Thursday, 3 April 2014

Lance Corporal McCollin Leekam, Trinidad Contingent, B.W.I. Regiment awarded Military Medal, 1918

Lance Corporal McCollin Leekam of Trinidad is awarded his medal in 1918 by Major General Sir E.W.C Chaytor (Photo: Clint Grant)


Lance Corporal T.M. Leekam, along with other volunteers of St. Mary's College, as depicted in the C.I.C. Annual 1919 "War Memorial Number", St. Mary's College of the Immaculate Conception, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Major [Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel] Arneaud de Boissière, British West Indies Regiment

Maj. [T./Lt:Col.]  Arneaud de Boissière

Mention in a Despatch of Maj. (T./Lt:Col.] W.H.A. de Boissière, 8th Bn., signed by Winston Churchill

A letter of farewell to Arneaud de Boissière from the villagers of Boissière Village, Maraval, Trinidad, a village on the de Boissière estate of Champs Elysées (1917)
The signatories of Boissière Village: Peter Lalbiharie, S.E.V. Madhoo (soldier), Gregson E. de Silva (soldier), Alfred Uriah (soldier), Felix Stewardt, Alexander Nancoo, Valleton Went (soldier), Simon Jack (soldier), Joseph Alphonse (soldier) and Allan Hinkson. (The soldiers would have been members of one of the earlier British West Indian Regiments, and might have seen service in the Boer War or in the Gambia.)
A letter of welcome to Arneaud de Boissière from the Immigration Department upon his return from serving in World War I in 1919. Identifiable signatories: ..., Cadiz, Lohun, Lohun 
Continuation of list of signatories to the 1919 letter. Identifiable signatories: Gopaul, Rajnauth, Morgan, Murali, Harriram, Murzanali, Bastien, Chittarsingh

Roll of Honour from the C.I.C. Annual 1919 "War Memorial Number", St. Mary's College of the Immaculate Conception, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. (Pte Carlos Pollonais, Lt. Gordon Burke, Surgeon-Lt. Roger Fortier, Rv. Fr. Henri Nouais, Lt. Jacques de Boissière, Lt. W. Schoener Miller, Sergeant Antoine Lota.) 

Lt. Neville Grell, Lt. Wilfred Bishop, Trooper Harold Knox, Surgeon Lt. Fernand de Verteuil, Pte. Oliver McLean, Pte. James Eversley, Lt. Cecil Scott

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

First Trinidad Contingent British West Indies Regiment Officers, World War I

Trinidadians flock to enlist at the start of the First World War. This photograph was taken in front of the Town Hall on Knox Street, Port of Spain, by Gregor Duruty in 1914.


