September 2021

The British Library has a collection of maps covering World War 1 in Africa together with some history behind their creation.

Harry Fecitt has a number of articles covering aspects of the East Africa Campaign on The Heroes of the East Africa Campaign

The Wellcome Institute has a photo of the Lindi Lion – a memorial to the battle of Lindi, 17 September 1916 – sadly they have no other information online about this memorial. The SS Barjora on which the memorial was found was the troop carrier which brought West Indian troops to East Africa.

Some more photos can be found on the University of California website – the link should take you to Nyasaland 1914-1918.

For those interested in war time stamps, this looks a comprehensive page on the Nyasa-Rhodesian Field Force.

There is a small collection of personal war histories on the GWAA website. If you have any similar pieces you would like added, please get in touch. The aim is to show the variety of individual experience across the continent.


July 2021

I’m often asked if there’s more to discover about the war in Africa – hopefully these newsletters are evidence of what more there is to discover. However, for this one, I’ve included some more obscure data sources which cover the war years. The conflict had wide-reaching tentacles.

First, an update on the Uncommemorated Project from CWGC. As part of the next steps, CWGC are looking for a Field Researcher to be based in Nairobi – see the website for details including job description.

Three talks on the war in Africa delivered at the British Military History Conference organised by National Army Museum, Western Front Association and British Commission for Military History. Talks are by Anne Samson, Ian van der Waag and Rob Johnson.

Some war time Pathe footage involving South Africans (not all years are correctly annotated)

Lists of plants and other relevant botanical info known around World War 1 in East Africa (Amani Research Institute)

Malaria in World War 1 – more than East Africa, includes statistics

Medical services in Northern Rhodesia during World War 1 by Cripwell

Domestic equines in Tanzania – including use in World War 1

Interested in the weather in Africa during the war years? This might be of help – list of weather stations across Africa; links to documents

Kionga Triangle stamps from 1916; and a postal history of German stamps in East Africa

Other Portuguese documents covering the war in Africa

Medals for those who served in East Africa

Livingstone Police Memorial

One of our members is looking to find a new home for their history collection. The recipient(s) are asked to cover the postage/delivery costs from Canada. If you are interested in the collection please let me know.
Africa books - GWAA

June 2021

A somewhat eclectic collection of bits this month.

Beit Al Amani or Zanzibar Museum – before (2011) and after (2018). The Museum was built as a memorial to those who lost their lives in WW1.

Frank Cundall’s Jamaica’s part in the Great War – includes involvement in East Africa.

p258 on has information on Australians who served in Africa during the Great War. Matthew Smith, The Relationship Between Australians and the Overseas Graves of the First World War (2010)

Force Publique medals issued 1926 commemoration of Cameroun, Tabora and Ruanda

Belgian Congo in the 1914-1918 war (Portuguese)

Selection of diary accounts including some from Africa

HMS Talbot in East African waters

Although this does not deal with mapping during the war years, the pre and post war mapping information may be of use for those interested in maps of East Africa.