The Caribbean honours its overlooked WW1 soldiers – BBC News

The Caribbean honours its overlooked WW1 soldiers

Ex-servicemen in Antigua think the contribution of Caribbean soldiers to WW1 has been overlooked

Ask ex-servicemen in Antigua and Barbuda about their country’s contribution to World War One efforts and the response will be delivered with ample pride and a touch of pique.

This Remembrance Sunday at 11:00, as they do every year, they will join their counterparts around the world and gather at the nation’s Cenotaph to commemorate their fallen, but overlooked, heroes.

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On November 10, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Unequal at home in the colonies; unequal at the battlefront:

    “Despite receiving a heroes’ welcome when they arrived in England, the Caribbean soldiers were not permitted to fight as equals alongside their white counterparts.

    Most served for lower pay in the Labour Corps transporting ammunition, digging trenches, building roads and railway lines. The backbreaking work was often carried out within range of German artillery and snipers, resulting in several deaths.”

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