March 2020

As you’ll no doubt have realised, it’s been another rather busy period away from the web, although hopefully this newsletter makes up for it a bit.

One result of all this busy-ness is that the BSAP catalogue (which includes more than just WW1 Africa accounts of the BSAP) is now available through GWAA – see also under books for sale/resources. This is part of a new collaboration between BSAP and GWAA. Ebook versions will also be added as time goes by.
South Africa at War: The Union Defence Force in World War 1 by William Endley is now available for purchase. This has been a long-time coming as those of you who know William and are linked to his Facebook page will be well aware.
And if a personal plug is permitted, my book on Kitchener: The Man not the Myth has been published by Helion and is available through War Books in South Africa. The book has its origins in Kitchener objecting to the escalation of conflict in East Africa in 1915/6.

For members with an interest in shipping, the War Time Memories Project seems to have some useful/interesting snippets concerning Africa. And for anyone wanting to access ships’ logs – quite a few can be found here with some summary info here.
A photo collection by the doctor of SS Salamis which transported troops between East Africa and South Africa during the war.

Looking for info on people who worked or lived in East Africa between 1880 and 1939? Try Europeans in East Africa.
Harry Fecitt has a number of articles featured on Guerrillas of Tsavo in a section called Heroes of East Africa.

A short 3 min overview of World War 1 in Africa video on Facebook (courtesy of Chris Eyte).
Colourised images of Africans in Europe during the war can be found on Facebook.

A growing database of RAMC personnel, some of whom served in Africa – you can’t search on location so it will be a bit of a trawl if you don’t know the name.

The UNESCO history of Africa is now available online – Chapter 12 of vol 7 covers World War 1.

Brazilian Navy patrols African coast during the war. And an article by Michael Pesek on the development of the colonial state as a result of the war. New articles are regularly added to the site.

A DSO instead of a VC against the Senussi by the Western Front Association. And how the survivors of a torpedoed ship became prisoners of the Senussi.

A new book “The Merit Medals for Combatants in German South West Africa 1892-1918” by Gordon McGregor has been published.

In addition to links with the BSAP Association, GWAA has also aligned with the Military Intelligence Museum. The latter are relocating and require help with funding

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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