April 2019

Why South African Wijnand Vic Hamman who died in France in 1917 has two graves – by Emile Coetzee

Thomas Royer has started bringing together information on Zanzibar in WW1.

Michelle Moyd’s Ordeal and Opportunity: Ending the First World War in Africa was published in The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Winter 2019, vol 43:1

Fernando Rita on The First World War in Mozambique and
Luis Barroso on The First World War in Angola

There is an interesting forum discussion about the Konigsberg guns and what happened to them after the war. A pity I didn’t have the info for an article published in SA in November.

Following some enquiries around Namibia/South West Africa recently, this 2015 review might be of interest. And a search on Namibiana.

Geoff Pocock has a collection of essays published in The Frontiers of Truth – accounts of the Legion of Frontiersmen, some of whom served with the 25th Royal Fusiliers in East Africa.

Douglas Duncan, the grandson of EL Lindsay who was present at the laying down on arms on 25 November 1918 is having his grandfather’s photographs enhanced and which will be available for purchase. If you are interested, please let me know so I can put you in touch with Douglas.

Don’t forget to see what’s in the bookshop. More coming in the next few weeks.

March 2019

WW1 South African flying ace was a baker.

Walter Giddy on capture of Delville Wood.

South Africans and Folkestone during World War 1.

For those interested in postal history.

Flechette from HMS Manica – briefing by Kevin Patience.

This Konigsberg gun is looking a little worse for wear:

Away from the Western Front report on Egypt, Palestine and Syria
East Africa medical project.

National Army Museum overview of the East Africa campaign (video 4.14mins).

Zambian journalist, Francis Lungu, wins accolade for reporting on WW1 in Africa.

Africa is due to feature in “In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War” which is scheduled for release in English on 28 June 2019. It is the brain-child of Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy – a Hungarian photographer. More details will follow as they become available. More can be seen on Facebook in the meantime.

A documentary which has some footage (25 mins) of the centenary commemorations in Zambia and discusses WW2 veterans in the main. It has elicited some strong feelings so please can I ask that if you feel the need to express your views about the documentary you do not post them on this site which aims to be a hub of info and a neutral platform, but rather email me privately – this represents one view of a very complex issue. It is posted here as a record of WW1 in Africa commemoration.

If you know of anyone who is a regular user of The National Archives in Kew, there is a vacancy for an on-site representative to take my place. I used the opportunity to promote greater access for people (particularly from Africa) who are unable to get to London to access material especially on WW1 in Africa. If you are, or know someone who might be, interested, details are here. Closing date is 15 March 2019.

(Details on calendar entries)
9 March in Derby – On the Sidelines will be exploring photos and how they tell the story of WW1 in Africa

Wednesday 13 March there will be a book reading of Untold Friendships and on Friday 15 March, Luc Ferrier will be speaking on Muslim involvement in WW1, incluing Africa, in Forgotten Heroes, Untold Friendships at King’s College London. Book on eventbrite.com (Free)

GWAA will be at the Britania Medal fair on 17 March, there will be copies of the various books on sale, or just pop past to say hello if you’re in the neighbourhood.

Legacies of WW1 will feature some talks/workshops on Africa between 22-23 March in Birmingham

February 2019

A drum given to Louis Botha by a chief in 1916 was sold on auction in 2013.

For those interested in mail of the campaign, here are two items which were up for auction in 2010.

Olive Schriener’s letters have been put online. There are a few dealing with her thoughts of South Africa in the war (see topic SA changes 1914-1920).

More on the Battle for Saisi

Some photos of 1 Rhodesian Regiment in 1914.
Another photo – this one of 1916 Armoured vehicle with spare bicycle tyre

A couple of men who served in Africa during WW1 are mentioned in this Legion of Frontiersmen article
A very short diary extract (video) on Cameroon 1916

The sad reality of so many African memorials. If anyone has a photograph or list of names on the Bez Valley memorial, please send it in so the names can be recorded on the In Memory lists. And perhaps a photo of it in its heyday for the Memorial page?

Iringa Boma has information on
– Schutztruppe and Askaris in Iringa
– German and British WW 1 memorial and graves at the commonwealth graveyard
– History of Max Poppe, Hauptmann in the Lettow-Vorbeck troop and grandfather of Zacharia and Caesar
– British seizure of Iringa in 1916
as well as related topics:
– Everything about the Hehe-German wars
– Battles of Lugalo and Kalenga in details
– Tom von Prince in Iringa
– Maji Maji in Iringa
visits can be arranged to the local war graves cemetery.
If you know of any other similar places, please let me know so they can be added to the list to assist others wanting to visit.

If anyone is interested in pursuing some research into Chinese involvement in East Africa during World War 1, I recently extrapolated the basics from two War Diaries as a starting point.

And the Forgotten Heroes exhibition, Singularity of Peace, continues at Manbre Wharf Hammersmith until 29 March 2019. To view the exhibition which contains photos of Africa in World War One, you need to book by email.

This month’s added books: