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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0099 KCLMA Mandambwe
MANDAMBWE, Rev John Edward Archibald (b 1926)
Level of description
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

MANDAMBWE, Rev John Edward Archibald (b 1926)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in Zomba District, Nyasaland (Malawi), 1926; conscripted into 2 Bn, D Company, Nyasaland King's African Rifles, 1939; stationed in Egypt, 1940-1943; Corporal, 1942; stationed in India, 1943-1945; Sergeant, 1943; Staff Sergeant, 1944; discharged, 1945; trained as a teacher, 1958.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Mario Kolk, Jun 2008.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Published memoir Can you tell me why I went to war? A story of a young King's African Rifle, Reverend Father John E A Mandambwe, co-written by Mario Kolk, describing Mandambwe's conscription into the King's African Rifles from school in the Malindi area, Nyasaland (Malawi), 1939; training and service in Egypt and India, 1939-1945; postwar life in Nyasaland (Malawi) and South Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), 1945-1964; impact of war service on his life, including recognition in the form of a pension, 1998-2007.

System of arrangement

1 volume.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

No further finding aids are available.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

Related units of description

The Liddell Hart Centre contains further material relevant to the King's African Rifles in World War Two, including Brig Trevor Hart Dyke, an account of his life and service with King's African Rifles, East Africa, 1930-1936; and as commander, 5 King's African Rifles, East Africa, 1946-1947; Lt Col John Pitt, memoir 'Adui Mbele (Enemy in Front): some recollections of a Platoon Commander in the East African Campaign', describing command of 1/6 (Tanganyika) King's African Rifles, 22 (East African) Infantry Brigade, Abyssinia (Ethiopia), 1940-1942.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Katharine Higgon.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Jun 2008

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  • African history
  • Colonial armies
  • National history
  • War
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • MANDAMBWE, Rev John Edward Archibald (b 1926)

Corporate names

  • King's African Rifles


  • Central Africa
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Malawi
  • North Africa
  • South Asia
  • Southern Africa
  • Zimbabwe

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