Fighting for Empire?

Jul 1, 2018 | News | 0 comments

Ansel Wong

How have Caribbean people’s contribution to Britain’s war efforts been commemorated?

Caribbean people have served and fought in Britain’s armed forces not only during both World Wars but for more than two hundred years. Yet, this contribution has not always been acknowledged or commemorated in the UK. This event aims to examine what recognition there has been – and what should be done.

A hundred years on from the First World War, we invite you to join us for an informal and participatory event. With contributions from artists, performers and others, this will explore both recent commemorative activities and possible future directions.

There will also be chance to visit the ‘Fighting for Empire’ display, currently part of the ‘London, Sugar & Slavery’ gallery at the Museum of London Docklands. This addresses the history of the West India Regiments, which were first raised in the Caribbean at the end of the eighteenth century and produced the first Caribbean soldier to win the Victoria Cross: Samuel Hodge. For details, please see:

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 14 July 2018 at the Museum of London Docklands.

For further information, please contact Melissa Bennett at

Please note that places are limited. Lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day.

Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the University of Warwick’s Humanities Research Fund as part of the ‘Africa’s Sons Under Arms’ project:



Museum of London Docklands
No. 1 Warehouse
West India Quay
E14 4AL


Saturday 14 July 2018
10:30am – 2:00pm



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