Border Regiment Officer in King's African Rifles, 1918

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Re:BORDER REGIMENT OFFICERS AND SERGEANTS IN THE KING'S AFRI

Postby westmorland » Sat Sep 06, 2008 5:16 pm

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King's African Rifles transport moving in Portuguese East Africa.
No vehicles - they couldn't get through swamps or through thick bush - just porters.

Lt F.R.H. Morgan probably had the toughest time of all, and he served out there for the longest time.His Bn, the 3rd Bn of 4 KAR had fought in the fiercest battle of the campaign at Mahiwa, German East Africa in October 1917.
After two days of intense fighting in very thick bush, with some positions changing hands four times in a day, both sides were exhausted.The Germans withdrew towards Portuguese East Africa.The trees at Mahiwa dripped blood for three days from the body parts flung into them by artillery shells.
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Re:BORDER REGIMENT OFFICERS AND SERGEANTS IN THE KING'S AFRICAN RIFLES IN 1918

Postby petersloan » Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:45 pm

A great thread - thanks Westmorland. I'll check out your article. My wife, Linda, is teaching here, working with children aged 10. She's changed the curriculum and covers WW1 in June & July - would you mind if the kids e-mailed some questions to you when the time comes around? She'll give you more info. nearer the time - it would add a different dimension to the project.Let me know what you think
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Re:BORDER REGIMENT OFFICERS AND SERGEANTS IN THE KING'S AFRICAN RIFLES IN 1918

Postby westmorland » Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:36 pm

PeterROGER that.I've been away in Africa visiting battlefields for a couple of months.I will help the students in any way I can. Please obtain my email address from the Administrator.Harry
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Re: Border Regiment Officer in King's African Rifles, 1918

Postby wigan27 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:48 pm

New to the site and have to thank you for the post.
Sgt. Aspinall was my grandfather and the KAR part of his history
has been a mystery until now. It never occurred to me to check colonial
office records, so many thanks.
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Re: Border Regiment Officer in King's African Rifles, 1918

Postby plbramham » Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:54 pm

Hi,
Glad to find someone with a knowledge of this little researched part of the regiment’s history!
Do you have any additional information about this officer’s African service: ( or especially a photo! )
GEORGE DARWELL Details: Born 4 Sept 1884, attended Sedbergh School, 3rd Border 1902, 2nd Border 1904, attached Northern Nigerian Regt 1908, married 1914, Major in Great War,- Gallipoli 1915 ( where his brother Claude, also Border, was killed) France 1917-18, Italy 1918, wounded 1915 & 1918, despatches 1916 & 1919, MC 1916, Brevet Major 1919, Aden 1924 ( was 1st Btn after India service)
Extract from 6th Bn diary at Gallipoli, Sunday 8th August : “Among the Regular officers of the Battalion only three survived – the CO, Col Broadrick, the Quartermaster, Lieut White and the Adjutant, George Darwell. Claude Darwell, who was in charge of the leading platoon of 'D' Coy, was amongst the 12 officers killed. Later George would write that he never saw his brother again. The remnant of the Battalion dug itself in and remained there till 5 pm when they withdrew as best they could taking their wounded with them and losing another five killed in doing so”.
See my posts:
viewtopic.php?f=145&t=1678&p=4030&hilit=darwell#p4030
viewtopic.php?f=119&t=1684&p=4039&hilit=darwell#p4039

I’m also looking for any info and a photo of Border Regiment officer
Maurice William Mountain who started his career c.1935 and who ended up in African service ( as a Colonel) with the KORBR in Africa.
Here’s a previous post a made regarding him and his brother (?) who was killed in Palestine during the Arab revolt in December 1937, but the newspapers wrongly “killed off the wrong Lt Mountain!
Hi,
Glad to find someone with a knowledge of thi little researched part of the regiment’s history!

Any help – especially photos greatly appreciated, as it appears to be your specialist area,
Thanks Paul
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Re: Border Regiment Officer in King's African Rifles, 1918

Postby hussar1000 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:21 am

A most interesting subject.

I have recently held the WW1 medals of Capt/Maj Joseph Windsor Chamley, Border Regt, who served in the Nigerian Regiment. He also served in the Boer War.

There was also a Captain Leslie-Smith, Border Regt, who served in the Gold Coast Regiment.

Both served in the West Africa Frontier Force in WW1.
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Re: Border Regiment Officer in King's African Rifles, 1918

Postby plbramham » Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:54 pm

My parent's neighbours are descendants of "Chamley". They were a military family from the Warcop area ( near Appleby, in Westmorland)
Do you have any info about him which you might have researched while you had the medals that I could pass on to them?
See previous posts:
viewtopic.php?f=99&t=2206&p=5308&hilit=chamley#p5308
viewtopic.php?f=31&t=1700&p=4083&hilit=chamley#p4083


Regards Paul
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Re: Border Regiment Officer in King's African Rifles, 1918

Postby hussar1000 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:13 pm

The WW1 trio were bought from a dealer just the other day, I was very tempted but passed ad it didn't have the QSA that he is entitled to. I did find him mentioned a couple of times in "The Great War In West Africa" which is available as a modern reprint from Amazon or Naval and Military Press.

He claimed his medals in 1922 giving an address in Cornwall. He is shown as being born East Ward, Westmoreland, which covers a lot of villages! That's as far as I went before deciding not to buy them for myself.
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