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Volunteer R. Roberts Nyasaland Field Force


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Hello I am trying to find some additional information on the above man especially his Christian name. He initially served a volunteer in the above unit before securing a commission I believe on 21 Aug 1915 as a temp Lt in the Kings African Rifles and this is confirmed on his MIC along with his date of entry into theatre as (4a) on 23.9.1914.. The medal rolls for his 1914-15 star and BWM & Victory medals show him as Volunteer and Lt in the NFF so I am pretty sure it is him. He then relinquishes his commission on 14th March 1917.

 

I have tried to secure a copy of "Cinderella's soldiers : a history of the Nyasaland Volunteer Reserve" to no avail so I wonder if any forum member may have a copy and if so I would be grateful if he is listed and what details there are on him.

 

Many thanks.

 

Iain

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I was hoping to see his entry in the Officer Files WO339 or WO374 at Kew. There are other Officers listed with African Rifles etc but none for R Roberts. If he joined and left within the war years there would normally be a file in one or other of the series I mention. There is a W W Roberts of King's African Rifles in WO339/42689.

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Sotonmate thanks for the reply. I will keep looking and will hopefully secure a copy of the book. I believe it is a much overlooked part of the war and one I am keen to understand better.

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