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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  • Born 1894

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 109533

  • Profile picture for Hubert Ashton Nurse

    Born 1893

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 4090060

  • Profile picture for George Henry Packer

    Born 1877

    Died 1917

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 687536

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 687536 Private Canadian Infantry British Columbia Regiment 72nd Battalion

  • Born 1892

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931056

  • Profile picture for William Granville Neish, Msm

    Born 1888

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 25 Sergeant Canadian Army Medical Corps

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 25 Staff Sergeant Canadian Staff Unit

  • Born 1892

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931071

  • Born 1873

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 202

  • Profile picture for Herbert Beresford Hunt Boyce

    Born 1890

    Died 1917

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 670032

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 670032 Private Canadian Pioneers

  • Profile picture for George Cordoza

    Born 1892

    Died 1915

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 11216

  • Profile picture for Karl Fitzroy Alleyne Corbin

    Born 1886

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 457192 Company Quarter Master Sergeant Canadian Infantry 60th Battalion

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant Canadian Infantry 60th Battalion

  • Born 1898

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 2507357

  • Born 1887

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 3040955

  • Born 1895

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 3040811

  • Born 1896

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 2014137

  • Born 1896

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 3230768

  • Profile picture for Mary Langdon Macdermot

    Born 1884

    Died 1962

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Nursing Sister Canadian Army Medical Corps

  • Profile picture for James Hugh Mccormick

    Born 1892

    Died 1916

    Canadian Expeditionary Force A19058

  • Born 1892

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 3040396

  • Born 1893

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 34574

  • Born 1885

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 842074