Jump to content
Great War Forum

Remembered Today:

Sign in to follow this  
bushfighter1

Loyal North Lancashires in East Africa

Recommended Posts

bushfighter1

post-16018-1175595965.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

Picquet Hill, Maktau at dusk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175596137.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

Maktau Indian Cemetery

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175596292.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

An Armoured Personnel Carrier near Maktau

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175596511.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

This is why telegraph poles had to be 24 feet long.

Bura Hills to right & Maktau Hill behind.

We are in the region of the fight where Lt WT Dartnell, 25 Royal Fusiliers, gained a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Lt Dartnell was serving in the Mounted Infantry Company which was composed of men from the Loyal North Lancashires & the Royal Fusiliers.

Capt JS Woodruffe, Royal Sussex Regiment attached to 2nd Loyal North Lancashires, commanded the Company & this patrol. He was severely wounded during the fighting & removed from the battlefield by Private Bristow, Loyal North Lancashires.

Lt Dartnell, also wounded, declined evacuation.

Three Royal Fusiliers, including Lt Dartnell, were killed in action as were five Loyal North Lancashires.

One Royal Fusilier & seven Loyal North Lancashires were wounded.

One Royal Fusilier & two Loyal North Lancashires were missing.

Private Bristow was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal.

The British wounded were finished off by bayonet when the Germans took the position (this was common practice unless strong supervision was applied on the ground).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
KONDOA

The main water springs were in the Bura Hills there . Until the construction of the railway and water pipe the water had to be ferried from there to Mbyuni.

Roop

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ShirlD

I am so enjoying this battlefield trip to the country of my childhood. I used to look up at that Nairobi African Memorial and wonder who those people were as we drove by. Great to see that it is still in place.

Safe travel,

Cheers

Shirley

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175613434.jpg

Voi Cemetery contains many Loyal North Lancashire & Royal Fusilier graves.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175613566.jpg

The grave of Lt W.T. Dartnell, VC, 25th Royal Fusiliers, in Voi Cemetery.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175613754.jpg

The grave of a civilian killed by lion near Taveta, in Voi Cemetery.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175614739.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

In the Nyiri Desert looking towards the North Western flanks of Kilima Njaro

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175614887.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

Buffalo amble towards what remains of Lake Amboseli, which used to be fed by Bissel River south of Kajiado.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175615086.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

Looking towards Epiron on the South Eastern flank of Kilima Njaro.

The Germans drove the Kashmir Rifles out of Epiron Post in early 1915.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175615921.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

The military railway snakes westwards from Voi

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175616027.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

The military railway at the foot of the Teita Hills

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175616265.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

Approaching Bura Hills where the British water supply (once captured by a German patrol masquerading as British troops) piped water westwards, initially to Maktau Camp.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175618384.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

The Upper Tsavo near Ziwani.

Thirsty infanteers soon recognised river beds by the taller trees that grew along them.

However river beds attracted game.

And also predators that ate game & thirsty soldiers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175618612.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

In 1916 Ziwani Swamps presented an obstacle to the South African mounted troops.

Today the land is cultivated & a comfortable tented camp looks out onto a lake inhabited by hippo.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175618872.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

A crossing point on the Upper Tsavo near Ziwani.

In 1914 before British reinforcements from India arrived, German troops made big sorties down the Tsavo River.

The King's African Rifles fought some savage encounters in the thick bush to stop the German push.

This was rough work, with little hope of successful casevac for the seriously wounded because of the total lack of roads.

Colour Sergeant George Williams, a Sudanese soldier in 3 King's African Rifles won a DCM for close reconnaissance work during a battle in the Upper Tsavo in September 1914.

The following January at Jasin he performed gallantly again, extracting his platoon when his officers were down. He also carried away the platoon Machine Gun as the crew & carriers had been killed or wounded.

He was now recommended for a VC, but that was not approved & he was eventually awarded a bar to his DCM before he was killed in action in 1918.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175620240.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

Company Clerk.

A Secretary Bird in the Upper Tsavo.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175621216.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

Boabab trees made excellent Observation Posts

Tsavo

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175621323.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

A Desert Rose

Tsavo

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175621421.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

Bather at Ziwani

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175621524.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

Good DPM camouflage

Tsavo

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175621805.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

Chala Crater Lake.

van Deventer's South African Horse captured the rim on 8 March 1916, the German troops falling back on Taveta.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bushfighter1

post-16018-1175622457.jpg

www.africahousesafaris.com

The military railway just East of Taveta

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...