HMT Briton Mar 1917 British West Indies Regiment (Jamaica)

HMT Briton Mar 1917 British West Indies Regiment (Jamaica)

Remembering the 6th Battalion (5th Jamaica War Contingent - 36 officers, 1656 men) of the British West Indies Regiment who sailed from Jamaica on 30 March 1917 arriving in Brest on 19 April 1917. All of the men were volunteers. An outbreak of measles and broncho-pneumonia caused some of the serious cases to be landed on the islands of Martinique and St. Lucia. 11 of these men died and were buried in Choc Bay War Cemetery, whilst 12 men recovered and were collected when the 8th Battalion sailed on HMT Magdalena in July 1917. 1 officer and 10 other ranks died during the voyage or shortly after arrival in France. At the end of April the whole battalion was put into isolation owing to an outbreak of mumps. 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 // incomplete

Created by: Deborah102878

CSV Export
  • British Army 8578 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • British Army 7040 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • British Army 7038 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • Profile picture for Josiah Whitley

    Died 1918

    British Army 8520 Private British West Indies Regiment

    British Army 8520 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • British Army 8312 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • British Army 7767 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • Profile picture for Darius Williams

    Born 1894

    Died 1917

    British Army 8305 Private British West Indies Regiment

    British Army 8305 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • Profile picture for David Williams

    British Army 7491 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • British Army 7986 Acting Corporal British West Indies Regiment

  • British Army 8667 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • British Army 8538 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • Profile picture for Obadiah Williams

    Born 1895

    British Army 8671 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • Profile picture for Leonard Williams

    Died 1919

    British Army 8279 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • British Army 8506 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • Profile picture for Solomon Williams

    Died 1917

    British Army 8536 Private British West Indies Regiment

    British Army 8536 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • British Army 8505 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • Profile picture for Constantine Skeyers, Or Skyers

    Died 1918

    British Army 7203 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • British Army 7936 Corporal British West Indies Regiment

  • British Army 7444 Private British West Indies Regiment

  • British Army 8445 Private British West Indies Regiment