February 2020

A reminder that the deadline for submitting articles, chapters, essays for There Came a Time 2 is 17 February 2020. Please get in touch if you are planning to submit and need some extra time.

It’s been a little quiet on the website discovery front, although there’s been lots happening behind the scenes – which means more detail in future newsletters. There has been some updating of the In Memory lists based on new source materials uncovered. This information all needs transcribing, so if you have a spare moment and do not mind doing some mind-numbing copying of info into a spreadsheet, please get in touch. For anyone interested too, the names featuring in the East Africa General Routine Orders are slowly being added to a sheet in the East Africa In Memory List.

CWGC has been digitising some of their collection – including material on Africa

For members on Facebook, there is a page on The Great War in Africa – this is not related to the Great War in Africa Association.

New articles are constantly being added to the 1914-18 online encyclopedia – always worth a visit.

The following might be of interest for researchers looking for funding opportunities.

And finally, I was notified of the death of Gerry Rillings, a great supporter of the GWAA before he fell ill and an avid researcher of the war in East Africa. Some of you might have known Gerry through East Africa Books which he owned, or the English translations of My Life and the Walter Dobbertin book of photographs. Gerry was behind the publication of both and undertook some interviews with Kikamba veterans in the 1980s which were finally translated into English in 2014. These are in the care of the Imperial War Museum in London.

January 2020

Let me start by wishing all a peaceful 2020.

Thanks to all who attended the conference in November – it was a very fruitful day. Papers will be published in due course, as well as other contributions. If there is an article or paper you would like considered, please see the attached.

The Leffler story – contains some references to WW1 in Africa. Note: you need to work through these backwards/up, from June 2018, to get the chronology.

An intro to Harry Fecitt’s articles on World War 1 in Africa with links to Smuts’ despatches and SA officers’ roll for GSWA.

From 2011 an article on the Battle for Kisii

Soldiering in Egypt during the First and Second World Wars

British Pathe Africa snippets 1914-1920

A surprising discovery of an account of the African conflicts: London County Council Record of Service in the Great War by members of the Council’s staff

CWGC plans for Nairobi announced.

Memorial to first Marine deaths in Nigeria during the war.

On the topic of memorials, there is a roll of honour for Maritzburg Boys School which is in need of a permanent home following the closure of the school. If you have any ideas where it can find a safe haven, please let Anne know.

A video exhibition of the prisoner of war camp at Aus – quality is not brilliant.
There are also photographs of Aus pow camp amongst other things.

South African railway photos during World War 1 as well as the Railway Magazines.

And for those who have struggled to find the bookshop, hopefully the new button under resources makes life easier. More will be added during the year. In particular, keep an eye open for the reprints of the BASP collection.

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November 2019

The conference programme for 23 November is now available. If you would like to attend and haven’t yet booked, please get in touch. There are still a few places available. Details here.

Articles of interest
The last man to walk out of Delville Wood…was a Dundee man

Gus Hume-Gore – some letters from Skipper’s War.

German online colonial sources

In response to the Guardian article on African war graves, the CWGC has issued the following.

CWGC on restoring the Askari monument in Mombasa
The lengths individuals go to remember the War dead – a CWGC gardner in Egypt

Deadline for Endangered Archives applications closes 11 November 2019.

Medal collectors might be interested to know that Spinks have some African World War 1 medals for sale in their next auction: 27th & 28th November, commencing each day at 10am. See the catalogue for details.

Brian Tarpey sent this in following the article on Dartnell in September.

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