March 2019

WW1 South African flying ace was a baker.

Walter Giddy on capture of Delville Wood.

South Africans and Folkestone during World War 1.

For those interested in postal history.

Flechette from HMS Manica – briefing by Kevin Patience.

This Konigsberg gun is looking a little worse for wear:

Away from the Western Front report on Egypt, Palestine and Syria
East Africa medical project.

National Army Museum overview of the East Africa campaign (video 4.14mins).

Zambian journalist, Francis Lungu, wins accolade for reporting on WW1 in Africa.

Africa is due to feature in “In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War” which is scheduled for release in English on 28 June 2019. It is the brain-child of Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy – a Hungarian photographer. More details will follow as they become available. More can be seen on Facebook in the meantime.

A documentary which has some footage (25 mins) of the centenary commemorations in Zambia and discusses WW2 veterans in the main. It has elicited some strong feelings so please can I ask that if you feel the need to express your views about the documentary you do not post them on this site which aims to be a hub of info and a neutral platform, but rather email me privately – this represents one view of a very complex issue. It is posted here as a record of WW1 in Africa commemoration.

If you know of anyone who is a regular user of The National Archives in Kew, there is a vacancy for an on-site representative to take my place. I used the opportunity to promote greater access for people (particularly from Africa) who are unable to get to London to access material especially on WW1 in Africa. If you are, or know someone who might be, interested, details are here. Closing date is 15 March 2019.

(Details on calendar entries)
9 March in Derby – On the Sidelines will be exploring photos and how they tell the story of WW1 in Africa

Wednesday 13 March there will be a book reading of Untold Friendships and on Friday 15 March, Luc Ferrier will be speaking on Muslim involvement in WW1, incluing Africa, in Forgotten Heroes, Untold Friendships at King’s College London. Book on (Free)

GWAA will be at the Britania Medal fair on 17 March, there will be copies of the various books on sale, or just pop past to say hello if you’re in the neighbourhood.

Legacies of WW1 will feature some talks/workshops on Africa between 22-23 March in Birmingham

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