January Update

Welcome to another update from the GWAA.
There’s quite a bit in this update, so hopefully you’ll find something of interest/use.

“Focus on…”
A new section on the GWAA site. Add your comments or add a theme…

Harry Fecitt has contributed an article on the 22 Derajat Pack Battery.

Podcast and publication from Ed Paice’s recent talk: How the Great War razed East Africa

The latest Legion of Frontiersman Topic Page is on DP Driscoll. You’ve got until the end of the month to read it…

The SA Legion have published some reminiscences on the German South West Africa Campaign.

The African theatres in the news:

“For the Fallen” – photographic tribute to the unsung heroes of the Great War (thanks to Harry for the link)

The November edition of the CWGC newsletter has two articles on African theatres:
Somaliland marks the centenary and the Battle of the bees, aka Tanga

Member Ann Crichton-Harris has an article in the Christmas 2014 edition of Family Magazine: The campaign to be remembered. If you missed getting a hardcopy, you can purchase the magazine

A slightly neglected African theatre: The Suez Canal

World War 1 through Arab eyes – Recruitment in North Africa

BBC World War 1 interactive on Togoland and East Africa

Edward Clay wrote to the Financial Times about the lack of remembrance of the colonial forces. You need to be a registered FT user to read/access.

You may have heard that there is talk of the Imperial War Museum looking to sell its library stock. A number of members have signed a petition – if you haven’t and would like to, here is one
There are a number circulating by different pressure groups.

And one not quite fully in the news: Roads to the Great War’s The British Empire’s contribution to Victory

Help sought
Norman Parsons Jewell diaries – do you know where they are? Some years ago these diaries were lent to someone and have since disappeared. If you know of their whereabouts, please get in touch as the family are keen to be reunited with them.

The Forgotten Heroes 1914-1918 Foundation is crowd sourcing all Arab Muslims (North African) who fought in World War 1. A number also served in East Africa. If you know of any, please add them
There is also a call for papers out – see the Forum for details.

Gerald Rillings is looking for people to write on different sections on the East African Campaign in WW I. See the Forum for details.

One of the things I’m going to be adding to the site in the next little while are places to see in Africa which are WW1 related. If you have any in your vacinity, please do let me know and also if you are able to accommodate people/show them around etc (or know someone who can). Please feel free to pass on any relevant websites to me or this request to others. I’m going this route as the only person who has been able to organise battlefield tours is James and I have various people asking about where they can go and what they can see. By putting info on the web, they can then create their own tour…

Final bits
And for a slightly different Last Post, you can hear Mark Knopfler on guitar

For users of the British Library, the Library has decided to allow some photography of material in its some reading rooms

August update

100 years ago the world (or a significant part of it) was at war. This update contains some of the links to articles and materials on Africa in the war.

Ed Paice – How the war razed East Africa

Michael Pesek Blog

BBC: The World’s War by David Olusoga

The National Archives (Britain): A global view featuring Africa amongst other areas
and Wartime diplomacy: the role of the Empire (podcast)
Other bits from TNA on WW1

Anne Samson – Why were the British and Allied forces unable to dislodge the renowned German General Paul von Lettow Vorbeck in East Africa?

Tanzanian Citizen – How World War 1 broke out in East Africa

Royal Navy visits CWGC Cemetery in Ghana

The World War 1 in Africa project: What happened in Africa should not stay in Africa

Legion of Frontiersmen Topic page focusing on East Africa
and World War 1 in general

Guardian Interactive documentary

Conferences and events
Taita/Taveta – 14-16 August
GWAA get-together in London – 22 November (details to be confirmed)
Sandhurst – There are 2 papers on East Africa, including one by member Ed Yorke 29 November 2014

Updates to the site:
African Archive Guide – see https://gweaa.com/?page_id=4370

Another development is the introduction of book sales through the GWAA. Watch this space – the page should be available in September. If you would like to promote/sell a book through the site, please contact Anne.

Don’t forget to have a look at the Forum pages where members have posted queries. All would be grateful for some information…

If you have had any articles or books published on Africa in World War 1 or you come across any useful sources, please let Anne know so that this information can be shared with others.

Best wishes (from the cold, wet slopes of Kilimanjaro)

August 1914-2014 commemorations

The following commemorative events in August have been brought to my attention concerning the war in Africa.

TUESDAY, 5 AUGUST 2014 at 19.30
Erlswold Way in Saxonwold
August 1914 – 100 years ago World War I was declared

A moving tribute to those men and women who made the supreme sacrifice, in a programme with a dramatic mix of music, poetry and readings, featuring some of the great First World War poets, read by Alan Swerdlow and Peter James Smith.

The programme will end with the Last Post being played beneath the War Memorial: A memorial to those who died in wars.

TICKETS: R150 (this includes a glass of wine or gluhwein)
Seating is limited to 300.
There is plenty of safe parking
BOOKING: Please phone 011 447 9264 or email rcock@iafrica.com
BANK DETAILS: Chanticleer Singers. NEDBANK (Greenside 197505); A/c No 1975 046 560; Reference: surname 4/8
Chanticleer Singers
P O Box 627, ParklandsJohannesburg
[P]: 011 447 9264| [F]:

SUNDAY 10 August, at 14h30, in the Ditsong Military Museum Auditorium, South Africa
Address as above

Commemorative Film Show
Centenary of the Outbreak of World War I

As part of the SA Military History Society’s and the Ditsong Military History Museum’s Programme of Events based around the Centenary of the First World War, a special showing of the classic movie, “Oh What a Lovely War!” made in 1969, and one of the most controversial made about the War.

The Event will be organised under the kind auspices of the Majestic Film Society.

The ticket price of R100 per person will include an introductory talk as well as tea and refreshments after the movie. Booking is essential.

To book, please contact the Majestic, on majestic@telkomsa.net, or at Tel: 011 486 3648

Events are also planned in Kenya but dates need to be confirmed. Details will be added once confirmed.