African & Caribbean War Memorial

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This photograph is of the temporary installation of the African & Caribbean War Veterans Memorial Monument at the Black Cultural Archives, on 11 November 2014 - the year of the centenary of the First World War.  
At 11 minutes past 11 o’clock, a two minute silence was observed on Brixton’s Windrush Square in south London.  No other commemoration for these Armed Forces Service Personnel was done in the UK during that entire year.

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On the 7th August 1914, three days after the declaration of war by Britain against Germany and its allies, a group of soldiers from the Gold Coast Regiment (Ghana) were making their way through German-controlled Togoland (West Africa) advancing towards the capital. En route, the regiment encountered a German patrol force which opened fire on them. Sergeant Alhaji Grunshi returned fire, and in doing so became the first soldier in the British forces to fire a shot at the start of World War One.

The contributions by millions of African and Caribbean Service Men and Women during both World Wars has remained unheralded. Many made the ultimate sacrifice for Britain, without receiving recognition for their service.  Films, books, television programmes, national commemorations, and the press tend to feature British, European, and American soldiers. There is no reference to African and Caribbean people having also fought in the world wars on behalf of the United Kingdom. Their contribution and their country's resources and expertise were invaluable to the British Armed Forces. This video gives a snapshot.  

"The Gold Coast Constabulary formed in 1890 was renamed the Gold Coast Regiment following the establishment of the West Africa Frontier Force under the direction of the colonial office of the British Government. The regiments raised a total of 5 battalions for service, one of which fired the first shot of any serving soldier in Britain’s armed forces during the first WW1”. 
His Excellency, Peter Kobina Taylor
Minister Counsellor, High Commission of Ghana

Many tens of thousands, of men and women from the commonwealth countries in  Africa and the Caribbean sacrificed their lives for the United Kingdom. We want to honour  these  brave men and women.


Merchant Navy and Royal Navy 
African & Caribbean Merchant Navy 1914 -1945
Nigerian Marine Department 1914 - 1918 
SS Mendi 1917
Trinidad Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve 1939 – 1945
African & Caribbean Royal Navy 1940 -1945 
African Carriers, Porters, & Labour Corps 
Over 2,000, 000 Men 1914 -1918
West African Frontier Force - 1914 - 1918
Gambia Regiment 
Gold Coast Regiment   
Nigeria Regiments 
Sierra Leone Regiment 

Military Service Campaigns 
Cameroon, East Africa, Togoland 

King’s African Rifles 
Central Africa Regiment 1914 - 1945 
Kenya Battalions 1914- 1945
Uganda Battalions 1914 - 1945 
Somaliland Camel Corps 1914 -1944 
Tanganyika Battalion 1917 - 1945

East Africa, Invasion of Madagascar, Middle East   
The British West Indies Regiments
British Guyana A Company 1915 - 1918
Trinidad & Tobago B Company 1915 - 1918
Trinidad & St Vincent C Company 1915 - 1918
Grenada & Barbados D Company 1915 - 1918                    

Additional drafts also came from the Bahamas, British Honduras, Grenada, Jamaica, the Leeward Islands, Bermuda, and St Lucia.

Sinai and Palestine  
African and Caribbean Air Crew and Ground Crew
Royal Flying Corps
RAF & Bomber Command 1917 – 1945
Royal West African Frontier Force 
81st & 82nd Division British Army 1941 – 1945 

East Africa and Burma 
West Indies Auxiliary Territorial Service 
Caribbean Women in British Army 1943 – 1945

Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps, the Bermuda Garrison Artillery, & the Militia Artillery of the Campaigns primarily in France

Caribbean Branch of the British Army 1944 -1945

African & Caribbean Military Service Personal of the Italian Campaign in Egypt  

And to All the Forgotten.........

The Unknown Soldiers 
Soldiers of African heritage have been part of British military history since Roman times. From the North African legion stationed at Hadrian’s Wall, to the formation of the West India Regiments in the 18th century. This fallen stone is in honour of those unknown soldiers who aided Great Britain, in both world wars, from sea to land and sky, until the arrival of the Windrush generation, and beyond.

