The Battlefield Tour has been cancelled. Although this is disappointing, it has been a worthwhile experience in working out how people visit the battlesites of Africa. Watch this space for futher developments allowing you to do your own tours.
A WW1 Africa connection who is not a member brought this to my attention – it shows Smuts also got annoyed with the South African generals – van Deventer. Details do need to be checked as Tighe returned to India in March 1916 – the image suggests he was still around in December 1916.
A book on the Mendi, Troopship Mendi: The Black Titanic by Nick Ward is available.
The African Chapter of The Times History of the War
Michelle Moyd has an article in the July 2016 First World War Studies journal (vol 7:2): Centring a sideshow: local experiences of the First World War in Africa
A special edition of Scientia Militaria has been published on The Union at War 1914-1953. Papers can be found on the website.
And The National Archives in London gives an overview of its Africa World War 1 holdings.
Don’t forget there’s a complete list of known books, articles, films, etc on the website.
@WW1EACampaignposts regularly on aspects of the EA campaign.
Some video histories of World War 1 Africa courtesty of Frontier Partisans
Requests for information:
Cecil Gorge Bateman
The GWAA was part of a bid with Away From the Western Front: the medical project previously mentioned
Here’s confirmation of the bid’s success. Anyone interested in participating, please get in touch.
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.
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.
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:
The Ghanaian Representative
The Nigerian Military Representative
Sad to hear that Tim Couzens, author of The Great Silence, died in October.
September is the month in which South Africans remember the Battle for Square Hill in Palestine. Many of the men who went from Africa to serve in Palestine had previously seen service in East Africa. Invariably, having been invalided to the Union of South Africa, if the men were passed fit on recovery they were permitted to serve elsewhere.
This provides an appropriate introduction for the Great War in Africa Medical Project that GWAA is embarking upon. The attached document sets out the broad details and ways you can get involved – this will hopefully be a truely international project with information from all theatres in all languages being brought together in one place.
Time is running out to book your place on the Kilimajaro Battlefield tour. Please do get in touch if you are interested/planning to join Harry Fecitt and myself.
For those who think East Africa gets too much of a mention, there’s a day of talks, documents and an opportunity to ask those research questions free of charge at The National Archives, Kew on 15 October. Details here
Oliver Schulten has updated his Bibliography of World War 1 in Africa. It can be found on the list of Sources of information and links
Thanks to @WW1EACampaign for drawing attention to the following WW1 Africa related items:
East Africa stamps, medals, coins
Memorial in Brussels for those who lost their lives in the battle for Tabora, 1916 (100 years ago this month)
Naval History is a wonderful site to discover what ships were up to in African waters.
HMS Trent August 1916 in East African waters
Michael Pesek reposted one of his earlier blogs – containing the names of German dead from 11 Feldkompanie. He has supplemented the images with a write-up in German.