Medals sold 2004 for 120 pounds Lieutenant J. W. Kirk, Nyasaland Field Force, late Nyasaland Volunteer Reserve 1914-15 Star (Nyasaland F.F.); British War and Victory Medals (Lieut.); Africa General Service 1902-06, 1 clasp, Nyasaland 1915 (Nyasaland Vo. Res.) good very fine (4) . Footnote Joseph William Kirk enlisted in the Nyasaland Volunteer Reserve on 1 January 1905 and served in that unit until 12 July 1915, when he was discharged in orde
1878 Dec 12. Born, from ADRIC register. I think it is correct in that it gives his age as 42: if he had really want to appear younger, then he would have said 39. There are 2 men who fit this age, if it is correct, who were born in England. One born Radford, Nottinghamshire in Jan/Mar 1879 the son of a Lace Maker, this man married Annie Holmes. The other born Camberwell, London in Apr/Jun 1878, but then disappears from the records. There is a forces birth in India "William Joseph Kirk" which is possible. Nothing in Ireland or Scotland that I can find as runners. Or he may have been born in Africa, and records do not exist.
1896/1900 There is a British Consular death in Malawi (Nyasaland) registered of Joseph Kirk. Whilst obviously not him, it could be related
1901 Nov 11. He enlisted in the Volunteers three times, 6.11.1901, 28.02.1910 and 6.05.1914. The first two times were at Blantyre and the last time at Mlanje. He resigned once on 31.12.1912 (the other two times he left must have been ends of engagements.
1906 Oct 26. Joseph W Kirk leaves UK for Chinde, Mozambique, with Annie M, Joseph L and William S Kirk.
1910 He was Manager of Kabola Stores and appeared in the 1910 NYASALAND DIRECTORY.
1914 May 6. Enlisted in the Volunteers at Mlanje
1915 Feb. J W Kirk owned an estate named Esperanza in Mlanje.
1915/1916. J.W. Kirk qualified for the Africa General Service Medal with bar NYASALAND 1915 for the Chilembwe Uprising, although his role in it was on garrison duty at Mlanje.
As World War I approached Chilembwe became increasingly upset by the unjust employment practices of the neighboring European-owned estates. The outbreak of war in 1914 and the conscription of large numbers of Africans as soldiers and carriers led him to instigate a military uprising against colonial rule in 1915. Although the uprising was a military fiasco, Chilembwe's death in its aftermath assured for him a martyr's place in the subsequent history of African anticolonial struggle.
1916 Jan 13. The undermentioned, to be temp. Lts. whilst serving with the Forces in E. Africa: — Joseph William Kirk.
1916 Mar 2. From The Nyasaland Times: We congratulate Mr J W Kirk on his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Mr Kirk is one of the oldest volunteers in the Protectorate and in civil life has held his share of public offices, being ex-Mayor of Blantyre, Past Master of the Lodge Nyasa, etc
1918 Feb. Attended an "At Home" with other officers of the NFF at the Savoy Hotel, Beira
1918 Aug 23. Army Ordnance Dept. The undermentioned to be temp. 2nd Lts. (on prob.): — Temp. Lt. J. W. Kirk, from Gen. List (Nyasaland Field Force).
1918 Nov 23. RAOC. The undermentioned temp. 2nd Lts. (on prob.) are confirmed in their rank, and to be temp. Lts.:— J. W. Kirk.
1920 Dec 29. Joined ADRIC with service no 1376. Posted to M Coy
1921 May 14. Promoted Section Leader and CQM
1922 Jan 19. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC
1939 Register . He is there as Retired RAOC. Living at 27A St Annes Road , Eastbourne . It gives his d.o.b. as 12 Dec 1878