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Voi Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery -- A consolidated cemetery with graves recovered from scattered burial places, after the war and re interred here. An Australian volunteer, Lieutenant W. Dartnell VC is buried here having been awarded the posthumous Victoria Cross for gallantry near Maktau. His was initially buried in Maktau. It is situated in Voi town next to the Police station at Latitude 38° 34’ E and Longitude 3°23’25”S. The cemetery was set aside for the burial of soldiers who died during the First World War that took place from 1914 to 1918. The well kept and tidy cemetery is looked after by the Government of Kenya on behalf of the peoples of the Commonwealth, who are in turn represented by the Commonwealth War Grave Commission whose offices are in Nairobi. PHOTOS - COURTESY JAMES WILLSON

'Guerrillas of Tsavo' First World War exhibit at Sarova's Taita Hills

This is a plea for help to upgrade the Guerrillas of Tsavo First World War exhibit at Sarova Taita Hills Lodge in memory of the 1000s of unknown Africans who also have no known grave.

In 2014 Sarova Hotels with Guerrillas of Tsavo launched a temporary Exhibit in the foyer of the hotel to explain what happened 100 years ago in Taita Taveta County and some of the background to East African Campaign.

Four years later our temporary exhibit is still up and is being studied by hundreds of people every year.

In April we decided that the Exhibit needed an upgrade to better explain the incredible roll the African solider and porter played in the war as well as encourage protection for these important heritage sites.

The amazing artefacts also need a new lease of life with improved labelling and showcases.

Sarova Hotels have very kindly agreed to continue to house and look after the exhibit for the foreseeable future

We are asking for your help to raise money to update and modernise the First World War exhibit, to bring the East African Campaign to life, in a captivating way that will appeal to the multinational audience all before the Commemoration to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War in November.

We have launched two crowd funding campaigns, one in Kenya with M-Changa and one in the UK on justgiving.co.uk.

Donations can be made through:

MPESA (Lipa Na MPESA – Pay Bill 891300 – Account 22157),

PayPal or Credit Card through justgiving.co.uk. (search for ww1kenya) or M-Changa.

Instead of being text heavy, the Campaign will now be told through a series of icons, graphics and images with short, sharp accompanying commentary.

Split in to easily digestible areas that tackle one topic at a time, it will be easy for visitors spending just a few minutes at the exhibit to come away inspired, engaged and eager to learn more while ’remembering the forgotten’.

Guerrillas of Tsavo have also rebuilt the website ( www.guerrillasoftsavo.com ).

The News section is brimming with interesting articles and links to amazing information connected to the First World War in East Africa.

There is also an events page where information on the upcoming commemorations will be posted including how to attend.

We are also building a digital memorial to those who died in British East Africa during the First World War with stories and information on as many people as possible.

Do you have a relative who was involved in the Campaign?

Do you have photos or information that we can use?

Do you have interesting artefacts from the First World War that could be used in the exhibit?

Please contact us on info@guerrillasoftsavo.com.

We would love to hear from you.

Thank you in advance for your kind support in memory of so many.

Eileen, James and Joan Willson

eileen@guerrillasoftsavo.com

'Guerrillas of Tsavo' First World War exhibit at Sarova's Taita Hills | Coastweek

'Guerrillas of Tsavo' First World War exhibit at Sarova Taita Hills Lodge -- In 2014 Sarova Hotels with 'Guerrillas of Tsavo' launched a temporary Exhibit in the foyer of the hotel to explain what happened 100 years ago in Taita Taveta County and some of the background to East African Campaign. Four years later our temporary exhibit is still up and is being studied by hundreds of people every year.

             

 

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