3rd Battalion British West Indies Regiment

3rd Battalion British West Indies Regiment

The following article was contributed by Paul Finnegan Royal British Legion, Halesowen Branch July 2015

On a recent visit to Ypres I visited Ypres Reservoir Cemetery in the town, primarily to see the grave of VC recipient Brigadier General Francis Aylmer Maxwell. The information panel at the entrance to the Cemetery stated that there were six graves of men who served with the British West Indies Regiment So I sought to find one. 

SS Empire Windrush Remembrance Sunday Service

HMS Forward Supports SS Empire Windrush Remembrance Sunday

SS Empire Windrush Remembrance Sunday is an annual event held at Holy Trinity Church. As with all Services of Remembrance it offers us a moment of reflection, contemplation and celebration for the achievements made by the people from the Caribbean who once again answered England's call for help.

In 1948, skilled professionals joined returning military personnel to help rebuild, care and protect a war torn country.

ANZAC, Gallipoli and WW1

ANZAC Day - Cannock Chase

ANZAC Day (25th April) honours the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire. It also marks the anniversary of the first military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

ANZAC day is observed in the Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn Islands and Tonga. It was previously a national holiday in Papua New Guinea and Samoa.

In memory of the SS Mendi

In memory of the SS Mendi

On 21 February 1917, during the 1st World War, Mendi was transporting 823 personnel of the South African Native Corps to France. She had sailed from Cape Town to Lagos (Nigeria) where a gun was fitted to her stern, then on to Plymouth; before proceeding towards Northern France.

At 5am, while being escorted by the destroyer HMS Brisk, Mendi was struck amidships and almost cut in half by the SS Darrow, an empty meat ship bound for Argentina.

616 South Africans (607 of them black troops) plus 30 crew members, mostly British, died in the disaster.

India's Contribution to the First World War

India's Contribtion to the First World War. British Empire

Undivided India which includes the Countries today called Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar) Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal contributed to the war efforts by sending over 1,105,000 Indian personnel overseas.

India's contribution was not confined to the army. The Royal Indian Marine was armed in 1914, some of its ships serving with the Royal Navy on escort duties and others as costal minesweepers or river gunboats in the Mesopotamia campaign.

The role of the Indian merchant services in transportation and supply was no less essential than that of their comrades in arms.

Forces TV: Pilots of the Caribbean

Pilots of the Caribbean Exhibition at RAF Museum Cosford

Here's a fine example of the WAWI Project working in partnership with RAF Museum Cosford; supporting Pilots of the Caribbean: Volunteers of African Heritage in the RAF.

See Julie Knox reporting for Forces TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj7fKfyWJcc

The exhibition is open daily, 10am - 5pm, Free Admission at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8UP - 01902 376200

Pilots of the Caribbean Exhibition comes to RAF Cosford

RAF Cosford. West Indians. WW1. WW2. British Empire. Commonwealth.

WAWI members attended the launch of Pilots of the Caribbean at RAF Cosford on Monday 6th October. We're proud to see our Standard Bearer Don Campbell featuring on ITV Central News promoting the exhibition.

To see the official ITV News report; aired 13th October; please view the link below.


Migrants Statue

Bronze Statue

A bronze sculpture celebrating the people who lived and worked in Cardiff Bay.

The Cardiff dockland district in Wales, known today as Cardiff Bay was transformed by the Industrial Revolution. Tiger Bay (as it was formally known) became a global coal producer and a bustling cosmopolitan, with migrants travelling from the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and the Middle East to settle and work in the surrounding dockland area. The Cardiff of today has a richly diverse population because of this cultural influx.


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