Annual memorial service for Federation Day

Annual memorial service for Federation Day

"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.

Lest we forget the Nursing Profession

SS Empire Windrush Sunday 23 June 2013 : NHS Nurse's Remembered

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.

SS Empire Windrush 65th Anniversary Remembrance Service

W I Regimental Standards on Parade, SS Empire Windrush Sunday 2013

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:

Soldiers of the British West Indian Regiment Commemorated on the Menin Gate

British West Indies Troops lost in the Ypres Salient

The following article was contributed by Paul Finegan - Royal British Legion (Halesowen Branch)

In March I had the honour of accompanying The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor John Lines on a visit to The Western Front, which included an overnight stop in the Belgian town of Ypres; home to the Menin Gate. 

Equal Rights Charter

The Queen is to sign a new charter backing equal rights in every Commonwealth nation. 

The document declares - "We are implacably opposed to all forms of disrcimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds".

It was adopted in December 2012 by all 54 Commonwealth Nations and will be signed by the Monarch at an event in London on 11th March to mark Commonwealth Day.

The Memorial Gates

Memorial Gates

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.

Birmingham Poppy Appeal Launch

Burma - The Forgotten Campaign

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

West India Regiment 1958-1962

West India Regimental Standard 1958 - 1962

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.


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