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:

January 2019

A VC never awarded – Colour Sergeant George Williams 1/3 KAR

Thanks to John Bannon for sharing this Youtube video on the Battle of Saisi, 1915 (13mins)

This looks a fascinating programme – trace a World War 1 ship. Astrea popped up when I loaded the webpage…

The CWGC December newsletter contains a piece on East Africa.

Tony Jewell spoke to Away from the Western Front about a doctor in the East Africa campaign. You can see/listen.

Two new articles from Harry Fecitt have been posted to the website: one on Tanga and the other on Jasin.

From 2014, some videos commenting on the war in Africa and empire participation; and the Guardian‘s ‘Global Guide‘ the First World War

A 1986 summary of the East Africa campaign by S Bourquin.

Apparently, the last British square was used in East Africa at the battle of Narunyu, near Lindi in 1917 by the 25th Royal Fusiliers (Legion of Frontiersmen).

A link into the West African campaigns. Germany invades Nigeria at Gurin, 1915

An article on the ‘Disposal of Mesopotamia and German East Africa‘ features in this overview of publications on the campaign in Mesopotamia.

Kingston Aviation records the Kingston aviation contribution to World War 1 – includes East Africa

Thanks to Dominic Hoole in South Africa for kindly supplying the names of all those featured on the Gunners Memorial in Potchefstroom. These have all been added to the Southern Africa In Memory list. For those interested, the list includes the names of the ‘Native Drivers’
Dominic has also drawn attention to the memoirs of Dan Fewster, a Hull Sergeant’s war diary
and that of Frances Lister, 4 South African Horse, in German East Africa.

And thanks, too, to John Webb for supplying the names of Royal Engineer – Signallers in East Africa. These have been added to the relevant In Memory list for anyone who wants to see. He writes: “The main source of these names is the War Diary of Lieut-General H.C Hawtrey (Deputy Director of Army Signals) which can be found in the WO 95/5303 series. It is hard not to be amazed and sometimes amused at the trials faced by the RE-Signals GHQ. There is a particular section of the War Diary dealing with the Nigeria Regiment who are using coded transmissions to order Whisky and Razor Blades. This explains the Nigerian entries in my list. Not surprisingly, the names in the War Diary are those of the Officer Corp. Where I have identified Sappers, it is from on-line diaries and the diary of my Grandfather-in-law.”

Another thanks to Tim Avery for completing the listing of EANLC Deaths. He has transcribed the data from registers copied at the SANDF Doc Centre. The lists for Desertions and Discharge are currently being catalogued by Tim. Please note that there are a few gaps in the records which still need to be verified/corrected due to poor handwriting, unusual abbreviations etc. These will be updated as soon as possible.

Lucy London has been discovering South African nurses who served both in East Africa and Europe during World War 1. Their names are being included on the GWAA In Memory lists but you can also read about them on Lucy’s blog and Facebook page.
A new memorial was dedicated in June 2018 to the nurses who served in World War 1 and 2. It includes those of the South African Military Nursing Service.

Habari, the Friends of East Africa is available online. Worth a search: 2014 has an article on Arnoldi (in Afrikaans).

And finally, the GWAA now has a bookshop. Other books will be added in due course.

December 2018

As might be expected the centenary of the end of the war dominates in the links below. Compared with coverage of events in 2004, it is clear the war in Africa has become more widely known across the globe. The next challenge is dispelling many of the myths which stil seem to be reproduced on a regular basis…

Exhibition in Klerksdorp, South Africa

Articles on the war in Africa
Al Jazeera on the untold history of World War 1 in Africa.

East Africa and Egypt feature in passing in this article on Indian contributions to WW1. Thanks to Richard Jewell for bringing it to attention.

Three articles recently appeared on the South African Heritage Portal concerning South Africa in World War 1, the end of the war in Africa and German graves in Kakamas.

Andrew Kerr shares some info on the Jammu Kashmir Rifles for the London Dogra Community (video)

Peter Dickinson on the history of South African representation at the London Cenotaph

The Nigerian Regiment was the focus of an article in the Nigerian Leadership Newspaper on 18 November 2018, while The Times of Zambia featured the war in Zambia. The Kenyan Standard carried at least two articles: Where are the Africans and How the Standard covered the war. The Herald in Zimbabwe looked at the popular myth-perpetuating exhibitions of the African campaigns – better than nothing… For those who subscribe to the UK Times there is a subscription article on the war in Africa. And the BBC mentioned Kenya.
Tom Lawrence let the Independent know about the war in Africa in a letter
Die Welt also carried an article (note: the date of the first photo is incorrect; are the askari in the second photo WW1 or WW2? can someone verify photo 3 being the laying down of arms? It looks pre-war to me)

James Willson was interviewed on the display and commemorations in Tsavo.

HHR White, 25th Royal Fusiliers (Legion of Frontiersmen)

A slightly different take on the war in Africa

And for a brief mention of World War 1 in Malawi, Mel Page shares his experiences of a 1991 visit to the country which features in his The Chiwaya War: Malawians and the First World War (Westview, 2000)

Thank you
A huge thank you to John Webb for supplying the names of the 100 men of the RGA 134 (Cornwall) unit which served in East Africa. These have all been added to the In Memory list

For sale and Recent publications
A couple of paintings by Sue Casson (http://www.artnet.com/artists/sue-casson/ and http://www.themajlisgallery.com/2012/06/sue-casson/) of motor vehicles in East Africa are available for purchase from someone in East Africa. If you are interested, please email Anne

Contributors to the publications, please contact Anne to ensure you get your author/contributor discount.

Zambia – the end of the war in Africa, 25 November 1918-25 November 2018

There came a time: Essays on the Great War in Africa – edited collection

Cinderella’s Soldiers: The Nyasaland Volunteer Reserve – Peter Charlton

Breaking the Myths: We Remember World War 1 in Africa – Diversity House