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Who was Arthur Wharton?

Unveiling of Arthur Wharton Statue

A statue of Arthur Wharton; the world's first black professional footballer; has been unveiled at St George's Park National Football Centre in Burton.

The plaque reads: Arthur Wharton: October 1865 - December 1930 "This statue commemorates Arthur Wharton, the world's first black professional footballer, and one of the early pioneers and trailblazers in sport. Wharton was also a professional cricketer, cycling champion, rugby player and the world's first official sprint champion achieving unparalleled success in the face of adversity."

Pilots of the Caribbean Launch - RAF Museum Cosford

WAWI Project attend Pilots of the Caribbean

A brand new exhibition entitled 'Pilots of the Caribbean: Volunteers of African Heritage in the Royal Air Force' opened at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on 6th October 2014.

Coinciding with this year's Black History Month; in partnership with the Black Cultural Archives and with additional input from the WAWI Project; this informative exhibition commemorates the contribution of brave volunteers from Africa and the Caribbean Islands, who came to Britain's defence; receiving no less than 100 Gallantry Medals.

1st World War Commemoration - Glasgow

1st World War Commemoration - Glasgow

Monday 4th August 2014 the WAWI Project was part of the Centenary Commemorations in Glasgow. At the Cathedral WAWI member joined Prince Charles, Prime Minister David Cameron, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmon and other distinguished guests.

The service was conducted by the Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley, Minister of Glasgow Cathedral.

"Gathering as citizens of the Commonwealth we join in the service of Commemoration; and we do so in the company of countless others across the world who able in this broadcast to share it with us.

Annual memorial Services

Annual Memorial Services

There are many annual memorial services held throughout the year including;

  • St Georges Day
  • Federation Day
  • National Service Veterans as well as many others.

British Caribbean Veterans will again be on parade at the Memorial for the Battle of Britain on 15/09/13 at Centenary Square, 10.30 and again at St Martins Church on 21/09/13 at 10.30 for the annual service of remembrance of the Birmingham Air Raids. 

WAWI 2012 Newsletter

The WAWI Project - working together to improved lives

Welcome to the 2nd newsletter of the WAWI Project.

Introduction - Due to the growing interest in the WAWI, we felt it necessary to form an association. We now have an agreed constitution and 10 committee members, including Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer Membership is free and open to anyone who has an interest in assisting the WAWI to achieve its aim and is willing to adhere to the rules of the project.

Armed Forces Day - Birmingham

Armed Forces Day - Birmingham

June may have felt more like April with its continual downpours and flash flooding, however as the crowds came out so too did the sun to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

And what a day it was.

Centenary and Victoria Square both awash with spectators and well wishers, and I am proud to say ' We Were There'.

The WAWI stall, situated in Victoria Square opposite the Council House had a continuous stream of visitors, including the previous and present Lord Mayor. On display, photos and articles highlighting untold stories of England's Military History.