Newsletter 7

Habari and Greetings

The latest Commonwealth War Grave Commission MANAGEMENT REPORT – OCT TO DEC 12-1 for work in Southern Africa is attached. There is nothing specific regarding East Africa in this edition but there is a piece on what is happening/being planned around the centenary and I thought it would be good to share as a number of men who fought in the Anglo-Boer War saw service in either GSWA and/or EA. There are also various men who saw service in EA who are buried in SA so I will continue to post updates from the South African CWGC as I get them.

As usual, we have some new queries on the site – Ion is looking for travel information from 1914 Hamburg to Dar for starters and Guy Ellis is looking for images on 26 Squadron for a publication. The various lists, In Memory and Books, articles etc have been updated including a book placing the war in the context of Tanganyika’s development by Gordon Dyus and two books on postal aspects by Regis Hoffman.

The following sources have been found which may be of interest to some:
Military advances made during war in general – an interesting article:

The Royal Logistics Corps covering the ASC and other service groups during World War 1:

HMS Astrea‘s log – link on ‘In Memory’ under Naval vessels

For those of you interested in numbers:
Membership is 116 at 4 Feb 2013
In Memory = 7510 names recorded
Books identified mentioning or about the campaign = 389
Articles on the campaign = 134
Novels involving the campaign = 19
Twitter followers = 77
These lists are not yet complete, if you are aware of anything/one missing, please let me know.

Harry Fecitt is talking in the US in March. If you are aware of any other relevant talks and publications, please let me know.

Until next time,

Newsletter 5 – November

It’s been a little while since the last newsletter and as you can imagine there’s been quite a bit going on.

I spent Rememberance Sunday in South Africa where red poppies were not as prominent as they are in the UK and was surprised at the number of people who did not know what the poppies stood for. Unfortunately, there also seems to be a divide amongst the population regarding the poppy as it’s now seen as a ‘colonial’ emblem. This is a huge pity given the number of lives of all colour which were lost in East Africa (let alone the rest of the war). I’m not sure how members in other countries see the poppy -please do let me know – but I see it in the same way as the origin of the minute’s silence – for all those who were affected. It was the South African Sir Percy Fitzpatrick (of Jock of the Bushveld fame) who suggested a two-minute silence. Apparently in South Africa, across the country a three-minute silence was held every day of the 1914-1918 war. Although Fitzpatrick lost his son Nugent on the Western Front, his other son Alan, commanded the 4th South African Horse in East Africa and survived the horrors of war.

The 100th membership milestone was achieved during the first weeks of November – in fact as I write, there are 102 of us registered on the site and I know of a fair few who haven’t (yet) but who are interested and investigating aspects of the EA campaign. Our membership spans the world – only Asia is not yet represented!

There have been a few books published on the East Africa campaign which might be of interest:

James Willson’s Guerillas of Tsavo can be obtained in the UK from UK from Peter J Ayre [] who is a specialist East African book seller based in Somerset. He is selling a limited number at ₤32 INCLUSIVE of p&p. There is also a PayPal account for orders placed through

Richard Pullen has published the memoirs of Sergeant Harold Downs of the 11th Hull Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery. Details can be found on the Forum under Sales/Books

Peter Charlton’s Cinderella’s Soldiers: The Nyasaland Volunteer Reserve is available from Peter directly. He’s on the Membership Only contact list for those of you registered for that, otherwise let me know and I’ll put you in touch.

Finally, Gerald Rilling has had Lettow-Vorbeck’s My Life translated into English. This can be purchased from Gerald through Abebooks.

Also on the Forum, under tours, are details of a Kilimanjaro climb Peter Baxter is organising. If you have any related tours, please do let others know of them on the Forum.

Steve Eeles has launched his website on the 25th Royal Fusiliers. You can also find it on the Related Groups section of the GWEAA.

During my travels I have met and discussed some centenary events with different people and organisations. I’ll be putting the details up on the ‘In Memory’ section. Please let me know of any you know of so that these can be added too. The same goes for any names to be added to the Names list which is now around the 4,000 mark including some carriers, women and children prisoners of war.

We’ve also had some new queries on the site – if anyone can help with information, it would be greatly appreciated.

As usual, any questions etc, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Until next time
Best wishes

Newsletter 4 – August 2012


It’s been a month since our first conference and I’d hoped to be in touch sooner. However, having now achieved the deadlines I’d set myself, here we are. Hopefully, you will have received a notification into your email account that there is a new post on the website. I thought this happened automatically, but clearly not. Rest assured, I will not be bombarding your email account with correspondence – only when there’s a new newsletter or something significant.

Our first conference was a great success – many thanks to all our speakers and others who attended. Thanks are also due to Hugh Phillips of the British South Africa Police Association for suggesting the conference and to Christopher Hill of Dix Noonan Webb for sponsorship. As agreed with those who presented and attended, the audio files are now available whilst publication of the proceedings is explored. You will require a password to access these – this will have been emailed to you if you are a member who attended the conference.

For members who have consented, there is now a page with members’ email addresses so you can contact each other directly. Again, this is password protected and as above, this will have been emailed to you. If you haven’t yet given permission for your email details to be shared with other members, please do let me know so I can add these to the list and let you have the password. Also, if you haven’t yet provided a profile to add to the ‘open’ membership page, please do so as this helps to link people working on similar areas. You can change/update this at any time by emailing me.

Some of you may have noticed some more changes to the website – please do let me have your comments. The lists of books and articles have been updated and continues to be. If you have a publication which does not yet feature, please let me know (including how copies can be obtained). In addition, there is now an ‘In memory’ section which contains the names of men and women who were involved in the East Africa campaign – this has now reached 1,000 names and is in a searchable spreadsheet with references of where the names featured. Again, please let me have the details of those you come across or if you can fill in some of the gaps in the current list. Further, if you know of any museums or locations where the campaign features, please let me know. This includes any planned centenary events you may know of. The Forum has been restructured and includes reviews and new publications. A number of members have asked some questions – please have a look and see if you can assist.

As usual, ideas, comments and contributions are more than welcome.
Until next time, kindest regards