February 2024

Time just seems to be disappearing at the moment…however, I can now confirm that the 2024 Great War in Africa conference will be on Saturday 2 November 2024 at The Africa Centre in Southwark, London. Please book the date and if you would like to contribute a talk/paper, please let me know. Further details will be sent out in due course.

GWAA is currently seeking contributions for There Came a Time 3… in addition to the conference papers which will be published. If you have an article or something you would like to submit, please email me.
Regarding the publication Literature as Memory which Sergio Netto and I are editing, the deadline for contributions has been moved to mid-May 2024 for various reasons. Please submit your contribution as soon as it’s ready – this is proving to be a wide-ranging and exciting way of looking at the role of literature in remembering the First World War in Africa.

There is an opportunity with CWGC and University of Greenwich (Gavin Rand) to do a PhD looking at Indian (Punjab) World War 1 service registers. Whilst this doesn’t directly feature Africa, a large number of Indians served in the theatre and thus might be of interest.

For some background on Tim Lukin who commanded the South Africans in Europe during the First World War after starting his career in Africa in the Zulu War, see the 14 minute video Redcoat History.

For anyone interested in the Legion of Frontiersmen and who does not subscribe to the newsletter service, you can now download/read back copies at https://frontiersmenhistorian.info/newsletters/.

Sadly, Colin Carlin died 25 November 2023. His knowledge and love of Zambian history, particularly around the Abercorn/Mbala area will be missed. He contributed a battlefield piece to There Came a Time 2, and assisted Malcolm Alexander in his writing of Claude Oldfield’s biography, a summary of which also appears in There Came a Time 2.

Over the past few months the GWAA has received a number of new members. Welcome!
If there is anything you think the GWAA should be doing more of etc, please let me know.
for example, would it be helpful to have a list of members and their specific Great War Africa interest publicly available (no contact details included)? If so, please confirm by email including what you would like listed next to your name.
You might have noticed the books for sale section has expanded to include some 1899-1902 SA war books as well as WW2 and that the lists are being developed too. While more information will be appearing on the African condlicts pre- and post WW1, this will not detract from the main focus which is World War 1. This development is the result of a growing number of queries outside of the Great War and the limited information generally available. Comments, thoughts etc and volunteers to assist with making information accessible is always welcome.
Finally, there have been a number of enquiries as to how to become a member – simply sign up for the newsletter.

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