Acknowledgments

Gordon Bickley, researcher, South Africa.

The Ditsong National Museum of Military History, South Africa.

Lt. Z. Mshuqwana, Department of Defence Documentation Centre, South Africa.

The National Archives, United Kingdom.

National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, South Africa.

Jeff Nutt, Vintage Motor Cycle Club Library, United Kingdom.

Liz Palmer, Birmingham Archives and Heritage Service, United Kingdom.

G. W. Prinsloo, South African Documentation Centre, South Africa.

Lee Richards, researcher, United Kingdom.

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Recent additional photos and documents here.

AngloBoerWar.com http://www.angloboerwar.com

Birmingham Small Arms Company Ltd, (1918) With the flag through German East Africa: a few experiences described by motor cyclist despatch riders, special reference being made to the wonderful achievements of the B.S.A. motor bicycles in the East African campaign.  BSA: Coventry.

Brown, J.A. (1991). They fought for King and country: South Africans in German East Africa, 1916. Johannesburg: Ashanti Publishing.

Curson, H.H. Unpublished manuscript

Dolbey, Robert Valentine, (1918). Sketches of the East Africa Campaign.  Project Guttenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10362

Frost, G H. (1919).Munitions of War. A Record of the work of the BSA and Daimler Companies during the world war 1914-1918. Birmingham: B.S.A. Company, Limited & Daimler Company, Limited.

Headquarters and Troops: South African Motor Cyclist Corps (1 February 1917 - 28 February 1917) WO 95/5331. Unpublished manuscript. National Archives, UK.

Lettow-Vorbeck, General Paul von, (1920). My Reminiscences of East Africa. London: Hurst and Blackett.

Lines of Communication Troops: South African Motor Cyclist Corps (1 March 1917 - 31 August 1917) WO 95/5331. Unpublished manuscript.  National Archives, UK.

Paice, Edward (2007).  Tip and run: the untold tragedy of the Great War in Africa. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

South African Motor Cyclist Corps (1 September 1916 - 31 January 1917) WO 95/5343. Unpublished manuscript. National Archives, UK.

South African Motor Cyclist Corps War Diary (September 1917- December 1917). Unpublished manuscript. South African National Defence Force Documentation Centre, Pretoria

Thompson, Colonel E. S., ED. (1988) A Machine Gunner's Odyssey Through German East Africa: The Diary of E S Thompson, Part 225 May - 17 September 1916. Military History Journal Vol 7 No 5 - June 1988.

The Motor Cycle September 7th 1916; September 16th 1916; October 12th 1916; November 23rd 1916.

The Times May 23rd, 1916; September 26th, 1917.

 

South African Motor Cyclist Corps casualties

The following are the known officers and men of the South African Motor Cyclist Corps who died or were killed during the East African campaign.

Anderson, Robert Buchanan, Sergeant, 450. Died of influenza on the 20th December 1918 aged 37 and was buried in the Beira Christian Cemetery, Mozambique. He was the son of Andrew and Eva Marion Anderson, of Hoylake, Cheshire, England.

Armstrong, C. W. CM/795 Private. Died on the 13th December 1918 and was buried in Lumbo British Cemetery in Mozambique.

Bell, F.C.E. Private, MT/6903. He was killed on 20th November 1917 aged 21 and buried at Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania. Son of Mr. H. C. and Mrs. D. W. Bell of 74  Silverton Road, Durban, South Africa.

Clulee, L.A. Private. CM/842. Died on 26th October 1918 aged 30 and was buried at Thaba Tshwane (Old No.1) Military Cemetery, Gauteng, South Africa. He was the husband of Maria Agnus Clulee, of Farm Bellevue, Mafeking, South Africa.

Coetzee, Private, J. H., CM/658. Died on the 26th August 1918 and was buried in Lumbo British Cemetery in Mozambique.

Cook, F.G. F. Corporal CM/541. Died on 26th October 1918 and was buried at the Johannesburg (Brixton) Cemetery, Gauteng, South Africa. He was the son of Frederick J. and Mary I. Cook 14A, Goldreich Street, Hillbrow, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Fairweather, Lieutenant Colonel, J .McL., D.S.O., MiD.

Frost, Philip Ivan Lowne, CM575 Died on  21st December 1917 aged 17 and was buried at Zeerust Municipal Cemetery, South Africa. Son of Philip John Frost, P.O. Box 94, Zeerust, Transvaal, South Africa.

Goodwin, W.C. Lance Corporal CM/81. He died on 10th January 1917 and was buried in Dodoma Cemetery, Tanzania.

Grahame, F.J.S. Lance Corporal 218. Died on the 9th May1917 and was buried in Simon's Town (Dido Valley) Cemetery, Western Cape, South Africa.

Hailstone, H. Private. CM/777. Died on the 31st  October 1918 and is buried in Thaba Tshwane (Old No.1) Military Cemetery, Gauteng, South Africa.

