The Old and the Bold


War Diary

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PLACE



Kilindini

(Mombasa)









Kajiado

























































Kisumu






On Lake

Bukoba
























































































Kajiado




DATE


1915

4 May










6 May

7 May

8 May

9 May

10 May

11 May

12 May

13 May


14 May

15 May

16 May


17 May


18 May


19 May

20 May

21 May


22 May

23 May

24 May

25 May

26 May

27 May


28 May

29 May

30 May

1 June

2 June

3 June

4 June

5 June

6 June

7 June

8 June

9 June

10 June

11 June


12 June

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14 June

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26 June

27 June

28 June


29 June

30 June

SUMMARY OF EVENTS AND INFORMATION



Arrived in Kilindini.

First train load disembarked.  Left by train at 4 o’clock.  Arrived Kajiado Thursday 6/5/15 early morning 4 o’clock.  2 Companies and proceeded to camp about 7 o’clock about ½ mile from station.

Second train load disembarked.  Left by train at 5 o’clock.  Arrived Kajiado Thursday 6/5/15 early morning 6 o’clock.  1 Company and proceeded to camp about 7 o’clock about ½ mile from station.

Third train load disembarked.  Left by train at 9 o’clock.  Arrived Kajiado Thursday 6/5/15 early morning 8 o’clock.  1 Company and proceeded to camp about 10 o’clock about ½ mile from station.

Quarter Master, Regl. Sgt. Major and 32 men disembarked.  Stayed at Kilindini the night of the 4th Tuesday.  Left 9 o’clock on Wednesday 5/5/15, arrived Kajiado Friday 7/5/15, about 10 o’clock & proceeded to camp immediately.

Allotted tents to Battalion and arranged Rations and usual duties.

Usual Parades and Camp Duties.

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G.O.C. Inspection by General Stewart at 7.30 a.m., In Column.

Usual Parades and Camp Duties.  40 Rank and File with 2 Officers (Machine Gun Section) proceeded to Nairobi by 10 o’clock train.

G.O.C. Inspection by General Stewart at 7.30 a.m., In Quarter Column.

Usual Parades and Camp Duties.  Court Martial of L/Sergt. Atkinson: 13197. at 11 o’clock.

Usual Parades and Camp Duties.  474 Rank and File with 10 Officers proceeded to Nairobi by 11 o’clock train for Musketry Course.  20 Rank and File for Bomb Battery and 2 ditto for Rifle Grenade.

Usual Parades and Camp Duties.  Court Martial of Sergt. Atkinson promulgated Sentence Reduced to Ranks.

Usual Parades and Camp Duties.  20 Rank and File (Infantry) 16 Mounted Infantry and 2 Officers proceeded by 9 o’clock train to Mile 56, Magadi.

Usual Parades and Camp Duties.

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G.O.C. Inspection by Major General M. J. Tighe, at 7 o’clock, a.m.  1 Officer and 16 Rank and File proceeded to Nairobi for Signalling Course.

Usual Parades and Camp Duties.

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    "          "          "       "          " .  25 Rank and File and 1 Officer proceeded to Magadi Lake.  5 N.C.O’s to

Kui for B. Ammunition Column by 9 o’clock train.

Inspection by H. E. the Governor in Column at 7.30 a.m.

Usual Parades and Camp Duties.

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    "          "          "       "          "  .  170 Rank and File and 3 Officers returned to Kajiado from Nairobi.

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    "          "          "       "          "  .  25 Rank and File and 1 Officer proceeded to Mile 56.

    "          "          "       "          "  .  46 Rank and File and 1 Officer returned from Mile 56.

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Inspection by Brigadier General Stewart C.B. A.D.C. 6.30 a.m.

Usual Parades and Camp Duties.  36 Rank and File proceeded to Simba.  50 Rank and File and 1 Officer

returned to Kajiado from Mile 56 and Magadi Lake.

Sergt. T. Ryan. 13601, proceeded to Kui to join B Ammunition Column.

Usual Parades and Company Duties.

    "          "          "           "             " . Major Carnegie joined Battalion and took over command of ‘B’ Coy

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18 Officers, 449 men left Camp for Active Service to proceed by train at 7 a.m. to join a force for operations in Lake District.

Left Nairobi.

Left Kajabe (Tea).

Left Nakuru (Dinner).

Left Lumbwa (Breakfast).

Arrived Kisumu, Ammunition, Kit, and Stores embarked.  ‘A’ Coy. (s.s. Usoga) embarked ‘B’ ‘C’ & ‘D’ Coys slept on shore.

‘B’, ‘C’ & ‘D’ Coys embarked.

Left Kisumu in company with the following ships "Winifred", "Nyanza", "Rusenza", "Kavironda" and "Percy Anderson".  Calm.  Usoga very crowded.  Lieut. Banning and 11 men and 4 natives joined for Signalling.

On Lake Victoria Nyanza.

Arrived off Bukoba.  Fleet seen by German Post on Island and alarm given by Rockets.  Fleet stood off till dawn.

Disembarkation started in following order – ‘A’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘B’. and E. A. M. R. Maxims.  Flares lighted and slight opposition on landing.

Had possession of Ridge overlooking landing place.

