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National Army Museum
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  • Chelsea, London

Caribbean

Soldiers of the British West Indies Regiment, c1916

Soldiers of the British West Indies Regiment, c1916
Exhibition

19 May - 31 October 2021

West Indian Soldier

This 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.

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Helmet plate, officer, 1st West India Regiment, c1880

The West India Regiments

Raised in the 1790s to defend Britain's Caribbean colonies, the West India Regiments fought as infantry in several campaigns. They remained a part of the British Army until disbandment in 1927.

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Soldiers of the British West Indies Regiment, c1916
Exhibition

19 May - 31 October 2021

FREE

West Indian Soldier

Discover the shared military heritage between the UK and the Caribbean in this special exhibition exploring the role of West Indian soldiers in the British Army.

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A private of the 8th West India Regiment, c1803
Talk

6 August 2021, 12.00pm

FREE

Establishing the West India Regiments

Professor David Lambert discusses the establishment of the West India Regiments and explores the debates that surrounded their formation.

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Members of the British West Indies Regiment watching aircraft, 1918
Discussion

25 August 2021, 7.00pm

FREE

Climbing the Ranks: West Indian Soldiers of the First World War

Discover how soldiers of Caribbean origin, including those serving with the British West Indies Regiment, experienced the First World War.

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3rd West India Regiment fire on French troops, Les Saintes, 1809
Talk

17 September 2021, 12.00pm

FREE

The West India Regiments in the Napoleonic Wars

Join David Wells as he explores the service of the West India Regiments in Britain’s early 19th-century military campaigns against France and America.

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Explore Caribbean learning resources

Soldiers of the British West Indies Regiment, France, 1916
Timeline

KS3-KS4 (Ages 11 to 16)

West Indian Soldier: Interactive Timeline

Explore the history of Caribbean people in the British Army, and of the British Army in the Caribbean, through an interactive timeline.

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"First time @NAM_London today. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought the presentation & interpretation made the subject accessible..."