November 2020

The Colonial archive at Bristol University is now catalogued online. There is not much at all on World War 1 in Africa. Charles Alfred Bungey has some photos related to the war.

Counting the cost of war: The Great War’s impact in Africa edited by Karin Pallaver and Massimo Zaccaria (thanks to Mel Page for this link)

An insight into the image of von Lettow-Vorbeck by Kai He. (This was a high school project). If you are aware of any papers, articles, or books concerning the war in Africa which are not on the GWAA bibliography, or websites on the Links page, please let me know.

Some detailed discussion on Mount Labafu in north-west GEA.
Although some of the images have been removed from the forum, there are useful links to documents/sources on naval action on Lake Kivu.

This link to a German road/rail map in East Africa was submitted by Mark Dunbar – many thanks.

Documents on Ghana’s railway have been made available through the British Library Endangered Archive programme. There area few produced during the war years.

A monetary history of German East Africa – includes World War 1 complications.

BlackPoppyRose has a crowdfunding project on the go. Although Jamaica is the initial focus, it does include all African territories. Flyers are available for the various territories involved in WW1 – please get in touch if you would like one.

October 2020

It is with sadness that I report the death of Dennis Weatherall, “Old Seadog”. A battlefield tour guide, his specific interest in WW1 was in the Lake Tanganyika Expedition.

The Rhodesiana Society has copies of journals available online for private research. There are a few links to WW1 Africa articles.

CWGC has a Facebook page dedicated to South Africa. They are looking for info on World War 1, if anyone is able to assist.
Evidence of lion activity in the EA Campaign.

Can anyone help please? Looking for a photo of a Nigerian WW1 memorial

Although not World War 1 is not mentioned, this history of Kilwa Kisiwani has an interesting reconstructed photo of the area putting it in perspective for its later WW1 involvement.

For members linked with archives in Africa, the following Endangered Archive funding round might be of interest. Deadline is 19 November.

Thanks to all who have been in email contact over the past few weeks – it’s always good to hear from members and what you’re doing or about items that have triggered other thoughts etc. This gravestone from Mozambique was one as was this one of a nurse laying a wreath at her brother’s grave at Delville Wood. For those who can’t read Dutch/Afrikaans, the inscription translates as “I won’t open my mouth – the Lord has determined so”. Not many headstones for South Africans have inscriptions on which adds another dimension to this one.

Finally, in anticipation of a researcher who has been in touch looking into “dog tags” including those for labour in the African theatres, if you have any images or sources of information which c/would be of help to someone not familiar with Africa in World War 1 please let me know.

September 2020

Essays on the First World War in the Horn of Africa.

Some German publications covering the war in Africa, and photos.

The Spanish flu hits Kisumu and subsequent article (an example of how the media uses history).

In case you aren’t aware, there are numerous papers on the African campaigns of World War 1 on You do need to register to access them. The other site to have useful academic-type articles, some of which overlap with is

The Great War series: Countries in World War 1 youtube videos: German East Africa ; South Africa

For anyone interested in the demise of the boats which served on Lake Victoria during the war, The Uganda Journal has a short article.

A view of the Delville Wood memorial in 1926 – a mother from Boksburg, South Africa attended the unveiling. She lost three sons on the Western Front.

A war memorial with a difference – Uganda.

If anyone is interested in taking a WW1 reminiscent trip up the Zambezi and Shire rivers, please get in touch. Mark Anderson is thinking of doing a trip.