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3 September 1915 : Lt William Darnell VC
Parents Henry and Rose Ann. William enlisted, only age 15, in 1901 in the South African Rifles and went to Africa. He returned to Australia 12 years later, became an actor and married Elizabeth (née Smyth) in April 1906. They lived at 'Maktau', Phillips Avenue, Murrumbeena, Victoria. William enlisted when war was declared in August 1914 an…
Malaria in the Great War
A 1946 map by kind permission of the World Health Organisation) Malaria in the Great War by Dr David Payne (This article first appeared in Stand To! No.77 September 2006 pp5 - 8) Introduction Throughout history pestilence has been the cause of the majority of the casualties of war. In general, the Great War proved to be an exception, with a r…
'East Africa in WW1: The Kenyan battlefield 1914-1916' by Kevin Patience
Kevin Patience will be giving a talk on East Africa in the First World War. The Kenyan battlefield 1914-1916
The Forgotten Front: East Africa 1914-1918
In Britain, most of the commemorative anniversaries held to mark events or battles or the First World War have been mainly focussed on Europe and the heavy fighting that took place there. In contrast, the remembrance of faraway theatres has been much more subdued despite the enormous impact and devastation the conflicts had on the societies that it…
'One Man’s War in East Africa' with Richard Pullen
East Africa, the forgotten front, told by Harold Downs DCM, a lad from Hull who was conned into joining the RGA by the recruiting Sgt. He ended up in Africa, six months away from the army postal service, with little food, lions all around and a trail of broken down vehicles littering Africa behind them as they searched for Von Lettow Vorbeck and hi…
'Shout at the Devil' The blockade and destruction of the German cruiser Konigsburg.
The Wiltshire branch 2022/23 season gets underway with a look at an aspect of the war in East Africa that we have not previously examined. Kevin Patience is visiting the branch to present his talk entitled ‘Shout at the Devil’. This is an account of the blockade and destruction of the German cruiser Konigsburg by the Royal Navy and the Royal Flyin…