Explore the history of Caribbean people in the British Army, and of the British Army in the Caribbean.
The West Indian Soldier exhibition, delivered in partnership with the West India Committee and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, highlights the little-known military heritage shared between the UK and the Caribbean. Our virtual exhibition tour for learners showcases a variety of sources, exploring three key topics from the exhibition narrative: slavery, the First World War and the Second World War.
Discover the links between the Army and slavery, through the story of the West India Regiments, founded in 1795. Explore the contributions of West Indians in the First World War. Learn about the experiences of the British West Indies Regiment, as well as West Indian soldiers in other Army regiments. Plus, uncover the stories of the West Indian women of the Auxiliary Territorial Service in the Second World War.