Major ALLASTAIR MURRAY MCCULLOCH, —now Captain.
Capt. ALFRED ERNEST ALBERT HARRAGIN, —now Major (MC.)
Capt. ERNEST BOVELL CONNELL, —now 2nd Leut.
Capt. HERBERT JAMES LAWRENCE CAVENAUGH.
2nd Lieut. UALLEAN HAMISH MCU. GOODEN-CHISHOLM, now Lt. R.A.F.
2nd Lieut. ALEXANDER STURROCK LOWSON, —now Capt. and Adjt.
2nd Lieut. LEONARD RICHMOND WHEELER, —now Lieut.
2nd Lieut. ROBERT PHILIP JOHNSTON —now Captain.
2nd Lieut. EDWARD VIVIAN BYNOE, —now Lieut.
2nd Lieut. JOHN PATRICK THOMPSON —now Lt. (Ag. Capt. and Adjt.)
2nd Lieut. EDMUND RICHARD UCKFOLD, —now Lt. (attached RA.F.)
Surg.-Capt. Albert James Clarke.
ABDULA-Returned unfit.
ABRAHAM, HUBERT BERTIE …DIED 23rd October, 1918.
ACHE, LOUIS FELIX.
ADAMS, AUBREY-Sergeant. Wounded in thigh.
ADAMS, NORMAN A —Lance-Corporal, Egypt.
AKIE, HENRY-Returned Medically unfit.
ALEXANDER, LUCIEN …… Accidentally killed, 19th June, 1917.
ALEXANDER, HENRY CLAUDE —Returned Medically unfit.
ALEXANDER, ‘WILFRED —Lance Corporal.
ALLEN, JOSEPH. ALLI, SIRDAR —Returned unfit.
ALLICK, JAMES.
ALLUM, CHARLES RAMSEY.
ANDERSON, CHARLES —sent back from England.
ANDREWS, JAMES.
ANDREWS, STEDMAN.
ANTOINE, CANA.
ANTOINE, FORTUNE.
ANTOINE, PETER.
ANTOINE, SAMUEL.
ARNEAUD, EMANUEL —C. Co., 1st Batt. B.M.E.F.
ASH, JAMES.
ASHBY FITZ CLARENCE —Corpl. Mesopotamia, Acting Quarter-Master.
ASHBY, LAWRENCE.
ASSAI, JAMES
ALBERT. AUSTIN, FRANK …DIED 12th October, 1918.
AUSTIN, HENRY AUGUSTUS.
AUSTIN, JAMES
BABB, EDWARD —Machine Gunner.
BAGWANSINGH —Returned from England.
BALWANT —Returned unfit.
BAPTISTE, ANDREW DE VIRE.
BAPTISTE, EVANS.
BAPTISTE, FREDERICK MOSES.
BAPTISTE, JERRY A. —Lance Corporal, Egypt.
BARNEU, GEORGE.
BARNWELL, ADOLPHUS ERNEST —Sergeant, Egypt.
BARROW, HEADLEY.
BARTHOLOMEW, WESLEY —Returned Medically unfit.
BASTIEN, JOHN. BEHARRY, LAL —Returned unfit.
BENJAMIN, REZY.
BERNARD, NORMAN. BERTETE, HENRY —Private, Egypt. BHOLAH —Returned unfit.
BHOORISINGH —Returned unfit.
BISHOP, DELSON.
BLENMAN, GEORGE WILBERT.
BLENMAN, HUBERT —Returned Medically unfit.
BOBB, ARTHUR.
BOMARSINGH —Returned unfit.
BONNETT, AARON … DIED 27th April,1916.
BOUCAUD, JOHN —Returned Medically unfit.
BOYD, HENRY…DIED October (?) 1918.
BRACKENREED, JAMES-Sergeant, E.E.F. Egypt.
BRATHWAITE, MALCOLM ATHELSTAIN… DIED October (?) 1918.
BRATHWAITE, NATHANIEL.
BRATHWAITE, THEODORE.
BRIDGEWATER, URIAS —Drummer, O. Co., 1st Sew. Battalion.
BRIGGS, GEORGE HUBERT AUGUSTUS.
BROWNE, LEONARD FITZGERALD…DIED 19th August, 1918, Italy.
BRUCE, JAMES DOLLY —Signalling Sergt. B. Co., 1st Bat. M.E.F. Egypt.
BRYAN, CHARLES ISIDORE —Lce-Cpl. Served Ger. E.A.F. Invalided Egypt
BUDALOOSINGH —Returned unfit.
BUNTIN, ALFRED WASHINGTON…DIED 13th January, 1919.
BURKE, FRANCIS ALBERT.
BURNETE, JOSEPH NATHANIEL HERBERT
BYNOE, FRANCIS.
CAESAR, WALTER.
CAINS, FITZ HERBERT… DIED 4thJanary, 1916
CALLAN, SILENCE —Returned unfit.
CAMPBELL NEWTON —Gr. No. 3, Armd Tm. E.E.T. Egypt.
CALLENDER, LUTHER JAMES.
CALLENDER, SCIPIO AUGUSTUS —Corporal, fought German E. Africa.
CALLISTE, JONIAS —Returned Medically unfit.
CAMPBELL, LEONARD JAMES —Accidentally Wounded 17th April, 1918.
CAMPBELL, WALTER.
CARRIDGE, NATHANIEL
CHARLES. CARTER, DOUGLAS —Returned Medically unfit.
CASIMIR, PHILIP —Returned Medically unfit.
CASSIDY, PATRICK JOHN-Sergeant, E.E.F., Egypt.
CATO, JOHN LOUIS —Private E.E.F.
CHAPMAN, ARTHUR MALCOLM.
CHARLES, JAMES NATHANIEL.
CHARLES ROBERT.
CLARKE, MILTON —No. 1 Platoon.
CLARKE, RUFUS ADOLPHUS.
CLEMENTS, JAMES WILLIAM —Returned Medically unfit.
CUFFIE, JOSEPH ALEXANDER —Returned Medically unfit.
COLLINS, VINCENT —Returned Medically unfit.
COURTENAY, CORNELIUS WILLIAM.
CROOKS, JAMES EGBERT YEATES.
CROUCHE, ALEXANDER CYRIL.
DADAM CHRISTOPHER.
DALLOO —Returned unfit.
DALRYMPLE, GEORGE SAMUEL
DALY, CHARLES.
DANIEL, GEORGE ALEXANDER.
DANIEL, HORATIO.
DARLINGTON, ALBERT PRINCE.
DARMANTE, EMANUEL —Returned Medically unfit.
DEARE, SAMUEL.
DEDIER, RICHARD.
DEFOE, BINU.
DELANEY, REGINALD.
DERRELL, EGBERT.
DERRICK, ALFRED.
DE CRAY, MCFIELD.
DE GANNES, ALBERT HUGH-Corporal, EA.E.F.
DE PAIVA, ANTONIO.
DE SILVA, RAYMOND —Returned Medically unfit.
DES VIGNES, JAMES ARTHUR-Lce.-Cpl …DIED 29th October, 1918.
DES VIGNES, JAMES RAYMOND —Corporal, Egypt.
DICK, GEORGE ALEXANDER —Pt. Awarded MILITARY MEDAL, 1918.
DICKSON, ERNEST.
DILLON, JOSEPHUS THOMAS-Sgt. Dispenser 3rd Ser. Batt., B.F..F. France.
DILLON, LEOPOLD.
DONALDSON, THOMAS ARMSTRONG.
DOOKAL —Returned unfit.
DORSET, HENRY JOHN.
DORSETT, JOHN EDWARD.
DOS SANTOS, ALAN PERCY CARLYLE —Sergt. Egypt, now Mesopotamia.
DOS SANTOS, JOSEPH —Pte. B. Co., 6th Platoon, 1st Serv. Bat., E.E.F.
DOUGLAS, WALTER.
DRAYTON, PHILIP WILLIAM.
DUKE, NATHAN.
DUNCAN, LAWRENCE.
DURIEUX, HUGH.
DYALL, VICTOR LEOPOLD —Private I. Co., E.E.F., Egypt.
EASTMAN, EDWIN.
EDGAR, EVANS.
EVANS, EDWARD —Capt. 6th Battn., B.W.I.R., Flanders.
EVERSLEY, DIAMOND.
FELIX, SYLVESTRE.
FENWICK, ALDFRED —Lance-Corpl. C. Co., 1st Serv. Batt., Egypt.
FERNANDEZ, JOSEPH.
FLEMMING, WILFRED.
FLYNN, PETER PAUL.
FORTUNE, JOSIAH.
FOX, MATTHEW WALTER.
FRANCIS ARTHUR
FRANCIS EMANUEL
FRANCIS WILSON.
FRANCOIS, PERCY DILLON —Lance Corporal.
FRANCOIS, ST. HILL.
FRANCOIS, THEODORE AUGUSTUS —Sergt. B. co., 1st Serv. Batt., Egypt.
FRASER, AUGUSTUS.
GAJADHAR, PAUL OLIVER —Returned Medically unfit.
GEORGE, BENTLEY.
GEORGE, PHILLIP.
GEORGE, SEIFORT —Returned Medically unfit.
GIBARO, ALEXANDER.
GILKES, ROBERT.
GITTENS, JOSHUA.
GLAUDE, CLEOPHUS MATHEW.
GONSALVES, ARTHUR (or GAFFOOR) —Returned unfit.
GONZALES, BERTIE ANTHONY ETHELBERT.
GONZALES, FREDERICK —Corporal, Egypt.
GOULD, GEORGE ANTHONY.
GRAINGER, URIAS PHILLIP.
GRANT, DANIEL
GRAVES, FITZ STEPHEN MAURICE.
GREENIDGE, JOSEPH BENJAMIN.
GRIFFITH, ALONZO.
GRIFFITH, BANIFIELD BERNARD CECIL —Corpi. B. Co., Egypt.
GRIFFITH, FRANCIS SAMUEL —Sergeant Farrier, Egypt.
GUDGRAJ, JOHN —Returned Medically unfit.
HAMILTON, MORRIS DONALD IFIL.
HARLEY, AUGUSTUS CHAPMAN —Corpl. B. Co., 1st Serv. Batt., Egypt.
HARPER, CLAUDE WALLACE —Sergeant, Egypt.
HARRINGTON, LLOYD GUSTON.
HARRIS, CHARLES HENRY.
HARRIS, REYNOLD SYLVESTRE.
HARRISON, LESLIE. HARRY, THEOPHILUS.
HENDY, HAYNES O’CONNELL —Sergt. E.E.F., Palestine.
HENLEY, HENRY ADOLPHUS —Returned Medically unfit.
HENRY, RENE NORMAN —Returned Medically unfit.
HERBERT, ALDFRED.
HERISSON, MELVILLE —Sergeant, Egypt.
HILLS, CALVERT.
HINDS, ROBERT.
HOLDER, CECIL FREDERICK.
HOLDER, THEOPHILUS DUDLEY.
HOOSAMBOCUS —Returned unfit. JOOSEIN, JAFFUR —Returned unfit.
HOYTE, GEORGE —Sent back for Misconduct.
HUMPHREY, BERKELEY.
HYNDMAN, CHRISTOPHER ADLOPHUS —Military Medal, 7/11/17.
HYPOUTE, PATRICK FLEMMING.
ISAAC, RANDOLPH. ISON, GILBY.
ISURA —Returned unfit.
JACKSON, MICHAEL —Private, Egypt.
JACOB, ADOLPHUS WILLIAM.
JACOBS, GEORGE HAMILTON …DIED January, 1916.
JACOB, SAMUEL.
