East Africa (First World War)

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Sixth Avenue Nairobi, British East Africa c 1915 sent by John Flatman who was probably in British East Africa with the Indian Army

Also Includes some other regions of Africa.

FIBIS resources

Also see

  • East Africa for record sources and general information about British African regiments such as the King's African Rifles, and the East African Mounted Rifles.

Regimental and Corps histories

  • History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery : the Forgotten Fronts and the Home Base 1914-18 by Sir Martin Farndale 1988. Available at the British Library UIN: BLL01008145796


External links

"Somaliland 1920: The Final Campaign against the “Mad Mullah”". Includes Indian Army troops.
Introduction; Part I. 17 January - 24 May 1916; Part 2. 25 May - 17 September 1916; Part 3.
 18 September 1916 - 26 February 1917


  • Photo page from On Call In Africa 1910-1932 Dr Norman Parsons Jewell in Seychelles and East Africa. Scroll down for a link to the photographs on the Mary Evans Picture Library, including WW1 war photos which commence image 25, page 3, or direct link. Catalogue details for the photographs. Dr Norman Parsons Jewell served as a Medical Officer with the British Army East African Medical Service throughout the First World War in East Africa and was awarded the Military Cross.


Historical books online

Contents page viii; General Index page 583; Index to Arms, Formations and Units page 597; Maps at end of book, after page 603.
See below for the one despatch for Rhodesia, and one for East Africa.
Transcribed reports by Dr W W Pike on the medical services in East Africa in the Medical Archive gweaa.com. Includes British East Africa and German East Africa, the latter publication is titled Report On Medical And Sanitary Matters In German East Africa 1917, published 1918.
"Inland Waterways and Docks, Royal Engineers in War Time, with special reference to the mystery port of Richborough (Lecture & Discussion)" by Captain A E Battle, RE Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1923-1924, pages 104-116. Includes Inland Water Transport in Mesopotamia, and brief mention of other theatres of war Egypt, Salonika, East Africa, Italy and Northern Russia. Melbourne University Digital Collection.
Chapter 1 Salute the Sappers by Neil Orpen with H.J. Martin. Series South African Forces World War II, Volume 8, Part 1. Published Johannesburg : Sappers Association, c1981-c1982. Details the formation of the S.A. Signal Company, R. E., and other South African Engineer units who served in France and East Africa. Transcription from ibiblio.org/hyperwar.
  • The Royal Army Service Corps: A History of Transport and Supply in the British Army, Volume II by Colonel R H Beadon 1931. Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India. Includes the First World War period, with a chapter on East Africa.
    • There are two known ASC MT Driver memoirs.[1]
  • A History of the Army Ordnance Services, Volume III: The Great War by Major General Arthur Forbes 2nd edition 1932, first published 1929. Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India . Includes a chapter on East Africa.
  • The Post Office of India in the Great War edited by H.A. Sams 1922 Archive.org. "East Africa", page 253.
  • "Military affairs in Rhodesia from the outbreak of the war to the beginning of 1916" The London Gazette 13 July 1917 Supplement: 30182 Page: 7067. Includes
    • The Tanganyika Naval Expedition [1915-1916] The London Gazette 13 July 1917 Supplement: 30182 Page: 7070.
      • "Naval Operations in Central Africa" by Commander G B Spicer Simson RN, page 287 United Empire The Royal Colonial Institute Journal Volume IX New Series 1918 Archive.org. The Tanganyika Naval Expedition.
      • "The Battle for the Lake" by Harwood Koppel, page 305 February 1919, The Wide World: the magazine for everybody, Volume 42. As told by Lieutenant-- of the Artillery. Archive.org
      • The article "A Backwater. Lake Victoria Nyanza during the campaign against German East Africa" by Lt. M A Chapman RN from The Naval Review 1921, page 287 is available online on a pay basis from The Naval Review. See Royal Navy for access details.
      • Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure : the Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika by Giles Foden 2005. USA title. Originally published in UK 2004 with title Mimi and Toutou Go Forth: The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika by Giles Foden. Mimi and Toutou were gunboats. Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
      • The above operations inspired the novel The African Queen by C S Forester first published 1935, available online , refer below, the basis for the 1951 movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.
  • Taking Tanganyika: Experiences of an Intelligence Officer 1914-1918 by Christopher J. Thornhill c 1937 is available in a reprint edition,[2] which in turn is available as an online book on the Ancestry owned pay website fold3, (located in World War2/Military books/East Africa).
  • Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of Tuesday, the 2nd of April, 1918 Archive.org . The Supplement date is 5 April 1918. East Africa.
  • With Botha and Smuts in Africa by W Wittall Late Lieutenant–Commander, RN, Armoured Car Division 1917 Archive.org. Also includes South West Africa.
  • Marching on Tanga: (with General Smuts in East Africa) by Francis Brett Young. New and revised edition 1919. First published 1917. Archive.org
    • "‘Marching on Tanga’" Chapter XI, page 109 Francis Brett Young by E G Twitchett 1935 Archive.org, Digital Library of India Collection. Comments about the book.
  • For Indian Army regimental histories, see 67th Punjabis; 2nd Battalion, Madras Pioneers, and 22nd Derajat Mountain Battery, the histories available on fold3 (Ancestry owned pay website). Include service in East Africa.
Other Indian Army regimental histories see 101st Grenadiers- service in East Africa, including Tanga;
Three Years of War In East Africa 1919. Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India. Although the author is catalogued as Captain F R Sedgwick, the title page shows the author to be Captain Angus Buchanan, 25th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, (the Legion of Frontiersmen). Also available World Digital Library a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, which has better images.
"Jambo," or, With Jannie in the Jungle; 30 East African Sketches by A W Lloyd, [Captain Arthur Wynell Lloyd M.C, 25th Bn Royal Fusiliers (Frontiersmen)] [cartoonist] c 1917-1920s Archive.org. Jannie is Jan Christian Smuts.
Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O., Capt. 25th Royal Fusiliers by J G Millais 1919 Archive.org. Includes two chapters on the East African Campaign.
"Beho Chini" [Bweho Chini] by ‘Ba-Ture’ page 324 Blackwood’s Magazine, no 203 January-June 1918. Archive.org. Nigerians in German East Africa
"A Nigerian Column" by ‘Ba-Ture’ page 779 Blackwood’s Magazine, no 203 January-June 1918. Archive.org.
The accounts appear to be extracts from the book Flying and Sport in East Africa, by Leo Walmsley 1920, (stated elsewhere to have been printed with a small print run) available at the British Library UIN: BLL01012166544 and also available to those in North America, etc on Hathi Trust Digital Library or Google Books.
Turn of the Tide by Leo Walmsley 1945. Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library. Contains a chapter on WW1 in East Africa from page 105. Published in England under the title So Many Loves.
Shells and bright stones : a biography of Leo Walmsley by Nona Stead, available at the British Library UIN: BLL01007454401 is elsewhere stated to contain information about East Africa.
"Humours of the East African Campaign" [cont] by “A. E. M. M.”, page 504, April 1919, The Wide World: the magazine for everybody, Volume 42. Poor quality digital file.
"The Breaking of the Mad Mullah" Chapter XX, page 200 Sun, Sand and Somals; leaves from the note-book of a district commissioner in British Somaliland by Major H Rayne 1921 Archive.org
Reports on the treatment by the Germans of British prisoners and natives in German East Africa … Presented to both Houses of Parliament September 1917 Archive.org
British civilian prisoners in German East Africa; a report by the Government Committee on the Treatment by the Enemy of British Prisoners of War 1918. Archive.org
  • The Great War in Africa, 1914-1918 by Byron Farwell 1986 Archive.org Lending Library.
  • The Kenya Gazette Issues from 1899. (broken range). There is a small scrolling bar, located underneath the images of the title pages, which enables you to scroll the volumes available. There appear to be no editions for 1916, however issues for the other WW1 years are available. There is a Search facility for all issues. Google Books
The Kenya Gazette is an official publication of the government of the Republic of Kenya. It contains notices of new legislation, notices required to be published by law or policy as well as other announcements that are published for general public information. It is published every week, usually on Friday, with occasional releases of special or supplementary editions within the week.

South-West Africa Campaign

The South-West Africa Campaign was the conquest and occupation of German South West Africa (Namibia) by forces from the Union of South Africa acting on behalf of the British Government at the beginning of the First World War.

Togoland and the Cameroons



  1. Gardenerbill. MT Driver Memoir Is there one? Great War Forum 19 January 2015 et al. There is mention of East Africa by Motor Lorry by W W Campbell [William Wallace] and With the Motor Transport in British East Africa by Sgt. William. E. W. Terrell . Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  2. Taking Tanganyika: Experiences of an Intelligence Officer 1914-1918 by Christopher J. Thornhill. Naval & Military Press.
  3. athelstan. In German Gaols Great War Forum 22 April 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  4. The Campaign in German South West Africa, 1914-1915 Naval & Military Press reprint.
  5. Great War in West Africa by Edmund Howard Gorges, originally published c 1916. Naval & Military Press reprint.