March 2022

We’re well into the year already but start with the sad news that Ann Crichton-Harris died on 16 January. Ann was the author of Seventeen Letters to Tatham, the account of her grandfather’s time in East Africa as a doctor of the East Africa campaign. As far as I know, Tatham’s account is the first medical biographical account to be published – Francis Brett Young’s work being classed as autobiographical. She continued her interest in East Africa and despite a very active life, very kindly transcribed another doctor’s diary which will be published through GWAA in due course.

While on the topic of transcribing – a huge thank you too to Jonathan Taylor for transcribing the names of those who were awarded Bronze War Medals from Basutoland and Nigeria/West Africa in WO 329/2372. As a result of his dedication we have been able to add over 3,700 names to the Names of those Who Survived and Died in Africa. These names although added to the database, will be integrated fully in due course once some final formatting has been undertaken. In a separate tab on the same spreadsheet are General Routine Order (GRO) entries (WO 128/228 and WO 128/229) for East Africa starting from 1916. All entries until July 1916 are now transcribed with random other entries. The names on the GRO list have not yet been cross-referenced with the main list so if you are searching for someone, it’s best to check both tabs. The remaining GRO entries continue to be transcribed If you spot any names not included, please email me so we can add them. Apart from assisting individuals with family and other research, obtaining as complete a list as possible will assist with larger studies into numbers involved in the various theatres (such as confirming or otherwise information coming to light in the CWGC non-commemoration project).

Not all African awards and promotions were announced in the London Gazettes as they were decisions made locally. The GRO entries therefore compliment and supplement those in the London Gazette. A summary/overview of African mentions in the London Gazettes in 1914 and 1915 has been compiled.

CWGC have been busy. Their January 2022 update with information on the non-commemoration project can be found here. It’s all helping to piece the EA jigsaw together.

Mauritius will be commemorating the centenary of its war memorial at Curepipe in April. More details will be provided in due course but here is a timeline of Mauritius’ involvement in the war and the memorial

A list of engagements/encounters in the African theatres has been added to the website. This contains extracts from WO 33/3147 Report of the Battles Nomenclature Committee which met in 1919.

Although not Africa specific, this article has a breakdown of the various military medical stages a wounded/ill soldier or carrier would pass through. Slight variations exist for Africa due to the multiple administrative bodies involved: Colonial Medical Service, Indian and South African Medical Services in addition to the RAMC. The German equivalent is described here.

There are more EA theatre books on the EA theatre from a private collection for sale.

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