May I direct any Member interested in the Great War East Africa campaign to this link:
then please read the first article At the River's Brink
You may then want to relate it to a description of the crossing here:
The units involved are easily recognisable, and there is interesting mention of the only white unit involved and of engineering difficulties and the transport situation.
Batouri was in fact Lieutenant Colonel R.M. McClintock DSO, Royal Engineers, and doubtless he was the Sapper in the article.
(Reference footnote 4 on page 499 of Lt Col E.W. Sandes' The Military Engineer in India
Robert Lyle McClintock was awarded his DSO in the London Gazette of 19 April 1901 for service in the South African War.
He received a CMG for services in East Africa in the London Gazette of 7 February 1919, page 1941.