May 2019

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office take on Africa’s Great War.

Brian Tarpey has kindly provided a short overview of Charles Futcher Smith of the 25th Royal Fusiliers Legion of Frontiersmen. It has been added to the other Personal Histories. More on the 25th Fusiliers and the Legion of Frontiersmen.

Intelligence galantry awards for East Africa by Harry Fecitt.

The Royal Marines were involved in the Battle of Trekkoppies in German South West Africa. Here’s a little more about Trekkoppies and a bit more academic, and locally in Namibia: overview, insignia in the desert. More digging is required to find out what the Marines did though.

A fascinating collection of items including Africa during World War 1, items 21-33

Diary of Battery Quartermaster Sergeant GJ Maker: A Narrative of the Right Section, 5th Mountain Battery, South African Mounted Riflemen. Central African Imperial Service Contingent, Nyasaland, 1915 – 1918. Part 1 ; Part 2

Keeping with Nyasaland, there’s a 1922 summary of the war by SS Murray in the Handbook of Nyasaland.

And interestingly on ebay there was a copy of Karonga Kronicles for sale during April. Thanks to Julian from Languages World War 1 for the link.

The 1914-1918 Encyclopedia team are looking for articles on Africa in World War 1 – I spotted ,em>4 on the list.

For anyone who wants to revisit the 2015 BBC discussion on Tanzania in World War 1, you can do so here. Thanks to Steve Eeles for sending in the link.

Sadly, member Kenneth Steuer passed away. He was looking into aspects of American YMCA in East Africa during the war. A few of us had the privilege of meeting Kenneth at the 2016 conference in Stellenbosch. Although Africa isn’t mentioned, here is a forerunner publication.

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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 (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