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RSM Alhaji Grunshi

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#1 woundwort



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Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:48 am

There appears to be relatively little discussion of Alhaji Grunshi in the archives. From what I can tell, this then L/Cpl. in the West African Frontier Force was the first soldier under British command to fire a shot during the Great War; a week after declaration of war, at Nuatja in German Togoland whilst advancing on the wireless transmitter of Kamina. At war's end, there were attempts to bring charges against German commanders for arming African troops and using them against European forces, before it was observed that Grunshi et al. did exactly the same.

He survived the war after serving in three African campaigns, and eventually rose to the rank of RSM.

Does anyone know what became of him?

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:40 am

If you plough through all the lines that come up when you Google him then maybe you can learn more.