June 2021

A somewhat eclectic collection of bits this month.

Beit Al Amani or Zanzibar Museum – before (2011) and after (2018). The Museum was built as a memorial to those who lost their lives in WW1.

Frank Cundall’s Jamaica’s part in the Great War – includes involvement in East Africa.

p258 on has information on Australians who served in Africa during the Great War. Matthew Smith, The Relationship Between Australians and the Overseas Graves of the First World War (2010)

Force Publique medals issued 1926 commemoration of Cameroun, Tabora and Ruanda

Belgian Congo in the 1914-1918 war (Portuguese)

Selection of diary accounts including some from Africa

HMS Talbot in East African waters

Although this does not deal with mapping during the war years, the pre and post war mapping information may be of use for those interested in maps of East Africa.

May 2021

It’s been a quiet month, relatively speaking…

In case you haven’t seen the CWGC report into the Inequalities of Commemoration, this was released on 23 April. If you’ve only read the press reports on the issue, it is worth reading the report and especially the CWGC response regarding future action. The report shows the diversity of Africa and decisions made at the time and is grounded on documentary evidence.

Natal military sites of interest – some cover World War 1

Where are the guns?
This question seems to be doing the rounds again. Here is some a posting on a Konigsberg gun (there’s more in April 2019), The May Jackson, a screw-gun in Northern Rhodesia (The Northern Rhodesia Journal has an article and Tim Wright has also written about it – you can sign up for a free account if you don’t have one. There are numerous articles available on the First World War in Africa.) the May Jackson’s current location in Zambia needs confirming. If you have an idea please let us know.

The team in Tsavo are doing more trips. Dates are: The dates are as follows (all Fri, Sat and Sun):
• June (25th, 26th and 27th).
• July (23rd, 24th & 25th)
• Aug (27th, 28th & 29th) -provisional.
For further details, contact Tom Lawrence or James Willson.

The list of names of people involved in WW1 in Africa has been tidied up and renamed to better reflect its contents. It now contains over 38,500 names from all theatres with more being added. Belgian and German details still need to be finalised while Portuguese names are starting to feature. A couple of legacy sheets remain under In Memory – these names are slowly being added to the main database which covers the whole of Africa.
If you have names which are not on the list and are happy to share the info, please email me.
Similarly regarding the Bibliography of books, articles, chapters etc. These lists are in the process of being checked and tidied still.

April 2021

For German readers, there is now a biography on Heinrich Schnee available. It was published in 2017.
The Bundesarchiv has an online catalogue of material relevant to the war and Schnee. An English version can be found here.

The casualty list amongst other correspondence regarding the 1914 Battle of Sandfontein .

In case you haven’t yet seen this – a postal history of the war in Africa: GSWA by ASLC Leiden

The Armchair Historian has a 15 minute animated video of the campaigns in Africa. Be warned, there is an irritating promotion for the sponsor of the video (about 30secs) and factual inaccuracies.

There’s an article by an RAMC officer in East Africa (pgs5-8). He travels via Galippoli.

A KTN Kenya News documentary on the First World War in Tsavo and also a link to the setting up of a local museum collection.

Mel Page has recently published his Chiwaya War Voices through GWAA if you didn’t spot this in last month’s bookshop selection. He has also had an article published comparing African and American farmers and the war.