West Indians serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Force

West Indians serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Force

Owing to the colour bar of the British military services at the beginning of the war, the only option available was for West Indians living in Canada to enlist with the CEF, who did not operate such a bar. This community consists of both black and white servicemen and women. It is true that many of those who enlisted were from the white colonial families, but the widely-held view that black soldiers were only used as labourers in France is wrong; the British West Indies Regiment fought against the Turks with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, under the command of New Zealand Forces. Incorporates Bermuda.

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  • Profile picture for Lee Thompson-Mclaughlin

    Born 1894

    Died 1917

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) Flight Cadet Royal Flying Corps 59th Reserve Squadron

    Canadian Expeditionary Force McG152 Private Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 2nd McGill Reinforcements

    British Army Second Lieutenant Prince Of Wales' Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) 4th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Frank Dobree Mccrea

    Born 1894

    Died 1918

    British Army Lieutenant Royal Canadian Regiment

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Lieutenant

  • Profile picture for Frank Bowers

    Born 1898

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931058 Private No.2 Construction Battalion

  • Profile picture for Hugh Christie Manning

    Born 1891

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 107425 Lance Corporal Canadian Mounted Rifles

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Lieutenant Canadian Infantry 16th Reserve Battalion

  • Profile picture for Evan Kirton

    Born 1892

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931059 Private No.2 Construction Battalion

  • Profile picture for Jocelyn Maynard Payne

    Born 1888

    Died 1918

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 349367

    Other Empire Force Royal Scots, Montreal

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 349367 Gunner Canadian Garrison Artillery 3rd Siege Battery

  • Profile picture for Hilton Burnley Eccles

    Born 1887

    Died 1916

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 65304

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 65304 Private Canadian Infantry (Victoria Regiment) 24th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Percy H Winn Davis

    Born 1893

    Died 1916

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 113165

    Other Empire Force Jamaican Militia

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 113165 Private Central Ontario Regiment 1st/4th Battalion Mounted Rifles

  • Profile picture for John Percy Hume Atkin

    Born 1883

    Died 1919

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Lieutenant Canadian Field Artillery 4th Brigade

  • Profile picture for Walter George Birkett

    Born 1890

    Died 1916

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 294 Gunner Canadian Field Artillery 4th Battalion

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 294 Driver Canadian Field Artillery 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column

  • Profile picture for Louise Blanche Peat Later Welch

    Born 1890

    Died 1971

    British Army Staff Nurse Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Reserve

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Nursing Sister Canadian Army Medical Corps

  • Profile picture for James Alexander Elder

    Born 1879

    Died 1918

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 1049222

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 1049222 Staff Sergeant Canadian Forestry Corps

  • Profile picture for Charles Allen Bailey

    Born 1890

    Died 1938

    Other Empire Force Barbados Volunteers

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 14914 Sapper Canadian Engineers

  • Profile picture for Bertram Howard Cox

    Born 1894

    Died 1981

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 327964