The Old and the Bold

The Old and the Bold

War Diary
















28 August

29 August

30 August

31 August

1 September

2 September

3 September

4 September

5 September

6 September

7 September

8 September


23 September

24 September

25 September

26 September

27 September


Capt. White, Capt. Wellstead, Lieuts Richards & Moss with 116 N.C.O’s and Men and 2 Askaris left VOI for MSAMBWENI to re-inforce Garrison.  3 Officers and 70 4th K.A.R’s left on same train.

Arrived Kilindini, embarked on S/S “Wissmann”.

Left Mombasa.

Arrived off GAZI and disembarked at once in 2 dhows and 1 lifeboat.

Arrived MSAMBWENI with advance party.

Another party arrived about 7.30 p.m.  Total to arrive that night 4 officers & 70 men.

Remainder arrived at MSAMBWENI in early morning, Rifle inspection 4 p.m. Bathing Parade 4.30 p.m.

Stood to arms 4.30 a.m. – 6 a.m.  Parade 6 a.m. – 7 a.m.  Rifle inspection 9.30 a.m.  Bathing Parade 3.30 p.m.  Two men went out with each of the 5 daily patrols.

Stood to arms 4.30 a.m. – 6 a.m.  Bayonet fighting 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Capt. White 25th R.F. left Camp 11 p.m. with Lieuts. Richards & Moss and 76 R.F.  Lieut. Browne and 35 4th K.A.R’s.  Lieut. Du Bois and 45 Kapathala Imperial Service Troops, Lieut. Gates R.A.M.C. and Intelligence Agent Howarth, 10 Stretchers, 1 -.303 maxim and Porters with 3 days rations and blankets.

Reached scene of action on 26th at 10 a.m. and passed dead bodies of 15 Kapathalas.  Left 1 Native Officers and 20 Kapathalas to bury and burn bodies.

Halted 11 a.m.  Guides and scouts who should have met us failed to turn up.

Left halting place for JAGO with force, less porters and 20 men escort under Cpl. Davidson, these left at same time to go to MARJARENI. Had to go by rather longer road as guides we had were not sure of direct road.

Arrived about 1 mile from JAGO, halted while position was scouted.  Position found to be evacuated.

Started on return march.

Reached MARJARENI and rejoined our porters and their escort.


Reached KIDEMU and re-inforcement of 100 men (Capt. Wellstead and 20 R.F.  Capt. Carew and 20 K.A.R.  Lieut. Millward & 60 Kapathalas).

Left camp after a very wet night.

Arrived at MSAMBWENI.  Total distance covered 75 miles.  One man failed to complete the march having twisted his knee.

Voluntary Bathing Parade.  About 60 men turned up.

Rifle and foot inspection.  Feet found to be in very good order thanks to care taken by Pte. Fordie (Doctor’s Staff) in giving out Boracic Powder to those needing it at each halt and to Section Commanders seeing that socks were removed and dried whenever possible.

Stood to arms.

Communion Service.

Voluntary Church Service.

Bathing Parade.

Capt. White left camp 4.30 a.m. with Capt. Welstead, Lieut. Richards and 50 R.F. with 14 4th K.A.R. & Lieut. Gates, R.A.M.C. to follow ordinary patrol (Indians) to RAMESI RIVER in hopes that German patrol known to be near RAMESI would try to capture ordinary daily patrol.

Reached Ramesi River, sent on small patrol to KIDEMU who returned and reported on tracks of observation patrol (1 man in boots, 3 barefooted) who had retired shortly before.

Received news from Camp that the German patrol had raided a village 5 miles N at dawn.

Started for DALGUBE and raided village.

Reached raided village.  Got on track of patrol.

Got a local native who said German patrol had passed the point where we were at 8 a.m. heading North, so we decided to return to Camp.

Reached MSAMBWENI.  Distance covered 28 -30 Miles.

Stood to arms.

Lieut. Moss and 20 men, who had left with patrol of K.A.R. under Capt. Leake at 1.30 p.m. yesterday to go to raided village at DALGUBE, returned.  They had passed through two hours after us, camped close to it last night and returned in early morning.

Bathing Parade.

Inspection of Rifles, Feet, Emergency Rations and ammunition.

Stood to arms every morning.  Bathing parade and rifle inspection in evening for those fit.

Left Msambweni and embarked at Gasi on “S.S. Wissman”.  Remained at anchor all night.

Left 6 a.m. arrived Kilindini 8 a.m.  Disembarked and entrained.  Train taken to Kilindini Station where we past rest of day and night.

Left for Voi.

Arrived Voi.

Left for Maktau.

Arrived Maktau.  4 Officers and 71 Rank and File out of 5 Officers and 116 Rank and File.  Rest left sick at Mombasa and Voi.


10.10 p.m.

5.10 a.m.

1 p.m.

4 p.m.

6 p.m.

11 p.m.

10 a.m.

11 a.m.

7 p.m.

2 a.m.

4 a.m.

8.30 a.m.

3.30 p.m.

7.45 p.m.

5.45 a.m.

10.30 a.m.

3.30 p.m.

5.30 p.m.

4.30-6 a.m.

7 a.m.

8.30 a.m.

3.30 p.m.

4.30 a.m.

8 a.m.

2.30 p.m.

2.35 p.m.

4 p.m.

6 p.m.

9.45 p.m.

4.30-6 a.m.

8 a.m.

3.30 p.m.

5 p.m.

10 a.m.

8 a.m.

7 p.m.

6.30 a.m.

10.45 a.m.


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