JAMES, CHARLES MONTGOMERY.
JAMES, LUCIEN.
JAMES, THOMAS.
JAMES, WILLIAM. HEREMIAH, LEO DIED 12th October, 1918.
JOACHIM, ALFRED JAMES —Sergeant, Egypt.
JOAQUIN, ARTHUR ALFRED —RE. Mtd. Linesman Southern Canal Div.
JOEFIELD, O’CONNELL.
JOHN, CHARLES.
JOHN, ENOCH.
JOHNSTON, SYLVESTRE —Returned Medically unfit.
JONES, PERCY.
JOSEPH, ADOLPHUS ALISTER.
JOSEPH, ADOLPHUS THOMAS.
JOSEPH AUGUSTUS.
JOSEPH, MILFORD. KARIM, ABDOOL —Returned unfit.
KHAN OMEER —Returned unfit.
KHAN, NAGIR —Returned unfit.
KNIGHT, EDMUND.
KNIGHTS, JAMES NATHANIEL.
KUNDKNSINGH —Returned unfit.
LAGUERRE, EDWARD.
LAKE, LIONEL WHARTON —Sergeant, Egypt.
LAMOREL, HUBERT.
LANG, EVANS SAMUEL… DIED 4th June, 1918.
LA ROSA, FRANCIS DE SALES.
LAWRENCE, OSCAR ADOLPHUS.
LAYNE, ALBERT.
LAYNE, CHARLES LETCHMERE.
LEDEE, DONALD.
LEEKHAM, THEODORE MCCOLUN —Ag. Corpl. Military Medal.
LE GENDRE, LAWRENCE.
LENARD, HUGH.
 LEWIS, HERBERT.
LEWIS, RICHARD.
LIGERTWOOD, JAMES.
LINDSAY, DANIEL
LING, PHILIP —Returned Medically unfit.
LOGAN, THOMAS ALEXANDER.
LONDEA, HYPOLITE.
LORD, NORMAN ST. CLAIR.
LOWDIN —Returned unfit.
LUCAS, FELIX ALEXIS.
LUCES, MARIANO EGNACIO —Private Egypt.
LYNCH, ALBERT AUGUSTUS.
MACINTOSH ANDREW (‘Toby’) —Sergeant, German East Africa.
MAHASTE, JOHN.
MAHOMED, JOHN —Returned unfit.
MAHOMED, OMEER —Returned unfit.
MAHOMMED, DIN —Returned unfit.
MAINGOT, FELIX.
MALONEY, SAMUEL.
MARCELLINE, LUCOVIC.
MARQUES, LOUIS —Returned Medically unfit.
MARSHALL, ALLAN ALEXANDER —Gnr. 1st Serv. Bat., B. Co., Palestine.
MARTIN, CHARLES.
MARTIN, MARTIN WILLIAM.
MATHEW, THOMAS —Returned Medically unfit.
MAUGE, JOHN CECIL —Returned Medically unfit.
MAUGHN, JOSEPH.
MAXWELL, STEADY —Private Signaller E.E.F.
MAYERS, LAURIE PHILIP ARGON.
MEOSA, CELESTINO.
MERGER, HERMANS.
MILLER, SAMUEL
MITCHELL, HEZEKIAH.
MITCHELL, ROBINSON FRANCIS —Pte. 1st Battn. E.A.E.F., East Africa.
MODESTE, SHULE.
MOOLEA —Returned unfit.
MOORE, BLANCHPIELD DAVID —Private, Egypt.
MOORE, JACOB BENJAMIN —Returned Medically unfit.
MORALDO, JAMES ANTONIO… DIED 18th February, 1916.
MORGAN, JOHN… DIED December, 1917.
MORRIS, NATHANIEL FITZROY —Pte. E.E.P., Palestine.
MOSES, MANUEL.
MOSES, THOMAS.
MOTELEY, JAMES GEORGE.
McCOY, FITZGERALD.
McDONALD, JOHN
McINTOSH McINTOSH, CEDRIC.
McINTOSH, JAMES
McINTOSH, MARTIN ADOLPHUS.
McKENZIE, EDGAR.
McKIE, EDWARD.
McLEOD, JAMES.
NATHAN, WELLINGTON.
NATHANIEL, JAMES.
NELSON, EDWARD.
NELSON, JOSEPH.
NEVISON, HENRY.
NEWALLO, CLIFFORD.
NIMBLETT, NORMAN.
NOREIGA, LOUIS.
OKEIFFE, HUGH FORESTER.
OMETTA, ARCHIE.
OXLEY, JOSEPH —Returned Medically unfit.
PANTIN, JOEL.
PARKER, JOHN BADCOCK —Returned Medically unfit.
PARKS, JAMES.
PARRIS, BERESFORD GILBANKS.
PARRIS, CHARLES CYRIL ST. CLAIR.
PARRIS, JACOB.
PARRIS, THEOPHILUS.
PARRIS, THEOPHILUS JOSHUA.
PAUL, WHITFIELD —Returned Medically unfit.
PAYNE, EBENEZER WILFRED.
PAYNE, JONATHAN —Returned Medically unfit.
PENA, CHARLES OSWALD —Sergt. B. Co., 1st. Serv. Batt., Egypt.
PENA, NIA-M.
PERRY, SAMUEL.
PETERS, ARCHIBALD… DIED 17th February, 1916.
PETERS, CADMAN.
PHILLIPS, NATHANIEL… DIED 9th November, 1915.
PHILLIPS, NATHANIEL —Returned Medically unfit.
PHILLIPS, OLIVER —Returned Medically unfit.
PIERRE, ALBERT FREDERICK ERNEST —Sergeant, Egypt.
PIERRE, ALSTON.
PIERRE, LAWRENCE.
PILLAY NADARAJAH —Returned unfit.
PINDER, EDMUND… DIED 23rd March, 1917. PINTO, JOHN BAPTISTE.
POLLONAIS, ALBERT LIONEL —Company Sergeant-Major.
