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.