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Remembered Today:

Cpl Thomas Swinton CHRISTOPHER


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CWGC Details


Initials: T S

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Corporal

Regiment: Volunteer Machine Gun Corps

Date of Death: 11/03/1916

Service No: 50

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: X. A. 2.


Cemetery Details

Location Information: Taveta is a small town on the Tanzanian border, 124 kilometres west of Voi on the road to Moshi. The Military Cemetery is on the western side of the town, within sight of the border post and next to the DC's office. The cemetery is almost square, set back slightly from the road and surrounded by a 4 foot paling fence. The cemetery is laid to gravel over concrete with scattered drought tolerant shrubs.

Historical Information: The cemetery was used in March and April, 1916, after the capture of Latema Nek; but after the Armistice 137 graves were brought in. Taveta was occupied by German forces on the 15th August, 1914, retaken by the 130th Baluchis in March, 1916, and occupied by an Indian Field Ambulance. The more important burial grounds now represented at Taveta were those at Salaita Hill, Serengeti and Mbuyuni and Taveta German Hospital Cemetery; Mbuyuni was a hospital centre, but the other three burial grounds are connected with the German victory at Salaita Hill on the 12th February, 1916, and the British capture of that position on the following 9th March. There are 188 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war including 9 unidentified.

SDGW Details

Thomas Swinton Christopher

Royal Horse & Royal Field Artillery

Enlisted - Bombay

Resident - Cupar, Fife.

Killed in Action.

Remembered today.


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It is likely given the place of enlistment that Thomas was part of what became the 2nd Division in East Africa (Second east African Division). Also part of this Division was the 2nd Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment until their departure fromt his theatre . The Divisional commander at this time was Brig Gen. W. Malleson.

WO 95/5343 East African (Volunteer) Maxim Gun Company

1914 Sept. - 1916 June


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