February 26, 2021

World War One and the Caribbean

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From CARICOM By Debbie Ransome (Caribbean Intelligence) Amid the huge media focus on the 100th anniversary of World War One, not so much is said about the contribution of the smaller parts of what was then the British Empire, including the Caribbean. The West Indies, as it was known at the time, certainly provided its […]

Sergeants of the British West India Regiment

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By Maproom From The British Empire This photograph shows the Sergeants of the British West India Regiment in Palestine during World War One. It is interesting as it shows a regiment in transition as the white faces are joined by a significant number of black ones. Black soldiers were prevented from becoming officers so NCO […]

Tjipetir mystery

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Tjipetir mystery: Why are rubber-like blocks washing up on beaches? By Mario Cacciottolo From BBC News For the past few years, 100-year-old rubber-like blocks from Indonesia have been mysteriously washing up on beaches in the UK and northern Europe. The Titanic has been suggested as one of the possible sources – but now a beachcomber […]

Ex-soldier fights for forgotten army

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All I want is the understanding that it was a world war’ Ex-soldier fights for forgotten army From Birmingham Mail Garry Stewart is battling to gain recognition for the brave black band who traded Caribbean sunshine for sodden Flanders fields. They were the forgotten army in World War One: the Allied soldiers whose time in […]