London Gazettes – what they say of the war in Africa, 1914-1915

Being curious as I am, I decided to see what the London Gazettes could tell me about the war in Africa. The following is a summary:

A search on “East Africa” between 4 August 1914 and 30 June 1919 gives 603 results, the first 4 August 1914 and the last 27 June 1919. I went to June 1919 because that seems to be the latest awards relating to the war were made. There might still be a few later mentions and then again no doubt for the peace talks.

While the start of the Gazette for 4 August 1914 explained what was happening about the outbreak of war, on page 11 following action by 3KAR around Lake Rudolf in April 1913, Lieutenant William Lloyd Jones was awarded the DSO. This was followed by Jones’ report on the action. There was also a summary of cotton sales for Egypt, East and West Africa.

14 August 1914 – company liquidation

11 September 1914 – cotton statistics

22 September 1914 – cotton statistics, BSAP promotion, Sudan and West African deceased effects, notice of an intended dividend

13 October 1914 – SA Prize court, army appointments, telegraph info, cotton statistics, company legal notices

16 October 1914 – prohibition of sugar exports from BEAP and West Africa

20 October 1914 – prohibition of sugar exports, West African deceased effects, cotton statistics

27 October 1914 – vessels detained/captured – Praesident in the Lindi River, GEA; company notices, cotton statistics

10 November 1914 – company notices, cotton statistics

13 November 1914 – sugar export prohibition, company notices

1 December 1914 – change in status of British possessions Companies Act, prize courts, cotton statistics

11 December 1914 – Ainsworth appointment to BEAP legislature, closing of ports, bullion and specie export accounts

22 December 1914 – military appointments, cotton statistics

8 January 1915 – company notices

12 January 1915 – land allocation in Swaziland, cotton statistics and company notices

5 February 1915 – Arms exports, company notices

16 February 1915 – EAP loan, cotton statistics

18 February 1915 supplement EL Musson MC citation (Uganda; 4 KAR)

23 February 1915 & supplement – EAP loan, cotton statistics, company notices

9 March 1915, company notices, cotton statistics, estate notice for Capt John O’Hara Moore (Royal Engineers) previously of Roberts Heights on 28 December 1914

12 March 1915 – Prize Court Heinz; HJM Buist (RAMC) appointment in SA

16 March 1915 – company notices, cotton statistics, Estate and Dividend payment notices

23 March 1915 – promotion (UDF/Worcester Rgt), company notices, Estate of George Smith Booth Grey (HM Prisons Nigeria) drowned Duala 21 October 1914

2 April 1915 – company notices, Estate notice

10 April 1915 – Victoria Cross award Henry Peel Ritchie (RN)

23 April 1915 – company notice

27 April 1915 – Uganda Railway/EAP Executive Council, cotton statistics, company notice

30 April 1915 – Estate notices, bullion info

4 May 1915 – Naturalisation Reyersbach, cotton statistics, company notices

14 May 1915 – company notices

18 May 1915 – USA Consul at Mombasa; military appointments

28 May 1915 – military promotions/appointments, company notices, change of name Albrecht to Albright

3 June 1915 supplement – Awards KCMG, CMG, DCMs for Tanga and Longido actions (November 1914)

8 June 1915 – legislation, Cotton statistics, promotion WAFF, cotton statistics, company notices

29 June 1915 – MC for Karonga action, cotton statistics, dividend notices

6 August 1915 – Bullion info, estate notices

11 August 1915 – military appointment (Cheetham, SA Force)

13 August 1915 – legislation, Edward Medal award 1913 action, bullion and specie notice

27 August 1915 – military appointment, legislation, company notices, dividend payments

6 September 1915 – DCM awards for East and West Africa actions

17 September 1915 – military appointment, bullion notice, company notices

20 September 1915 supplement – military appointment

1 October 1915 – promotions, unclaimed navy pay; EAP Loan

8, 9 & 12 October 1915 – appointments, company notices, cotton statistics, bullion notice

15 October 1915 – legislation, appointments, change of name – Haupt/Hope

19 October 1915 – appointments, EAP loan, cotton statistics

22 October 1915 – company notices

25, 26 October 1915 – appointments, obituary for CG Salmon (France/Nairobi)

2 November 1915 – appointments

9, 10, 12 November 1915 – company notices – EAP loan, Trading with the enemy in PEA, West Africa company notice, death notice not war related

16 November 1915 – Memorandum: Officers of the Union of South Africa Permanent Defence Force serving in the Oversea Contingent will rank with Officers of the Regular Army according to the dates of their commissions in that Force. appointment, EAP loan

23 November 1915 – EA & WA appointments; EAP loan

29 November 1915 – DCM EA action;

30 November 1915 – deceased soldier effects, EAP loan, obituary (not war related)

7 December 1915 – WAFF appointments, ex-SA appointment; EAP loan, obituary (not war related)

16 December 1915 – 3 rank changes EAP, WA

20 December 1915 – East Africa temporary rank appointments (numerous; including Northey promotion to Colonel)

21 December 1915 – EAP loan

23 December 1915 – appointments
23 December 1915 – Supplement – Awards (Dartnell)

28 December 1915 – appointments, EAP loan