June 2017 update

Auction running 6-13 July: Diary of Hyacinth and Minerva up for sale.

SS Mendi bell handed in by unknown person.
Article from the SA Daily Maverick on the dialogues of the drowned of the SS Mendi

A memorial was unveiled in Brixton, London in memory of African and Caribbean men who served in World War 1. The King’s African Rifles and East African Force Association was involved. BBC report

As soon as information is available regarding the 25 November 2018 commemoration events in Mbala/Abercorn, it will be posted on this site. Arrangements are being made in Zambia – with various logistics needing to be organised. From what I have heard so far, it’s going to be good.

There’s a new article by Harry Fecitt on the 2/3 KAR in German East Africa. You can see it and other articles by Harry and GWAA members here.
Ana Paula Pires has an article on The First World War in Portuguese East Africa: Civilian and Military Encounters in the Indian Ocean

For members who read German, Michael Pesek has posted some new topics recently. This one is on Lake Kivu ops, German Governor Schnee’s declaration and Lettow’s recollections in 1922
Michael has also shared a link to a French film with English subtitles about the war in Africa – Black and White in Colour (1976). It was filmed in the Ivory Coast. Loved the bagpipes.

Account of the battle of Nyanza

Visual of where Indian troops served

April 2017 Update

Things have been a little quiet recently. Here’s the latest…

Library of Congress has made newspaper articles on World War 1 available. Some mention Africa.

SA Naval Museum has a photo display on SS Mendi
South African documentary on SS Mendi

Michelle Moyd discusses her book Violent Intermediaries

A new online book about a South African serving in Europe.

Heritage funded projects looking at World War 1 Africa
Away from the Western Front
Includes GWAA’s Medical project around the Pike Report.
To get involved, contact Anne
For more about AFTWF

Breaking the Myths: World War 1 and Africa
Diversity House is working in Sittingbourne and Maidstone areas to work with local schools and the community to acknowledge the African contribution to World War 1, including local experiences and trauma.
More about Breaking the Myths
Diversity House is issuing a series of podcasts (oral histories) on aspects of World War 1 in Africa.
If you have a story to contribute, please contact Diversity House.

They also served: Uncovering the experiences of African and Caribbean servicemen during the Great War
Churches Together is working with Midlands African and Caribbean churches and wider communities.
Contact: Project Manager, Dr Angelina Osborne

February 2017 update

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.