Vincent Daniel was destined to follow the family trend and join the teaching profession until the Army was suggested as an alternative and means to learning a trade. On 4th September 1964; aged 19, he began basic training at Sutton Coldfield Barracks as a Fusilier with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
The WAWI Project supports any organisation that puts education at the top of their agenda. For that reason members were proud to be on parade at St Matins Church for a Service of Remembrance of the Birmingham Blitz and of Thanksgiving for the Survivors.
Its aim to commemorate the 2241 people who lost their lives during the Second World War bombing of Birmingham between 9th August 1940 and the 23rd April 1943.
"We give thanks for the courage of our brothers and sisters in arms. For the strength of their backs and their wills, for the grit and their trustiness, for their spirit and determination, for their sense and their skill. We give you thanks. May we be to them as good a comrade as they have been to us, and may your strong arm defend and empower us daily".
Service led by Rev. David Bennett, Padre, FBESA.
Many Caribbean women appear to have a pre-determined calling to join the Caring Profession.
In 1780 Couba Cornwallis nursed Horatio Nelson back to health when he was struck down with fever, and Mary Seacole travelled to the Crimea to help wounded Soldiers.
When in 1948 the Minister of Health spearheaded a new venture 'The National Health Service' an extensive and energetic recruitment campaign was put into place for qualified people from the Caribbean.
Their response overwhelming; each individual responding to the call of duty.
22nd June 2013 marked the 65th Anniversary of the arrival of the SS EmpireWindrush. Yet in truth until 6 years ago I had no knowledge or understanding as to what Windrush was or meant. Thankfully that changed because of one person who has worked tirelessly uncovering England's Hidden History, educating a nation and teaching us all the true meaning of kinship.
Standards Paraded included:
The Memorial Gates, Constitution Hill, London were opened in 2002 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate the sacrifices made by the people of Africa, Asia and the West Indies.
An exhibition 'We Were There was also set up by the Ministry of Defence and British Armed Forces to support the occasion.
The British Campaign to push the Japanese out of Burma was the longest and bloodiest of World War 2. Thousands of miles away from the battles in Western Europe, it's soldiers were often known as the 'Forgotten Army' but those who fought in it would never forget...
The poppy appeal and the subsequent parades and services let those who are no longer with us know they are in our thoughts and enable us to give some support to those who are still willing to fight for freedom and damocracy.
Wear your poppy with pride
I love and miss you Grandad
The West India Regiment raised in 1795 disbanded in 1927, had their Regimental Standard shipped back to England and presented to King George V. It now forms part of the Royal Collection Trust.
The West India Regiment was reformed in 1958 following the formation of the Federation of the West Indies.
A new Strand of colours incorporating all the insignias, battle honours, traditions and history of previous West India Regiments were commissioned.
A plaque dedicated to Briish & Commonwealth Veterans, hangs in the Peace Gardens, Bath Row, Birmingham, England.
"No greater gift can one man give, than to lay his life down for another"
Six vessels of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Jamaica, after the Island of Jamaica.