Jamaica War Memorial, 1922

This 1922 photograph shows the colonial authorities officially marking the sacrifice made by, in this case, Jamaican soldiers during the First World War. The Imperial War Graves commission took the hitherto unprecedented step of commemorating the deaths of all participants equally regardless of rank, colour or creed. In death, Caribbean soldiers had attained a level of equality that was denied them in life. More can be read about the work of the War Graves commission here.

Image courtesy of The National Archives



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by Stephen Luscombe