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How the BWIR performed in the War

How the BWIR performed in the War

In 1917 Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig said of the BWIR, “[Their] work has been very arduous and has been carried out almost continuously under shell-fire. In spite of casualties the men have always shown themselves willing and cheerful workers, and the assistance...
The BWIR – British West Indies Regiment

The BWIR – British West Indies Regiment

The following newspaper report from the “Stratford Express” (London) 19 May 1915, page 3: “THE DOCKS – Black Men for the Front At West Ham Police Court to-day (Wednesday). “Nine Black men, natives of Barbados, West Indies, were charged with being...

A day in Brixton

Jak Beula (tracksuit) recording at Raw Material studio in Brixton. Seated: engineer Jon Bristol. Standing (from left): top opera singer Keel Watson; Robert Lindo and Chev Mastin and of Natural Mystic; videographer Joe Grahame, who is helping to make a documentary of...
The Taranto Uprising

The Taranto Uprising

The troops in the war all worked together, peacefully, for a common cause. This is a widespread belief. However, history tells a different story, 1914 to 1918 was a period of widespread industrial disputes and the “military campaign” was littered with rebellion among...