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Loyal North Lancashires in East Africa


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Picquet Hill, Maktau at dusk

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Maktau Indian Cemetery

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An Armoured Personnel Carrier near Maktau

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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).

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The military railway snakes westwards from Voi

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The military railway at the foot of the Teita Hills

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Company Clerk.

A Secretary Bird in the Upper Tsavo.

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Boabab trees made excellent Observation Posts

Tsavo

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A Desert Rose

Tsavo

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Bather at Ziwani

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Good DPM camouflage

Tsavo

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Chala Crater Lake.

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

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The military railway just East of Taveta

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