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#1 Will O'Brien

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Posted 02 March 2005 - 06:31 PM

As per CWGC

Name: SIZER, EDWARD CHISNALL
Initials: E C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Trooper
Regiment: East African Mounted Rifles
Age: 37
Date of Death: 02/03/1916
Service No: 527
Additional information: Son of Carrington Francis and Susannah Sizer.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: III. D. 2.
Cemetery: KAJIADO CEMETERY

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Posted 02 March 2005 - 06:32 PM

& the cemetery info

Cemetery: KAJIADO CEMETERY
Country: Kenya

Location Information: Kajiado is a town 50 kilometres due south of Nairobi, on the road to Namanga border crossing Arusha. The cemetery is 3 kilometres south of the railway station, set in open ground behind Kajiado Hospital. It is signposted from the main road.

Historical Information: This cemetery was begun in June 1915, and used (mainly by No. 3 Base Hospital) until August 1916. After the Armistice seven outlying graves were brought in and it was later used for civilian burials. Kajiado Cemetery contains 26 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.

No. of Identified Casualties: 26

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Posted 02 March 2005 - 06:37 PM

Edward Sizer's online MIC can be seen here


The entry is quite curious. Not only do they have his rank when serving with the East African Mounted Rifles as Warrant Officer First Class, they have this strange entry of Intelligence Department & the rank of Agent....................Is anyone with an understanding of Military Intelligence (no jokes please about that being a paradox) able to expand on this?

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Posted 02 March 2005 - 06:57 PM

The East Africa Mounted Rifles was formed from mainly european volunteers from British East Africa (Kenya).

The EAMR formed part of the 1st East African Division under Brig Gen J M Stewart
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This Division being heavily involved in the outflanking manoevre around Kilmanjaro which commenced around 23rd February 1916, before routing Von Lettows force from the Latema Reata Ridge on the 11th March 1916.

It may be relevant to the death of Trooper Sizer that Smuts chose to embark on offensive operations at the wettest and most desease prevalent time of the year.


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Posted 02 March 2005 - 07:06 PM

The term agent is in this case similar to a scout collecting intelligence from local communities, plus a bit of bonocular work from hilltops. The more unusual title would most probably depend to whom he had to report.

Typically both the German and British Forces employed this sort of tactic using local european or native candidates, the Germans getting the upper hand once the EAEF actually entered the German colony, they being less conspicous to the British/SA then the latter did to the colony population.

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