War diary of the 6th Battalion British West Indies Regiment

War diary of the 6th Battalion British West Indies Regiment

An outbreak of measles and broncho-pneumonia during the voyage from Jamaica on 30 March 1917 caused some of the serious cases to be landed on the islands of Martinique and St. Lucia. 1 officer and 10 other ranks died (between 14 and 30 April) during the voyage or shortly after arrival in Brest, France on 19 April. At the end of the month the whole battalion was put into isolation owing to an outbreak of mumps. From the end of January 1918 the battalion was stationed at Taranto, Italy, and from the 1st March at the request of the Italian authorities, passes into town were restricted to 2 per company per day. The battalion moved back to France towards the end of April, leaving the camp standing. On 15 June an aeroplane crashed into the garden of a house in the village of Flesselles and immediately burst into flames. About 12 men of the battalion rushed to the spot and did excellent work , in conjunction with other troops in the village, in extinguishing the fire, thereby preventing it from spreading, and recovering the bodies of the pilot (2/Lieut Sydney Jones) and observer (2/Lieut Stanley Arthur Loram). Amongst the names in the community are men from other regiments; this is because army regulations did not allow black soldiers to rise to senior ranks and it was therefore necessary for senior NCOs to be attached to BWIR to complete the establishment. At the end of the diary in April 1919 it is noted that 100 men are employed in the cemetery in Taranto.

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  • Profile picture for James Ernald Robert Braham

    Born 1899

    Died 1975

    British Army Lieutenant British West Indies Regiment

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    British Army Lieutenant British West Indies Regiment

    British Army Captain British West Indies Regiment

  • Profile picture for Harry Lawford Knaggs

    Born 1898

    British Army Second Lieutenant British West Indies Regiment

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    British Army Captain British West Indies Regiment

  • British Army 3316 Acting Warrant Officer Class 1 West Yorkshire Regiment

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    Born 1896

    Died 1919

    British Army Second Lieutenant British West Indies Regiment

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) Lieutenant Royal Air Force

  • Profile picture for Jabez Henry Southwick

    Born 1893

    British Army 9712 Acting Serjeant Leicestershire Regiment

    British Army 9712 Lance Corporal Leicestershire Regiment 1st Battalion

    British Army Second Lieutenant British West Indies Regiment

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    British Army 21357 Serjeant West Riding Regiment

    British Army 14422 Serjeant Labour Corps attached British West Indies Regiment

  • Born 1893

    Died 1918

    Australian Imperial Force 1577

    Australian Imperial Force Second Lieutenant Australian Flying Corps

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    Born 1895

    Other Empire Force 6716 Private Jamaica War Contingent

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    British Army 7268 Private British West Indies Regiment 6th Battalion

  • Profile picture for L G Silvera

    Died 1917

    British Army Second Lieutenant British West Indies Regiment 6th Battalion

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    Born 1897

    Died 1979

    Air Force (RAF/RFC)

    British Army Second Lieutenant British West Indies Regiment attached Royal Air Force 6th Battalion attached No.7 Squadron

    British Army Temporary Lieutenant British West Indies Regiment

  • Born 1877

    British Army 4346 Warrant Officer Class 2 Devonshire Regiment

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    Born 1870

    British Army Captain Reverend Royal Army Chaplains' Department attached British West Indies Regiment 9th Battalion

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    British Army

    British Army Second Lieutenant British West Indies Regiment 6th Battalion