Hartley, Lance Corporal, Walter David, 810. He died of malaria on 25th July 1919 aged 27 and was buried at Kimberley (West End) Cemetery, South Africa.  He was the son of Walter Harry and Ellen Hartley of 5 Milner Street, Kimberley, South Africa.

Hollander, B.L. CM/24.   On the 17th December 1917 Corporal (Acting Sergeant) Hollander of S.A.M.C.C. was gazetted with the Military Medal. He died on the 16th November 1917 aged 29 and was buried at the Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and was the son of P. and M. J. Hollander.

Homan, Charles Travers, Private CM/346. Died on the 21st February 1917 aged 36 and was buried in Iringa Cemetery, Tanzania. He was born at Locheen Glebe, Offaly and was the son of the Rev. Canon Homan and Mrs. Mary Ethel Homan of 6 Eglington Park, Kingstown, Ireland. He also served in German South-West Africa.

Hughes, Private, A, CM/892. Died on the 4th January 1919 and was buried in Blantyre Church Of Central Africa Presbyterian Cemetery, Malawi.

Judd, Private, Robert Charles. CM/455. He died on 22nd December 1916 and was buried in Dodoma Cemetery, Tanzania. He was the son of Mrs. Judd 445, Jules Street, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Lessing, Private, Nicolas Stephanes, 861. Died of sickness on the  27th June 1918 aged 20 and was buried in Zomba Town Cemetery. He was the son of Jacob and Hendrina Lessing 210, Claremont, Daspoort, Pretoria, South Africa.

Martin, Cyclist, F., CM/370. He was wounded on the 16th and died on the 19th February 1917. He was buried in Iringa Cemetery, Tanzania.

Miller, Harry Rudolph, Private, 384. Died on 25th July 1916 aged 24 and was buried at Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania. He was the son of Mr. J. H. K. and Mrs. E. W. Miller, of Beacon Hill, Estcourt, Natal, South Africa.

Munro, Cyclist, Graham Alexander, CM51. He was wounded during a night fight with a German patrol in 16th December and died on 18th December 1916. He was buried at Iringa Cemetery, Tanzania. He was the son of Alexander and Ethel Munro, of Slaai Kraal, Grahamstown, Cape Province, South Africa.

Murton, Private, Alfred Henry , CM/856. He died on the 8th January 1919 aged 16 and was buried at Zomba Town Cemetery. He was the son of Thomas George and Eleanor Frances Murton, 69 Long Street, Germiston West, Transvaal, South Africa.

Musson, Private, F A, Private CM/872. He died on 2nd July 1918 and was buried at Lumbo British Cemetery, Mozambique.

Norris, A. Private CM/107. He died on 5th September 1919 aged 31 and was buried at the Johannesburg (Brixton) Cemetery, Gauteng, South Africa.

Paul, Private, Cyril William, MC/587. He died on the 18th December 1916 and was buried at Iringa Cemetery, Tanzania. He was the son of William and Lily Lanyon Paul of 1 Clifton Place, Musgrave Road, Durban, South Africa. Although he is listed in the S.A.M.C.C. Roll of Honour in St Mary’s Cathedral, Johannesburg, the cemetery records show he was with the Army Cyclist Corps.

Roberts, Thomas Henry Edward. Cyclist. CM/198. He died on 26th March 1917 aged 43 and was buried in the Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania. He was born at Liverpool, England and was the son of Thomas and Grace Roberts. He was  husband of A. M. Williams (formerly Roberts), of Mafeking, Cape Province, South Africa.

Smith, Cyclist, A. H. Cyclist, CM/607. He died on 21st May 1917 aged 32 and was buried at Iringa Cemetery, Tanzania. He was the son of Edward Alfred and Jessie Caroline Smith, of 15 Cypress Grove, Graaff Reinet, Cape Province, South Africa.

Smith, S. McL. Cyclist CL/173. He died on 13th October 1917 and was buried at Durban (Ordnance Road) Military Cemetery,  Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.

Staples, A. A. Lance Corporal CM/2. Mentioned in Despatches. Died on 19th February1917 and was buried at Iringa Cemetery, Tanzania.

Thom, A. Private CM/751. He died on the 4th November 1918 aged 21 and was buried at Thaba Tshwane (Old No.1) Military Cemetery, Gauteng, South Africa. He was the son of Eliza Mather Truscott (formerly Thom), of 1 Marlborough Grove, Rhyl, Wales, and the late Andrew Thom.

Turbridge, C.B. Private CM/588. He died on 18th March 1918 and was buried at Mafeking Cemetery, South Africa.

Visser, Cyclist, Jochim Jacobus, Cyclist CM/376. He died on 17th December 1916 aged 22 and was buried at Iringa Cemetery, Tanzania. He was born at Fauresmith, Orange Free State, South Africa and was the son of Joachim Jacobus and Aleta Elizabeth Visser.

Wiseman, S. S. Cyclist, CM/237. Died on 21st April 1917 and was buried at Iringa Cemetery, Tanzania. He was born at Hobart, Tasmania and was the son of Stephen and Lucy Wiseman, of Garryowen, Clifton-on-Sea, Cape Town, South Africa.

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