The 2.5 ton monument was designed by the Nubian Jak Community Trust. Shaped in the form of two obelisks (one horizontal, to represent the fallen, and the other vertical, to represent their descendants), it was engraved and temporarily installed by project partner Madstone Ltd, who although yet to receive payment for their services, allowed the monument to be temporarily unveiled on Armistice Day 2014 by World War II Veteran, and Windrush Pioneer Sam King MBE.

The Nubian Jak Community Trust
 has responded to the needs of not only the citizens of African and Caribbean origin but all cultures living together in the United Kingdom, to know, acknowledge, and appreciate the contributions discussed on this page. It was founded by Jak Beula and is responsible for the award winning “edutainment” board game series “Nubian Jak”. The trade mark also includes a Harper Collins (NY) commissioned Book of World Facts, an educational academy, and the only national BME plaque and sculpture scheme in the UK and Europe. For more about the plaques visit 

Support for this Memorial has come from:
Several Caribbean and African Embassies and High Commissions
West Indian Association of Service of Personnel
The Black Cultural Archives
Madstone Ltd 
Heritage Lottery Foundation
Tilbury Docks
London Borough of Thurrock Council

TO DONATE - see below and choose an amount you wish to donate. We are offering a rewards, and we also acknowledge that you may want to donate for no reward.

Your contribution is vital to the success of this initiative, and we are grateful for your support. Love.


Twitter: @nubianjak


War Memorials abound around the UK and worldwide. 
Apart from the Commonwealth War Memorial located on the corner of Hyde Park on Constitution Hill, which honours soldiers from Africa, the Caribbean and the 5 countries on the Indian Subcontinent, there are no war memorials dedicated to African and Caribbean soldiers who served Britain in both World Wars. In fact there is not such a memorial in Europe at all. 


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Dear Supporter - Thank you again.

Here is an overview of African and Caribbean Memorial Launch events this week. We hope you can attend at least one event. There are 4 events in total, and 3 of them are FREE for you.


Be a part of History. This week sees the unveiling of the African and Caribbean War Memorial - in remembrance of the service men and women from the Commonwealth who served in World War I and World War II. There are many memorials - but NONE in Europe dedicated to fallen Afrian and Caribbean Soldiers until this one which will be permanently located in WINDRUSH SQUARE, Brixton, London.

Below is a list of all the associated events to which you are cordially invited.

Book Launch - 20th June 4pm (FREE)

Theatre Play - 21st June 6.30pm

Unveiling of the Memorial - 22nd June 2pm (FREE)

Remembered Concert - 22nd June 6.30pm

Have a blessed week.
Yours Sincerely,
The ACMemorial Team
Remembered, Celebration Concert
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Dear Supporter,

Complimentary Ticket Offer for Theatre event.
Special thanks once again for your donation to the African and Caribbean War Memorial. This week sees the culmination of years of hard work and fundraising - to see the unveiling of the African and Caribbean War Memorial in its permanent resting place at Windrush Square, Brixton, London.

On Wednesday 21st June, 6.30pm - 9pm @ Paul Robeson Theatre, Hounslow Arts Centre, 24 High Street, Hounslow, there will be a play performed to commemorate the War Memorial. It will be an interactive and fun event for all the family. To book your space, please visit

The African & Caribbean Memorial Theatre event - 'REMEMBERED is not to be missed.

As contributors to the ACMemorial Fund, you are offered FREE guest tickets to attend the event.

For more information, please visit

Feel free to contact AC MEMORIAL via email

Thank you.
Yours Sincerely
The AC Memorial Team
Remembered - The Play 21 June, 2017
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Have you donated to this memorial fund? If so, please email with "Donor" in the Subject line, for an update about the memorial obelisks.

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"I don't think we are being recognized for our contribution; and many young people don't realize that West Indians volunteered during the war, fought, and died. But WE JUST CARRY ON"
Sam King, Ground Crew Engineer RAF 1944, & former Mayor of Southwark "Fighting for King & Empire" BBC
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Dawn grant
40 months ago

thank you.

Ernest Hepworth
40 months ago

Most deserving of our remembrance

Claire Shepherd
40 months ago

A very worthy cause taken up by Jak, an outstanding achiever and 'mover'.

40 months ago

There is no greater reward than achieving success through one's own efforts.

Lorraine Green
40 months ago

A worthy cause

carol stewart
40 months ago

Pray this helps towards your goal x

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