March 2018

Further to the Australian naval Pioneer which was mentioned in February, another article on the same ship has come to light.

Continuing with the shipping theme, Kevin Patience’s new book on Ship Wrecks is available. This includes information on Konigsberg and Pegasus both sunk during World War 1.
Kathleen Satchwell opens the window on The Union-Castle Line which provided many of the ships which transported troops to and from Africa during World War 1.

Roads to the Great War published an article from the UK Foreign Office on World War 1 in Africa.

There is a mention of a YMCA Swahili phrase book used in East Africa during the war courtesty of Languages and the First World War.

In case you missed it back in 2016, Ed Yorke writes about carrier life in Northern Rhodesia.

Ann Crichton-Harris has alerted me to the fact that the Illustrated War News is freely available for 1914-1918.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission has been doing some innovative filming of memorials in East Africa. The collection below documents some of what they were doing.
renovations of memorials in East Africa
The use of technology in restoring memorials.
To see the image, click on the video
Daily Nation report
A snippet on Wavell‘s memorial
Images of the Dar memorial

February 2018

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission spent 2017 making some changes in Africa as recorded in their report and 2018 promises to be just as busy.
You can follow Juan Maree on Twitter to see what is happening in Southern Africa.

The inspirational FC Selous (Legion of Frontiersmen)

Blockading German East Africa – an Australian link See more under Naval

Recent books and discovered publications including Africa and World War 1
Sideshows of the Indian Army in World War 1 by Harry Fecitt – The paperback version was released in January 2018.

The Unknown Fallen: The Global Allied Muslim Contribution in the First World War by 1914-18 Forgotten Heroes was also published in January. It is an introduction to Muslim involvement in the war without the politics. There are three sections on Africa and as with Harry’s book, it opens up aspects of the global war little considered before (US, China, Russia).

Thanks to Ann Crichton-Harris for bringing After the First World War by Quentin Holbert (History Today, Jan 2018) to attention. Ann is the author of 17 Letters to Tatham available from GWAA.

MA Dissertation on the expansion of the KAR 1914-1918 (1966)

Anyone looking for UK Cabinet Papers concerning World War 1 in Africa can access them online through the History Lab (has other correspondence too USA and UK including WW2)

With a British Library user card/log-in you can now access some African newspapers online. Papers covering the war years include: Gold Coast Leader (1914-1918); Gold Coast Nation (1914-1918), Gold Coast Independent (June 1918- ), East African Standard ( – Oct 1915), Leselinyana La Lesutho (1914-1918), Nyasaland Times (1914-1918), Beira News and East Coast Chronicle (Sep 1917 – ), Beira Post ( – Aug 1917), O Africano (1914-1918), Luderitzbuchter Zeitung (1914-1918), Swakopmunder Zeitung (1914-1918), Lagos Standard (1914-1918), Lagos Weekly Record (1914-1918), Nigerian Chronicle ( – Mar 1915), Nigerian Pioneer (1914-1918), Nigerian Times (1914-1918), Colony and Provincial Reporter (1914-1918), Sierra Leone Guardian and Foreign Mails (1914-1918), Sierra Leone Weekly News (1914-1918), Ilanga Lase Natal (1914-1918), Imvo Zabantsundu (1914-1918), Indian Opinion (1914-1918), International (Sep 1915 – ), Izindaba Zabantu (1914-1918), Mafeking Mail and Protectorate Guardian (1914-1918), South African Outlook (1914-1918), Tsala Ea Batho ( – Jul 1915), Uganda Herald (1914-1918), Livingstone Mail (Jan 1916 – ), Buluwayo Chronicle (1914-1918), Rhodesia Herald (1914-1918)

January 2018

To start the new year off, Happy New Year.

The National Archives in London, one of the best sources for info on WW1 Africa, is looking for some feedback on its new advanced ordering system – if you have a couple of free minutes before 15 Jan, please can you help:
As part of some research into advance orders, our webteam have established a Treejack survey to try and better understand where people would look for the service and information. It involves 2 tasks and a few questions so should be quite quick to do. It does not matter how familiar people are with TNA or whether they have used the advance orders service.
The link is

A sad report on a memorial in South Africa
And another sad story of a soldier who lost his life helping save someone in the Thames. Thanks to Peter Dickinson for this one.

Not all uniforms and parades – Charles Stoneham, Legion of Frontiersmen

Quarterly Army Lists (1913-1919) have been scanned by the National Library of Scotland
Quarterly Naval Lists (1913-1921) have also been scanned by the National Library of Scotland
Both lists have been added to the bibliography

On curating a World War 1 Africa exhibition by Yewande Okuleye

The story of Jackie, the baboon

Oliver Schulten has updated his Bibliography which can be found along with other sources of info under Resources.

There is a new coffee table book out at the end of the month looking at Allied Muslim involvement in World War 1. The aim is to introduce new audiences to the war and its global nature. It tells the story of those who served – no politics. Little known theatres such as Africa, China and Russia are included.

This is looking to be an exciting year on the publication front for GWAA. Providing all goes to plan, the last of the chronology of The Lake Tanganyika Expedition should be out – the last stray documents have been transcribed and double checking is underway.

William Endley’s book South Africa at War: The Union Defence Force in World War 1 should be out by April. This tells the story of the South African units using William’s personal collection as the basis. This book has special significance as it is being published whilst William is in captivity in Sudan. Publication is at his request. Some will have seen snippets on Facebook which he posted at intervals. And I can say from editing the publication, that it’s going to be a very useful resource for a variety of researchers.

A commemorative book is in production for the end of the war in Africa. If you have any contributions, please send them to me by April – the publication will include a chronology of the last days (11 November through to 25 November and the Germans leaving in early 1918) as well as a contribution by the King’s African Rifles and East African Forces Association.
For people wanting to join in the commemorative events in Zambia in November, please contact Claire who can advise on itineraries which fit in with the big event on 25 November.

And finally, the long-awaited conference publication should be making its appearance: a bumper edition.

For regular visitors, you will have noticed that the tabs at the top of the page have changed. Hopefully this makes it easier to find things. Information will be added as it is available – please send in contributions and any feedback you might have. This is a resource for all interested in aspects of World War 1 in Africa.