HMT Magdalena Dec 1917 British West Indies Regiment

HMT Magdalena Dec 1917 British West Indies Regiment

Remembering the 12th and last Battalion (5th Trinidad Contingent of 211 men/3rd Contingent) who sailed from Trinidad/Barbados on HMT Magdalena on 7/8 December, arriving in Brest, France on 27 December 1917. There were also men from Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia and St. Vincent. All of the men were volunteers. For those who died extra information has been collected from the Soldiers' Effects records, and for others there are pension service 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 14911. Trinidad BWIR service numbers from 16255 to 16427 // The last number recorded for this final battalion of the British West Indies Regiment is Pte 16950 Egbert Baird of Guyana // incomplete.

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