PROVIDENCE, JAMES —Returned Medically unfit.
PRENTICE, MOSES… DIED 28th November, 1916.
PURCELL, ALEXANDER CRESS.
RAHAMAN, ABDOOL —Returned unfit.
RAM, OUDA —Returned unfit.
RAMNATH —Returned unfit.
RAMSAY RUFUS ADOLPHUS.
RATMAH —Returned unfit.
RAWLINS, RONALD
ROWLAND RODERICK —Sergt. E.E.F., Egypt.
REID, LOUIS-Corpl… DIED 26th December, 1918.
REGIS, EGBERT.
RENNES, EDWARD.
RICHARDS, FITZ HERBERT.
RILEY, BENJAMIN.
ROACH, FREDERICK LANCELOT —Corporal, 1st Battn., E.E.F.
ROBERTS, CHARLES. ROBERTS, NEVILLE.
ROBERTSON, FREDERICK WILLIAM —Returned Medically unfit.
ROMNEY, THOMAS SOLOMON —Sergeant.
ROSTANT, ANDRE —Reported a deserter in Egypt.
ROSTANT, EMANUEL EVAN.
ROSTER, CHARLES.
RUBIN, FELIX.
RUDOLFO, JOSEPH.
RUDOLFO, PHILIP EMANUEL.
RUSSELL, EDMUND EDWARD —Corpi. B. Co., 1st Battn., E.E.F., Egypt.
SAHALU —Returned unfit.
SAMPSON, JONATHAN.
SAMUEL, ALBERT.
SAMUEL, ALBERT.
SAMUEL, THEOPHILUS-CORPORAL, E.E.F.
SAMUEL, JOSEPH.
SAROOPRACHPAUL.
SAVARY, LIONEL… DIED 3rd September, 1917.
SCHOON, THOMAS BEGGS.
SCOTT, ARTHUR.
SCOTT, MOSES.
SEALES, JOSEPH SLOAN.
SUBLAL —Returned unfit.
SERRANO, JOSEPH.
SHERIFF, JOHN MILFORD.
SHURLAND, CLIFFORD ALEXANDER.
SIMON, CHARLES
SIMEON, JOHN GARNET.
SIMMONS, CHARLES.
SINGH, DOUG —Returned unfit.
SKEETE, ZADOK —Private, Egypt.
SMALL, RAPHAEL ARTHUR —Gunner, I Co., 1st Batt., B.E.A.RF.
SMALL, SIMEON.
SMITH, JOSEPH EMMANUEL… DIED 18th August, 1918.
SOBERS, ALEXANDER.
SOLOMON, ALEXANDER… DIED 10th October, 1918.
SONGSTER, JAMES LEICESTER
SONGSTER, SAMUEL… DIED 12th November, 1916.
SOOGANSINGH —Returned unfit.
SOOJATTKHAN —Returned unfit.
STANFORD, REGINALD ADOLPHUS —Returned Medically unfit.
STEPHEN, JOSEPH.
STEPHEN, LUCIEN… DIED 27th December, 1915.
STERLING, VINCENT MATHIAS.
STEWART, AMBROSE —Returned Medically unfit.
ST. CLAIR, McKAY —Returned Medically unfit.
ST. LOUIS, O’CONAL
SULTANTSINGH-Returned unfit.
SUTTON, WILMOT ARTHUR.
TAITT, MARTIN LUTHER.
TEIJMUL, JOSEPH-Returned unfit.
TELESFORD, JOSEPH LOUIS.
THOMAS, ABRAHAM.
THOMAS, JAMES.
THOMAS, JOSEPH.
THOMAS, JOSEPH MICHAEL.
THOMAS, MARTIN LUTHER.
THOMAS, RALPH CALAPHAS-Pte. 1st Battn., Egypt.
THOMAS, THEOPHILUS GERMANS.
THOMAS, WILFRED.
THOMPSON, ALFRED WILLIAM.
TITRE, HARRY AUGUSTUS.
TORAILLE, FELIX CHARLES-Returned Medically unfit.
TOTA —Returned Medically unfit.
TOUSSAINT, BERNARD RANDOLPH.
TROTMAN, CHARLES EMANUEL
TROTMAN, ELIAS ALEXANDER JOSEPHUS.
TURPIN, RICHARD —Lce-Cpl …Distinguished Conduct Medal
VALDEZ, ANDREW.
VALENTINE, ROBERT AUGUSTUS —Sergeant, Egypt.
VANDERPOOL, ALBERT —Returned Medically unfit.
VASCONCELLOS, JULES LOUIS —Lance-Corporal, Egypt.
VIALVA, EDIL.
WAITHE, JAMES JULIEN —Corpl. C. Co., 1st Serv. Battm., Palestine.
WALCOTT, O’DONNELL JOHN.
WALLACE, CHARLES.
WATSON, CHARLES LANCELOT —Returned Medically unfit.
WATSON, EDGAR NEVILLE —Lance-Cpl., Egypt-Now Ag. Co. Qtr. Mstr..
WEEKES, DUNCAN —Returned Medically unfit.
WILFORD, FRANCIS PERCY.
WILLIAMS, HAMILTON JOHN.
WILLIAMS, HENRY HAMILTON —Returned Medically unfit.
WILLIAMS, JAMES —Sent back for misconduct.
WILLIAMS, JAMES.
WILLIAMS, JOHN —Returned Medically unfit.
WILLIAMS, THOMAS.
WILLIAMS, THOMAS.
WOOD, FITZ HERBERT.
WORRELL, AUGUSTUS.
WORRELL, OSCAR LONGSFORD —Pte. B. Co., 1st Serv. Bat., BE. Africa.
WRIGHT, ADOLPHUS CHARLES… DIED 24th January, 1918.
WYNNE, JOSEPHUS.
YEARWOOD ALBERT.
YEARWOOD, CEPHAS.
YOUNG, JAMES.
ZOE, DONATION.

