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The Mombasa African Memorial stands beside the Mombasa Road - the main thoroughfare through the island city. 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 four bronze figures, each representing those who served during the war: a scout of the intelligence corps, an Arab rifleman, a soldier of the King’s African Rifles and a member of the Carrier Corps
  • The memorial was designed by James Alexander Stevenson
  • The Mombasa African Memorial was unveiled on 24 May 1927 (Empire Day) by His Excellency Mr E. B. Denham acting governor of Kenya
Mombasa African Memorial

History

One of the earliest actions of the First World War took place of the coast of German East Africa on 8 August 1914, when the British cruiser HMS Astraea shelled a Germen wireless station.

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Design

The Mombasa African Memorial is one of three memorials to East African servicemen of the First World War. The other two are Nairobi African Memorial and Dar es Saleem African Memorial. Each memorial is unique but similar in form.

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