholar at present not affiliated to any university (although I work for 2 – in other faculties). I’ve done this purposefully to keep my independence in terms of interest and focus. My husband, John, and I have travelled quite a bit of Tanzania as I also volunteer as an education adviser for an education charity in the Kilimanjaro area of Tanzania. Amongst other things, we’ve “done” Liemba and visited Tanga, Mikindani, Abercorn, Chembeshi and southern Malawi. John’s interest in East Africa is seeing the countryside and wildlife and taking photos – thank goodness all those battlefields are in reserves! – so we can combine our interests.

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