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How many African Soldiers?

How many African Soldiers?

War films tend to have whitewashed the army.  Note below the amount of soldiers used from Africa.  They are somehow not represented in movies about world war II, or world war I for that...
Nigeria’s contribution to the War Efforts

Nigeria’s contribution to the War Efforts

The British War Department produced a number of publications marking the contributions of the colonies to World War II efforts. This is about Nigeria:-   “NIGERIA FOR VICTORY: COLONIAL RESOURCES ARE VITAL TO THE WAR EFFORT”   There is no part of the far...
Racial Discrimination  Experienced by the BWIR

Racial Discrimination Experienced by the BWIR

The British Empire in 1914 covered almost 12 million square miles and included 421 million people. Of the 59 million who were not in India (including modern Pakistan and Bangladesh) and the UK, 1.7 million were in the British West Indies. This consisted of the...
The Taranto Revolt

The Taranto Revolt

Following the Armistice in November 1918 the battalions of the BWIR were concentrated at Taranto, Italy, to prepare for demobilisation. However, as a result of severe labour shortages at Taranto they were still required to work; loading and unloading ships, performing...
Food, Clothing & the practicalities of War

Food, Clothing & the practicalities of War

In July 1916, 500 men of the BWIR were sent to fight in German East Africa. There they were engaged in guarding the railway line captured from German forces, manning communications posts, and finding and capturing German ammunition dumps. This was a difficult and...
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...
I have a Song – The Campaign

I have a Song – The Campaign

Fundraising single for memorial Written by Alan Slingsby on October 8, 2015 in Brixton Stories, Community, Music, News – 1 Comment Jak Beula (tracksuit) recording at Raw Material studio in Brixton. Seated: engineer Jon Bristol. Standing (from left): top opera singer...