List of Silver War Badges awarded to Trinidadians serving in World War I


Presented to the following Returned N.C.O.’s and Men of the British West Indies Regiment, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, on Saturday 19th October, 1918, by the Commandant of the Local Forces, the Hon. Colonel G.H. May; V.D. (in the unavoidable absence of His Excellency, the Governor and Corrirnander-in-Chief).

Returned to Trinidad 3/11/1915. Ex. R.M.S. ‘Magdalena’
COLLINS, V.

Returned to Trinidad, 5/5/1916. Ex. S.S. ‘Siena’
MAUGE O.
CLEMENTS W.J.

Returned to Trinidad 26/8/1916. Ex S.S. ‘Europa’
BOUCAUD, J.
CALLAN, SILENCE,
CASIMIR, P.
COZIER, R.T.H.
DONAWA, R.
GABRIEL, U.
HENLEY, H.A.-Sergt.
MARK, WA.
MARQUES, L.
MOORE, J.B.
RICHARDSON, J.
TOTA.

Returned to Trinidad 22/9/1916
Ex. R.M.S. ‘Chaudiere’
BARTHOLOMEW, W.
BLENMAN, H.
CARTER, D.
DARMANIE, E.
HENRY, R.N.
HUSBANDS, H.
JOHNSON, S.
PAUL, W.
PAYNE, J.
PERKINS, MB.
PHILLIP, N.
PROVIDENCE, J.
ROBERTSON, F.W.
ST. CL&IR, McKAY
STANFORD, R.A.
TORAILLE, F.C.
WEEKES, D.

Returned to Trinidad, 8/12/1916. Ex. R.M.S. ‘Magdalena’
AKIE, H.
CLARKE, J.-Corporal
CUFFIE, JA.
DE SILVA, R.
DOTTIN, A. MCD.
LING, P-Lance-Corporal
MATHEW, T.
OXLEY, J.
PARKER, J.B.
PHILLIPS, 0.
STEWART, A.
WATSON, CL-Lance —Corporal

Returned to Trinidad, 3/7/1917. Ex. R.M.S. ‘Magdalena
ALEXANDER, H.C.
CALLENDER, C.
COLLYMORE, R.
LYNCH R.
MILLINGTRON, J.
VANDERPOOL, A.

Returned to Trinidad, 4/12/1917. Ex. R.M.S. ‘Magdalena
BENN, J.
CLARKE, C.
IA CAILLE, J.
LEWIS, H.
STIRLING, P.
GUMBS, J.

List of some French men from Trinidad who served in World War I



Dear Boys of Ours  

‘They would not have us weep, 
Dear boys of ours whom we have lost awhile. 
Rather they’d have us keep 
Brave looks, and lips that tremble to a smile. 
They would not have us grieve, 
Dear boys of ours whose valiant hearts are stilled; 
Nor would they have us leave 
OUR task undone; OUR service unfulfilled.’  

