11TH NOVEMBER 2018 : WIINDRUSH SQUARE, LONDON, SW2 1EF
When 19 year Gavrilo Princip shot the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, on June 28th 1914, he had no idea he was about to unleash a war which would result in 20 million dead and over 20 million wounded.
Europe’s First World War brought its colonial allies also into the conflict, with a great deal of the theatre happening on the continent of Africa. On 7th August 1914, at a factory in Nuatja, near Lomé. Regimental Sergent Major Alhaji Grunshi, of the Gold Coast Regiment, became the first British soldier to fire a shot in the War, when returning fire at a German-Led police force. This marked the start of World War l for Britain.
It has been estimated that over 2 million African and Caribbean Military Personnel lost their lives during the conflicts of both World Wars.
Marking 100 years since World War l ended, on the 11th November 2018, the Nubian Jak Community Trust will remember all the African and Caribbean Men and Women of both World Wars, with a special Remembrance Armistice Day Parade at The African and Caribbean War Memorial in Windrush Square, Brixton.
This year’s Remembrance Sunday parade, which falls on Armistice Day, will start with African Drumming followed by Religious prayers and a Libation. There will be speeches from High Commissioners, Veterans, Military Personnel, and special guests.
A Minute’s Silence will be observed before the Last Post and Wreath Laying. This will be followed by a Military March past the African and Caribbean War Memorial, finishing up with a Bronze Plaque Unveiling.
The Remembrance Armistice Day ceremony will also include a special tribute to Walter Tull, who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country two months before Britain’s involvement in WWI came to an end.
Councillor Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth Council said: “We rightly remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and laid down their lives for freedom, particularly this year, on the centenary of the end of the First World War. But, too often, the sacrifices made by the two million African and Caribbean servicemen and women who served in the two world wars have been forgotten, ignored or disregarded.
We were honoured and delighted to welcome the African and Caribbean War Memorial in our borough, as a long-overdue recognition of those sacrifices. The Remembrance Armistice Day Parade will underline our gratitude for the profound contribution our African and Caribbean communities have made to Lambeth and the defence of our nation – and continue to make to this day.”
Dr Jak Beula, CEO/Founder of Nubian Jak Community Trust said: “One of the positive consequences of the last 4 years commemorating WWI has been the African and Caribbean contributions to Britain’s military successes better know. We still have some way to go before the totality and consequences are better known, but the Genie is out of the bottle.”
Major Dan Staples, Officer Commanding 253 Provost Company, 4 Regiment Royal Military Police, Brixton Army said: “This extraordinary Remembrance Day marking 100 years since the end of the First World War provides us with an opportunity to remember those men and women who have given their lives in conflicts across the world and also to take time to consider what this means to us both as individuals and as a community.
It is a real honour, as Brixton’s Army Reserve unit to be able to join with the community today in Windrush Square and remember those African and Caribbean men and women who have given their lives in both World Wars and around the world since 1945.”
Professor Gus John said: “There is a poignancy about our commemoration this year of service personnel from Africa and its Diaspora who gave active service and supported the war effort in myriad ways in both World Wars. Those who survived both wars were confronted by widespread racial discrimination and denial of civil liberties and human rights, while the ultimate sacrifice made by those who perished was written out of the history and iconography of the Wars. 100 years after the 1st World War and 70 years after the Second, Britain is struggling to extricate itself from its union with Europe, with no regard for the impact of that upon the 8 million citizens in the UK who are descendants of those who fought in both World Wars and upon their countries of origin. The Armistice Day Parade both honours the African War dead and reminds Britain of the purpose for which they died.”
Garry Stewart, Director Recognize Black Heritage & Culture said: “As we mark the closing of the centenary, we must pay our respects to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice, on and off the battlefields. The stories of our African and Caribbean soldiers must never be forgotten. We have a duty to maintain the legacy of our forefathers and it is imperative to remember that all of those who served, served for us all.“
When: 11th November 2018
Time: 12:50 – 14:00
Where: African and Caribbean War Memorial, Windrush Square, Brixton, London, SW2 1EF
After the Official Ceremony on Windrush Square, Deputy Mayor Councillor Ibrahim Dogus (The Deputy Mayor of Lambeth) will welcome Veterans and their families to a Dinner and Medal Awards Ceremony in Brixton Town Hall. There will be speeches from a number of guest speakers followed by a Medal Ceremony ending with a play about Walter Tull.
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