The British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) staff and Veterans marked their Corps day by commemorating the Kenyan RAMC soldiers who had died during the Second World War.
Today’s service also marked the joint sacrifices made by all soldiers of the Commonwealth in the Medical Corps.
Padre John Jamieson led a service of commemoration and remembrance and laid flowers at the 3 graves of Kenyan Medical Corps soldiers in Nanyuki Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery.
Kenya during the Second World War
During the war, Kenya was one of the single most important recruiting grounds for the British Army in Africa. During the course of the war, over 98 thousand Kenyans were recruited as Askaris into the King’s African Rifles (KAR), representing 30% of the unit’s total strength.
Kenyan soldiers served in the successful East African Campaign against the Italians, as well as the invasion of Vichy-held Madagascar and the Burma Campaign against the Japanese, alongside troops from west Africa. Kenyans also served in the Royal Navy and some individuals also served in the Royal Air Force.