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International Women's Day

Woman of the British Empire. Please remember them. Thank you

International Women's Day - 8th March has been observed since the early 1900's, and is now a global celebration with many countries marking the occasion with a national holiday.

There is at least one inspirational woman in every family. A Grandmother, Mother, Sister or Daughter. Sadly, all too often their contributions to life outside of family matters are either deemed unimportant or under-estimated.

"There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer"

British West Indies Regiment One of Britain’s forgotten Regiments

British West Indies Regiment. 1st World War

The sacrifices made by over 15,000  British West Indians who volunteered to serve under British Imperial Command, joining fellow West Indians and other members of the Commonwealth family have largely been ignored in accounts of World War 1. 

The following links provides details of how on the 19th September 1918 an opportunity arose for the British West Indian Regiment to change the course of the War. 


Charity Cricket Day Event

West Indies Regiment

Another successful day sharing stories and new ideas. Picture shows Alisha Evans, Councillor Peter Douglas Osborn, Debbie Gooding and John Evans - The Royal British Legion, and holding the Colours the son of a Windrush Pioneer.

Alisha and John revealed their Commonwealth family connection and have promised to share their historic links to Britain following their planned trip back to Fiji later this month.

Charity Cricket Day





All proceeds to: ABF The Soldiers ' Charity, The Royal British Legion and The British Association for Cricketers with Disabilities

Sunday 7th August 2011, Bournville Cricket Club, Birmingham. Gates open at 12 noon.

Historical Barbados


The Caribbean is steeped in British History and Barbados is no exception. During the 17th & 18th Centuries Barbados was an important military base which the British used to protect their interests in the southern Caribbean.

Barbados has the world's rearest collection of 17th Century English iron cannon.

Making this a better world.

Despite information being easily accessible through media coverage and the internet, the reason why Britain has such a diverse cultural population is still widely unknown.

For many years contributions and support given to Britain by West Indians and other Nations of the former Empire has been overlooked and kept out of the public domain. But not any longer!

The WAWI project was founded in 2009 with the publication of our book ' Why are West Indians in this Country?' Unlike many publications of this type it does not mark the end of our research but the beginning.


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