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Hill slope above Bridge 27
Instead of leaving the train before the bridge, which was dominated by a slope above it, Captain Stokes de-trained his party in the vicinity of the bridge.
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Posted 17 April 2011 - 12:58 PM
Having read this post with interest, as I have a post card showing Pte Butcher who was KiA in this action (previously attached to the post), I have noticed that 2nd Lieutenant Almond's medals (1414 -15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal and Long Service and Good Conduct Medal) are included in the Dix Noonan Webb, Medal auction of 11th May, 2011 lot 591.
Railway lines at Bridge 27 dated 1913
During operations to the south of the bridge 2/Lt Owen Almond (ex-RSM and commissioned after displaying excellent conduct at Tanga) ambushed a German party killing 3 Europeans and around 30 enemy Askari and porters.
Owen Almond then led a charge into the killing ground where he was killed himself in a bayonet fight
Posted 05 May 2011 - 11:41 AM
ARMED AFRICAN SCOUTS OF The 2nd LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRES
2LNL War Diary entries
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 09:08 AM
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Kilwa Kivinje beach
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Kilwa Kivinje German Boma facing the beach.
Refurbishment activity is taking place.
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Old cannon in front of the German Boma - will it survive the refurbishment?
Posted 04 November 2011 - 09:39 AM
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Apart from plastic refuse, Kilwa Kivinje is much as it was when the troops saw it in 1916
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a char & wad shop
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A dhow under construction
Posted 04 November 2011 - 09:48 AM
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Kilwa Kivinje is full of crumbling old colonial buidings
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the Germans withdrew without contesting the British landings
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and the British rear-echelon elements would then have occupied the buildings
Posted 09 November 2011 - 10:19 AM
However Kilwa Kivinje (Kilwa of the Casuarina trees) was a poor port as the ships had to anchor three kilometres offshore.
The deep-water anchorage off Kilwa Kisiwani (Kilwa on the Island) was preferred.
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looking from Kilwa Kisiwani island to the end of the Kilwa peninsula
The tip of the peninsula was covered in mangrove swamps and thick bush.
A double-company of the 61st King George's Own Pioneers hacked a track through the mangrove and bush and construction of a pier began.
Posted 09 November 2011 - 10:32 AM
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The present port on the end of Kilwa peninsula (the location is now named Kilwa Masoko) originally developed by the 61st King George's Own Pioneers.
Kilwa Kisiwani island is on the left horizon.
Posted 09 November 2011 - 10:41 AM
The British major units landed at Kilwa during September 1916 were:
Zanzibar African Rifles & Mafia Rifles 8th September 1916
2nd West India Regiment 7th & 8th Sep
2nd Loyal North Lancashires 12th Sep
2nd/2nd King's African Rifles 29th Sep
40th Pathans (less half-battalion at Lindi) 30th Sep
129th Baluchis (less coastal detachments further south) 30th Sep
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The ancient Islamic ruins on Kilwa Kisiwani are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:08 AM
The British build-up at Kilwa continued during October 1916 with these major units and HQs:
HQ 3rd Infantry Brigade 6th October 1916
1st/2nd King's African Rifles 6th Oct
Detachments 129th Baluchis (from southern coast) 7th Oct
14th (Howitzer) Battery 9th Oct
8th Field Battery 17th Oct
Naval Gun Detachment (12-pounder) 21st Oct
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Kilwa Kisiwani beach opposite the peninsula
This was the probable landing place of the West Indians
Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:19 AM
During November 1916 these units and HQs disembarked at Kilwa. Camp sites were created in the bush along the peninsula.
HQ 1st Division 13th November 1916
Gold Coast Regiment 19th Nov
Half-battalion 40th Pathans (from Lindi) 19th Nov
HQ 1st Division Royal Artillery 20th Nov
27th (Bengal) Mountain Battery, Indian Army (less No 3 Section) 22nd Nov
5th South African Field Battery 23rd Nov
2nd/3rd King's African Rifles 28th Nov
HQ 2nd Infantry Brigade 29th Nov
1st/3rd King's African Rifles 29th Nov
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The tower in Kilwa Kisiwani Fort. Doubtless an observation post for both sides.
Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:32 AM
And in December 1916 these units arrived:
22nd Derajat Pack Battery (Mountain Artillery), Indian Army 17th December 1916
No 3 Section 27th (Bengal) Mountain Battery, Indian Army 20th Dec
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A knackered-looking Loyal North Lancashire sentry on Kilwa Kisiwani jetty, debilitated by climate and maturity
Posted 11 November 2011 - 05:04 PM
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Taking a dip
26 Squadron RFC operated Voisins for a time from an airstrip at Kilwa Kisiwani.
I guess that this is the airstrip still in use at Kilwa Masoko, just north of the town at the end of the Kilwa Peninsula.
Posted 14 November 2011 - 03:41 PM