Morogoro is situated 195
kilometres west of Dar-Es-Salaam.
At the large roundabout on the main road from Dar-Es-Salaam take the
turning for the town centre. Follow this road straight through the town
and come out the other side on a narrow road lined with mango trees. About
1 kilometre from the centre of town, turn right onto a rough track (this
is marked by a CWCG direction sign). After approximately 100 metres, bear
left at the fork (also signposted) and the cemetery is about 50 metres
along the track on your right, set back amongst trees.
Morogoro Cemetery is open every day between 06:00 and 18:00. Outside these
hours the cemetery is locked with a coded padlock. If you intend to visit
outside of the opening hours the code to the padlock can be obtained from
our office in Kenya on 00 254 20260 4301. The opening hours of this office
are Monday-Friday 08:30-12:30, 13:30-16:30 (closed weekends).
Wheelchair access to the cemetery is possible via main entrance.
For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our
Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.
At the outbreak of the First World War Tanzania was the core of German
East Africa. From the invasion of April 1915, Commonwealth forces fought a
protracted and difficult campaign against a relatively small but highly
skilled German force under the command of General von Lettow-Vorbeck. When
the Germans finally surrendered on 23 November 1918, twelve days after the
European armistice, their numbers had been reduced to 155 European and
1,168 African troops.
Morogoro was occupied by Commonwealth forces on the 26 August 1916 and the
German civil cemetery was taken over for Commonwealth war burials. Between
the beginning of September 1916 and January 1919, 177 burials were carried
out by the five medical units which were posted in the town and which
were, at the outset, assisted by German medical personnel and civilians.
After the Armistice, 169 graves were brought in from other burial grounds,
including the following:
BUKU BUKU (or DINA BUKU) GRAVES, between Morogoro and the Mwuha river. The
place was occupied in September 1916 and a medical unit was posted there.
DAKAWA (WAMI RIVER), between Morogoro and Handeni.
DUTHUMI MILITARY CEMETERY, between Morogoro and the Rufiji. The place was
captured in September, 1916.
KIKEO ROAD CEMETERY, near Kisaki.
RUFIJI RIVER CEMETERY, near Chogowali.
TULO CEMETERY, on the Mikese-Duthumi road. The place was occupied in
There are now 384 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the
cemetery, 4 of which are unidentified. There are 9 non Commonwealth
burials here, including 5 unidentified.
Rank: Captain, Date of Death: 05/09/1916, Age: 27, Regiment/Service: King's
Royal Rifle Corps 2nd Bn. attd. Gold Coast Regiment, W.A.F.F., Awards: V C, D S
O, Grave Reference III. C. 3.. Son of Lt. Col. Francis John Paul Butler and the
Hon. Elspeth Butler; husband of Alice Amelia Butler, of Apsley House, Portfield,
An extract from "The London Gazette dated 23rd Aug., 1915, records the
following:-"For most conspicuous bravery in the Cameroons, West Africa. On 17th
November, 1914, with a party of 13 men, he went into the thick bush and at once
attacked the enemy, in strength about 100, including several Europeans, defeated
them, and captured their machine gun and many loads of ammunition. On 27th
December, 1914, when on patrol duty, with a few men, he swam the Ekam River,
which was held by the enemy, alone and in the face of a brisk fire, completed
his reconnaissance on the further bank, and returned in safety. Two of his men
were wounded while he was actually in the water".