Started advance on N. E. Hill across intervening valley.  ‘A’ & ‘C’ in front.  ‘D’ right flank.  ‘B’ Reserve under cover of 4 E. A. R. Maxims.  Considerable opposition from front flank and left flank.

Two Mountain Guns came into action to cover advance, and Loyal North Lancs. advanced in support of our right flank (‘D’) which had drawn rather to its left.

K. A. R. came into action on our left and ‘B’ Coy started down rocks on our left flank in support of ‘A’ & ‘C’ Coys.

Attack reached bottom of rocks in front of N. E. Hill.

General Advance and N. E. Kopje captured by ‘A’, ‘B’ & ‘C’ Companies, covered by Guns and Maxims.

‘B’ Coy advance on N. E. Hill under cover of ‘A’ & ‘C’ Coys. on Kopje.

N. E. Hill captured by ‘B’ Coy, supported by half ‘C’ Coy.  Camped on N. E. Kopje, ‘A’, ‘B’ & ‘C’ with E. A. R. Maxims on Kopje.  ‘D’ Coy, in Banana Plantation, with 1 Company 29th Punjabis and Field Ambulance, between N. E. Kopje and N. E. Hill.  Remainder of force N. E. Hill.

CASUALTIES

Killed.

13148. Sgt. T. Brain.

12936. Pte. P. Ashworth.

12946. Pte. G. Griffith.

Wounded.

13484. L/Sgt. S. Beattie.

15115. Pte. C. Jackson.

13051. Pte. H. Bird.

12855. Cpl. E. G. Braddon.

12921. Pte. E. Seymour.

12919. Pte. T. Hobbs.

15058. Pte. S. Hanley.

13016. L/Cpl. A. W. Rumsey.

12994. Pte. A. W. Wandless.

Lt. Selous and 20 men advanced towards Bukoba to discover if held.  Fired on after proceeding about 1500 yards.

‘A’ & ‘C’ advanced in support of Lt. Selous.

‘B’ & ‘D’ with E. A. R. Maxim advanced.

Reached Donga in front of Bukoba.  Held up by Maxims and Snipers.

‘C’ Coy worked round to left but were recalled.

General Advance, ‘D’ Coy leading on to Wireless.  No opposition.  Flag pulled down, 1 p.m.  ‘A’ & ‘C’ Coys. passed through town to ridge and found abandoned German 3” Gun.  Also 8 Cases Shells, 1 Friction Tube, 3 Big tins Powder, 140 old rifles, and a quantity black powder and Martini Cartridges.

Embarkation commenced.  ‘B’ Coy on outpost, ‘D’ in reserve finding one post.

‘C’ Coy embarked.

‘A’ Coy embarked.

‘D’ Coy embarked.

‘B’ Coy embarked.

K. A. R. Searched Islands.

Fleet sailed for Kisumu.

CASUALTIES. 23rd                                                    E. A. R. Maxim Gun Casualties. 23rd June

Killed.                                                                            Killed.

13387. C.S.M. Bottomley. J. W.                                 31. Pte. B. P. Jumor.

13033. Pte. Dimmock. W. H.                                       Wounded.

14900. Pte. Mucklow. F.                                                    Lieut. F. A. Batchelor.

Wounded.                                                                    26. Sgt. D. Silver.

           Major Webb.             Slight                              6. Pte. A. Black.

13212. Pte. W. Pate.              Slight                            99. Pte. D. Hughes.

12689. Cpl. R. Howard.             "                                One Native Porter missing.

13041. L/Cpl. A. W. Piggin.     "

13204. C.S.M. Farrell. W.         "

Died of Wounds received 22/23 June.-

13016. L/Cpl. Rumsey. A. W.

12994. Pte. Wandless. A. J.


Ammunition Captured 22/23 June. by 25th RF.

Captured and Destroyed.-

       19 Machine Gun Ammunition Boxes.

         2        "           "   Belt Fillers.

         1        "           "   Carriage.

    285 Rifles, various patterns, mostly old.

        6 Mausers.

20000 Rounds Soft Nose Mauser.

  2000 Rounds Pointed Mauser.

        1 3 inch Krupp Gun.

        8 Cases Shells.

        6      "     Shrapnel Bullets.

        1 Case Friction Tubes.

        3 Cases Powder.

        3 Loads Powder in small barrels.

        1 Large Case Martini Ammunition.

      80 Large Tins Paraffin.

        6 Large Tins Lubricating Oil.

  3000 Rounds Ammunition, various calibres.

      20 Bales Khaki Shirts.

      20 Bales Blue Jerseys.

On Lake.

Entrained by 6 p.m.

In train.

Arrived at Kajiado about 12.25 a.m.  Special Inspection of all arms and equipment of men returned from Bukoba.

No Parades.  Usual Camp Duties.

Usual Parades and Camp Duties.  Court of Enquiry re Arms, Equipment &c. lost at Bukoba.

HOUR



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11.30

6.45 a.m.

10.25 p.m.


12 noon

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12.15 a.m.


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6.45 a.m.

7.15 a.m.

10 a.m.

10.30 a.m.

12.30 p.m.


6 p.m.

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2 a.m.

5 a.m.

6 a.m.

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