Roll of Honour 

AGOSTINI, HENRI —Brigadier to the 31st Regiment of Artillery, DIED in Hospital, 28th January, 1915. (War Cross). 
DUBANTON, MAXIME-ALBERT —Pte. to the 7th Regt. of Colonial Infantry. DIED in Hospital, 19th May, 1915. 
DECORI, DOMINIQUE —Private to the 8th Regiment of Colonial Infantry. KILLED in action at Manastir, 9th May, 1917. 
LIMONGI, JOSEPH-JEAN —Pte. to the 144th Regt. of Cavalry. KILLED in action at Craonne, 13th May, 1917. 
DRANGUET, GEORGES-LOUIS —Sub-Lieut. to the 92nd Regt. of Infantry. KILLED in action at Verdun, 23rd August, 1917. 
NOUAIS, HENRI-MARIE —Interpreter in the British Army. KILLED on the 4th February, 1918. Awarded War Cross Posthumously. 
BARIOU, ANTOINE-CLAUDIUS —Pupil Officer to the 358th Regt., of Infantry. KILLED in action 21st July, 1918, at Sept-Saulx. (War Cross.) 
LOTA, ANTOINE-JEAN-BAPTISTE —Sub-Ljeut, to the 59th Battn., of the Alpine Chasseurs. KILLED in action at Bois is Tournelle (Fére en Tardenois) 28th July, 1918. (War Cross.) 
FORTIER, JEAN ROGER —Auxiliary Doctor to the 152nd Regt. of Infantry. KILLED in action at Ostniewkerke (Belgium) on the 30th September, 1918. (War Cross).    


On Service

AGOSTINI, LOUIS-ANDRÉ —Quarter Master to the 31st Dragoons. 
AGOSTINI, MARIE-JOSEPH-FRANCOIS (alias ‘Frank’) —Sergt. Postman to the 4th Regt. of Zouaves. 
AGUTRRE, JEAN-BAPTISTE —Pte. to the 142nd Regt. of Infantry. 
ALBERT, PIERRE-CHARLES —Corpl. to the 11th Regt. of Foot Artillery. Trans. to 75th Regiment, and was in many battles on the Western front. In action at Verdun, and Fleury. Was GASSED once. Honoured as Marechal de Logis. Returned to Trinidad 28th February, 1919. 
ALBERT, VICTOR-HUGHES —Pte. to the 166th Regt. of Infantry. 
CARLIN, DURAND —Pte. to the 144th Regt. of Infanry. COLONNA, JEAN-MARIE —Pte. to the 7th Regt. of Artillery. 
CREMONE, ISRAEL —Pte. to a Regiment of Infantry. 
DICANOT, JULES —Pte. to the 129th Regt. of Infantry. 
DUMAR, TÉLESPHORE —Pte. to a Regiment of Infantry. 
FORTIER, ROGER —Auxiliary Doctor to the 152nd Regiment of Infantry. (War Cross.) 
JOAS, JUSTIN —Pte. to a Regiment of Infantry. 
LOTA, VICTOR —Auxiliary Doctor to the 4th Engineer Corps. (Was taken prisoner in Belgium and released). 
MAJANI, DOMINIQUE-ANDRÉ —Chauffeur, Section of Tractors of Heavy Artillery. 
MAJANI, JEAN —Pay-Sergt. to the 44th Regt. of Infantry. 
OLIVIERI, ANTOINE —Pte. to the 44th Regt. of Infantry. 
PALAZZI, JEAN-PIERRE-FÉLICIEN —Sergt. to the 69th Regt. of Infantry. (War Cross.) 
PERRIN, ALPHONSE —Sailor in the Mediterranean Sea Fleet. Returned to Trinidad, 28th February, 1919. 
PHELAN, JOSEPH-GREGORY —Sergt. to the 123rd Regt. of Infantry. Now Sub-Lieutenant. (War Cross). Left Trinidad 3rd August, 1914. 
PIERI, CHARLES-PHILIPPE —Pte. to the Corsican Regt. of Infantry. 
QUESNEL, ANDRÉ-ROBERT-MARIE-ALFRED —Quarter Master Interpreter in the British Army.-Awarded British Military Medal. 
QUESNEL, MAURICE-ROBERT-HENRI-GEORGES —Interpreter in the British Army. 
ROLLIN, PIERRE —Pte. to the 99th Regt. of Infantry. (War Cross). 
SAULNY, EUGENE —Pte. 23rd section of the Medical Corps. 
SOTER, CEUEN-FLORIUS —Pte. to the 129th Regiment of Infantry.


Taken from a publication that gave the ‘List of Public Contingents from Trinidad’. This material was made available to us by Gregor Duruty.  

List of some young women from Trinidad and Tobago serving abroad during the First World War


The following are but a few of the many representing Trinidad who were employed in the Great War:  

