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The Nairobi African Memorial stands alongside Kenyatta Avenue, in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. It commemorates East African soldiers and carriers who died during the First World War.

Over 34,000 East African soldiers and over 600,000 porters and carriers served with British Empire forces throughout the campaigns against Germany’s colonial forces in East Africa during the First World War. The memorial commemorates over 50,000 who died during the war.

Key Features

  • One of three memorials erected to commemorate East African soldiers and carriers who died during the First World War
  • The memorial takes the form of three bronze figures each representing those who served during the war; a scout of the intelligence corps, a soldier of the King’s Africans Rifles and a member of the Carrier Corps
  • The memorial was designed by James Alexander Stevenson
  • Unveiled on 20 May 1928, by Her Highness Princess Marie Louise, in the presence of British officials and tribal chiefs
Nairobi African Cemetery


One of the earliest actions of the First World War took place off the coast of German East Africa (GEA) on 8 August 1914, when the British cruiser HMS Astraea shelled a German wireless station. The territory, today mainland Tanzania, was Germany’s largest colony in Africa.

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Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya, and the memorial is located in the centre of town, opposite the Memorial Hall Obelisk

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