May 2022

There is not much for this month, but a few items have tight deadlines so I thought I’d post this sooner rather than later…

Names missing from a memorial in South Africa – CWGC announcement; memorial design competition closing date 2 June 2022 (Heritage Portal article)

Info on SS Mendi Memorial in Rondebosch, SA

For anyone in the neighbourhood wanting to do a Tsavo Battlefield Tour, Tom Lawrence has today released the following:
Apologies for the short notice of this trip, but it has been cobbled together, but it will provisionally be as follows;
• Friday 10th June. Meet at Tsavo River Station (please come with a packed lunch). Over lunch we will set the scene. Next will be a brief look at the Tsavo River defences inside Tsavo West. That night will be spent at Kitani Bandas (these are self-catering and depending on the nature of the group we will either eat at Severin Lodge, or work out our own catering.
• Saturday 11th June. Drive to Kitchwa Tembo Fort. This has only recently been revisited having probably not had a soul visit it for some twenty of so years (the last time james Willson was there was about 25 years ago. This will be 4×4 ONLY. From there we will go to Taita Hills Lodge where we will stay.
• Sunday 12th June. Go down to Taveta, visiting Maktau (where the main British garrison was), and Taveta Cemetery, and the old police station where the first shot of the East African Campaign was fired. Lunch will be at Grogan’s Castle. If there are those who need to get back to nairobi, you can do so direct from Taveta up to Oloitokitok and then on the brand new tarmac to Emaili, or Kajiado.
• Monday 13th June. For those who don’t have conventional jobs, and can afford an extra day and not have to drive back to Nairobi, I have to go and try to locate some graves of the 130th Baluchis on Kasiagu mountain… we have been so close for three trips now, but have narrowed it down -so fingers crossed!!!
For further info and costings please contact Tom direct on atomlaw50[@]gmail.com”

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