ALSTON, MILDRED —Refreshment Branch, War Work (Now Mrs. Martin).
ALSTON, WINIFRED —Red Cross Nurse.
ATKINSON, HAZEL —Ambulance Work, France.
ATKINSON, MAUD.
AUSTIN, MARIE ESTELLE BRUCE —Admiralty Office.
BRODIE, ALICE MAY —Red Cross Nurse.
GOODEN-CHISHOLM, MAIRI —Associate of the Baronness de T’serclases in the work of rendering First Aid to the wounded at Pervyse, and succouring Belgian soldiers in the trenches under shell fire.
CLARKE, MAY RADCLIFFE.
CLEMENS, Miss.
CORDER, GRACE —Acting Matron, Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Awarded the Royal Red Cross Decoration, 1st Class. (Assistant Matron Colonial Hospital, Trinidad).
DAVIDSON, GRACE —Red Cross Nurse, Edinburgh.
DICKSON, ISABEL RAEBURN —V.A.D., Darrel Hospital (Now Mrs. Taperell).
DOYLE, KATHLEEN —V.A.D., hospital near Regent’s Park.
ECCLES, WINIFRED.
FENWICK, STELLA —V.A.D. Hospital, Margate. Owing to frequency of bombs in that locality, this hospital was closed. She is now at Michie Hospital, Queensgate.
GREIG, DOROTHY —C.P.O. Women’s Royal Naval Service. Was 6 months at R.F.C., and 6 months at Tank Station. In charge of 22 cars and girls.
HARRAGIN, MAVIS —V.A.D., 3rd London General Hospital.
HAMEL-SMITH, MAY —V.A.D., London Hospital.
HAVELOCK, Mrs. E.W. —Red Cross Nurse.
HATT, EDNA —Steno-typist, Air Board, London.
HENDY, MAY EULALIE —V.A.D. Serving in St. John’s Red Cross Hospital, Great Malvern, Worcestershire, (England).
JEFFERS, AUDREY.
KNAGGS, RUTH —V.A.D., Cheltenham.
KNAGGS, BARBARA —Munition Worker, Newcastle.
KNAGGS, PHYLLIS —V.A.D., Cheltenham.
KNAGGS, HILDA —V.AD., Cheltenham.
LAMBIE, DORIS —Red Cross Nurse.
MARWOOD, FLORA.
MILLEE, ETHEL —V.A.D., Hospital, Aberdeen.
MUNN, MAUD A. —Red Cross Nurse. Died 1st December, 1918, U.S.A.
RAPSEY, GERTRUDE —Red Cross Nurse, London Hospital. (Now Mrs. Hird).
RUSSELL, Mrs. LEILA —One of three Adjudicators on Objectors to Active Service. (Other two being men).
SCOTT, SYBIL —Driver of Automobile at Naval Base.
SOLlS, MARIA —Red Cross Nurse, U.S.A.
TAYLOR, ElSIE —Red Cross Nurse.
THOMSON, GRETA —Red Cross Nurse, London.
THOMSON, MINNIE —Red Cross Nurse, London.
TOMUNSON, MAY.
WHARTON, MURIEL —Munition factory.
WHARTON, VIOLET —Red Cross Nurse.
WILSON, Mrs. TERTIUS —Refreshment Branch —refreshments to Returned Soldiers at Victoria Station.

Letter by Capt. A.A. Cipriani to Col. Dueros, 1914



October 27th, 1914
49 Marine Square,
Port of Spain.  


Colonel A. Dueros,  
Dear Sir,
Your notice in The Times asking Colonials who wish to join the Colours to write to you or to apply in person at the White City has attracted my attention. And there are many men of good physique and education in the Colony, and throughout the West Indies, who are eager and who will be proud to enlist. I called on Saturday last, the 24th instant, asking if you will accept a contingent from this place. l am awaiting your reply. It is necessary that I should fully explain the object of my cable and facts as they are in these parts.
Trinidad is an island, the most southern of the British West Indies; a reference to a map will show they are like stepping stones in the Caribbean. The population throughout is very mixed—white, black and all shades, from the weakest cafe-au-lait to the strongest black, East Indians, Chinese, etc.
Those willing to enlist are of the better class and educated. The cables and papers are read with avidity by them, and so far as West Indians are concerned, the addresses of Lord Kitchener, Messrs. Asquith, Churchill and Lloyd George will not be in vain if their respective local legislatures will but vote the pittance needed to get the men to the Old Country.
We are four thousand and some odd miles from the Old Country and the lowest fare is £17.10. A few men have left, and a few more are leaving on their own, but the majority cannot afford it.
I have little doubt that if the services of our men will be accepted by the War Office, our local Government, or public will see that they are sent to the Old Country.
West Indians have realised that it is a fight to a finish, that not only is the existence of the Mother Country at stake, but the very Empire, of which we are all proud to be apart. We should feel not only isolated, but slighted, if our services are declined when men are still wanted to keep the flag flying. In this Colony, at least 500 men between the ages of 20 and 40 can be mustered within a few days; men of education and good physique, and I have no doubt 4,000 similar men can be mustered throughout the West Indies in a short time. All we need is just the consent ‘Come along.’
In Major de Boissière, who was one of the contingent at the Diamond Jubilee of the late Queen Victoria and the late King Edward’s Coronation, and who has acted as A.D.C. to Her Highness Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein, we have a man who commands a following of all classes and colours. He has volunteered for service, but for some reason our Government will not grant him leave of absence. Our men are of no earthly use in these parts, as invasion is most improbable. Transatlantic Zeppelin flight has not yet been dreamt of and the enemy has no available transport, as their nearest possession is in Africa. We are bottled up here, but we are eager to get out to assist the Mother Country. If you would use your influence in getting our little lot taken into service, this Colony, and the West Indies, will be deeply grateful.

I beg to remain,
Faithfully yours,
ARTHUR A. CIPRIANI.