HMT Magdalena Nov 1915 British West Indies Regiment (Trinidad)

HMT Magdalena Nov 1915 British West Indies Regiment (Trinidad)

Remembering the remainder of the 1st Battalion, and the 2nd Battalion British West Indies Regiment who sailed from Trinidad (100 men of the 2nd Contingent)/Barbados (54) on HMT Magdalena on 17/18 November arriving in Plymouth, England on 3 December 1915. There were also men from Grenada (52), Guyana (30), St. Lucia (10) and St. Vincent (5), and 20 stowaways from Panama, Trinidad and Barbados. Between October 1915 and March 1916, Seaford was used as a training camp for the men from the West Indies in preparation for fighting in Europe. Withnoe camp, Whitsand Bay, Plymouth was also an arrival camp. The new arrivals were inadequately clothed for the harsh realities of the British cold in winter and the huts badly insulated. As a result the camps became rife with diseases and men lost their lives totally unnecessarily. The 2nd Battalion transferred to Alexandria, Egypt on 9 February, arriving 21 February 1916. For those who died extra information has been collected from the Soldiers' Effects records, but for lots of these men there are only medal records because they managed to survive; (the medal rolls are however split by island and show their original battalion). So they sailed from home, served in the war and then sailed home again, with the regiment not invited to the Peace (Victory) Parade held in London July 1919 // Barbados BWIR service numbers from 1299 to 1548 // incomplete

Created by: Deborah102878

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