January 2020

Let me start by wishing all a peaceful 2020.

Thanks to all who attended the conference in November – it was a very fruitful day. Papers will be published in due course, as well as other contributions. If there is an article or paper you would like considered, please see the attached.

The Leffler story – contains some references to WW1 in Africa. Note: you need to work through these backwards/up, from June 2018, to get the chronology.

An intro to Harry Fecitt’s articles on World War 1 in Africa with links to Smuts’ despatches and SA officers’ roll for GSWA.

From 2011 an article on the Battle for Kisii

Soldiering in Egypt during the First and Second World Wars

British Pathe Africa snippets 1914-1920

A surprising discovery of an account of the African conflicts: London County Council Record of Service in the Great War by members of the Council’s staff

CWGC plans for Nairobi announced.

Memorial to first Marine deaths in Nigeria during the war.

On the topic of memorials, there is a roll of honour for Maritzburg Boys School which is in need of a permanent home following the closure of the school. If you have any ideas where it can find a safe haven, please let Anne know.

A video exhibition of the prisoner of war camp at Aus – quality is not brilliant.
There are also photographs of Aus pow camp amongst other things.

South African railway photos during World War 1 as well as the Railway Magazines.

And for those who have struggled to find the bookshop, hopefully the new button under resources makes life easier. More will be added during the year. In particular, keep an eye open for the reprints of the BASP collection.

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November 2019

The conference programme for 23 November is now available. If you would like to attend and haven’t yet booked, please get in touch. There are still a few places available. Details here.

Articles of interest
The last man to walk out of Delville Wood…was a Dundee man

Gus Hume-Gore – some letters from Skipper’s War.

German online colonial sources

In response to the Guardian article on African war graves, the CWGC has issued the following.

CWGC on restoring the Askari monument in Mombasa
The lengths individuals go to remember the War dead – a CWGC gardner in Egypt

Deadline for Endangered Archives applications closes 11 November 2019.

Medal collectors might be interested to know that Spinks have some African World War 1 medals for sale in their next auction: 27th & 28th November, commencing each day at 10am. See the catalogue for details.

Brian Tarpey sent this in following the article on Dartnell in September.

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October 2019

Registration for the Great War Africa conference on 23 November 2019 at the Indian YMCA, London is now open.
Information if you want to present or contribute a paper and/or attend. Paper proposals must be in by Monday 21 October.

Remembering Square Hill by Janet Szabo.

Women and children from Luderitzbucht interned in South Africa; transcribed list

For German readers there’s an account of being a prisoner of war in South Africa and England by Georg Wilhelm Wagener

Legion of Frontiersmen’s Arthur Lloyd and the East Africa Reunion dinners

Some BBC articles on the end of the war in Africa and the Versailles Treaty.

History Today article on GEA and the end of the war.

Timothy Wright’s History of the Northern Rhodesia Police is now online.

Portuguese involvement is covered in:
The myths of Portuguese belligerency by Antonio Jose Telo
Portugal in the Great War of 1914-1918 and the war in Africa by Nuno Lemos Pires
Mozambique and the Great War by Fernando Rita
Other articles in Portuguese can be found here
Thanks to Richard Jewell for the link.

And for something a little different, there’s a new publication by Melvin Page: Distinguished Conduct – An African life in Colonial Malawi. Part 2 concerns the Great War in Africa.

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