October 2020

It is with sadness that I report the death of Dennis Weatherall, “Old Seadog”. A battlefield tour guide, his specific interest in WW1 was in the Lake Tanganyika Expedition.

The Rhodesiana Society has copies of journals available online for private research. There are a few links to WW1 Africa articles.

CWGC has a Facebook page dedicated to South Africa. They are looking for info on World War 1, if anyone is able to assist.
Evidence of lion activity in the EA Campaign.

Can anyone help please? Looking for a photo of a Nigerian WW1 memorial

Although not World War 1 is not mentioned, this history of Kilwa Kisiwani has an interesting reconstructed photo of the area putting it in perspective for its later WW1 involvement.

For members linked with archives in Africa, the following Endangered Archive funding round might be of interest. Deadline is 19 November.

Thanks to all who have been in email contact over the past few weeks – it’s always good to hear from members and what you’re doing or about items that have triggered other thoughts etc. This gravestone from Mozambique was one as was this one of a nurse laying a wreath at her brother’s grave at Delville Wood. For those who can’t read Dutch/Afrikaans, the inscription translates as “I won’t open my mouth – the Lord has determined so”. Not many headstones for South Africans have inscriptions on which adds another dimension to this one.

Finally, in anticipation of a researcher who has been in touch looking into “dog tags” including those for labour in the African theatres, if you have any images or sources of information which c/would be of help to someone not familiar with Africa in World War 1 please let me know.

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