Learning Curve, The Great War
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Photo of troops of the West Indies regiment in camp on the Albert-Amiens Road, September 1916
(Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum: Q1202)
  • British soldiers in the Great War were not only from Britain. Around 1.6 million men from different parts of the Empire served in the war.
  • Around 16,000 men from the West Indies served in the British West Indies Regiment. Recruitment for the armed forces was especially strong from Jamaica.
  • Some joined up for financial reasons or for adventure, but the majority joined up out of loyalty to Britain in its time of need.
  • This picture shows infantrymen in full uniform with rifles, but the West Indies Regiment also provided artillery gunners and many other types of soldiers.
  • West Indian troops fought on the Western Front, in Italy and in the Middle East. They suffered around 1,300 casualties in these different campaigns.
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