HMT Briton May 1917 British West Indies Regiment (Jamaica)

HMT Briton May 1917 British West Indies Regiment (Jamaica)

Remembering the 7th Battalion (6th Jamaica War Contingent - 34 officers, 1650 men) of the British West Indies Regiment who sailed under the command of Capt. CD Arnold, from Jamaica on 31 May 1917 via Martinique arriving in Brest, France on 18 June 1917. There were also 50 men of the West India Regiment. When the men disembarked the Chef de Etat Major with trumpeter and marine band played the Marseillaise and King, and then the men marched to the railway station following the French band. The inhabitants of Brest gave a great reception throwing flowers and sweets to the men. 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

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