Pictures used with the permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Voi is a small town approximately 160 kilometres from Mombasa and is just
north of the main highway between Nairobi and Mombasa.
As the cemetery has no permanent staff, it is kept locked with coded
padlock. If you are intending to visit this site, the code to the padlock can be
obtained from our office in Kenya on 00 254 20260 4301.
Voi became a hospital centre early in 1916. In the period August 1915 to
December 1917, 100 burials were made in the cemetery and after the Armistice, a
further 37 graves were brought in from Bura Military Cemetery (14 graves of the
2nd Loyal North Lancs, 29 September 1915), Maktau Military Cemetery (17 graves,
largely 3 September 1915) and Tsavo Military Cemetery (six graves).
Victoria Cross Recipient
WILBUR TAYLOR DARTNELL
Rank: Lieutenant, Date of Death: 03/09/1915, Age: 30, Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers 25th Bn. , Awards: V C, Grave Reference V. B. 1., (Also known as William Thomas DARTNELL). Son of Henry and Rose Ann Dartnell; husband of Elizabeth Edith Dartnell (nee Smyth), of "Maktau," Phillips Avenue, Murrumbeena, Victoria, Australia. Born at Melbourne.
Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 23rd Dec., 1915, records the following.- "For most conspicuous bravery near Maktau (East Africa) on 3rd September, 1915. During a mounted infantry engagement the enemy got within a few yards of our men, and it was found impossible to get the more severely wounded away. Lieutenant Dartnell, who was himself being carried away wounded in the leg, seeing the situation, and knowing that the enemy''s black troops murdered the wounded, insisted on being left behind in the hopes of being able to save the lives of the other wounded men. He gave his own life in the gallant attempt to save others."