How Was Kenya Involved in World War 1? + All the Remembrance Events Set for November

Article by Brian Kasaine
Posted: November 08, 2018  

Courtesy: Guerrillas of Tsavo

No one wins during and after a war. This week we are marking 100 years since World War 1 ended, and from hindsight, no one won. All participants lost people, and too bad the world didn’t get the memo because sadly, World War 2 still came.

In Kenya, there are a number of memorial graves in where some of the dead accounted for during the war, in which Kenyans were involved, got buried. It is believed that at least 2 million Africans across East Africa were involved in this war which started in 1914 and ended in 1918.

They were involved as either soldiers fighting a war they were pushed into as the King’s African Rifles, or as porters carrying ammunition, food and other supplies for the fighters.

Kenya went down in history having fought on the British side, a reason our country will this November fully participate in the worldwide events to commemorate 100 years since ending of World War 1.

The events will kick off with the Armistice Event and Remembrance Sunday, November 11th. The events will spread across Kenya up until November 24th.

Stepping up in the commemoration will also be Lest We Forget, a stage play directed by Davida Leonard, which will screen in November the 12th, at Alliance Francaise.

10th November 2018

Muthaiga Club War Memorial

11th November 2018

CWGC Nairobi South Cemetery at 08:00am
CWGC Ngong Road Cemetery at 11:00am
CWGC Nanyuki Cemetery at 11:00am
CWGC Gilgil Cemetery at 11:00am
CWGC Mbaraki Cemetery – Mombasa at 11:00am

One is requested to be in position 30min prior to the service starting and not move around during the service.

23rd November 2018

In the afternoon there will be a briefing on the history of the East African Campaign followed by a Service of Remembrance at Voi CWGC Cemetery. In the evening the official opening of the refurbished WW1 display at Taita Hills Lodge will take place.

24th November 2018

A series of events including Services of Remembrance at CWGC Maktau Indian Memorial, Taveta Military Cemetery, followed by a Military Parade in Taveta.

For further information about the Taita events please contact the team at the Tsavo Heritage Foundation:
Tel: 0727 668890 / 0736 668890 / 0777 668890



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