Bajans At War: Some Came Home, Many Didn’t

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Bajans and other Caribbean warriors were there. May God bless them all. Here are a few items that I found on the net about Bajan Warriors during World War II…

See our article: D-Day in Normandy – Barbados Connections

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12 responses to “Bajans At War: Some Came Home, Many Didn’t

  1. iMonz

    Serving soldiers horrifically injured in the Iraq and Afghan conflicts have been refused permission to join today’s main Remembrance Day parade, prompting angry accusations that the government is ‘ashamed’ to have them seen in public.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/military/story/0,,2209307,00.html

  2. John

    The second world war started in 1939, two years after the riots.

    The riots are often portrayed as a balck white issue by politicians and others seeking to divide Bajans.

    … and yet within two years of the riots Bajans of all colours volunteered to serve their King and country!

    Many died.

    There is a picture in the book by Peter Morgan on Erroll Barrow of 12 young Bajans, Erroll Barrow included, who volunteered for service after the Battle of Britain. Britain had lost many pilots and called for volunteers.

    Bajans had volunteered for duty from the outset in 1939 and Erroll Barrow and the eleven other men were the first contingent to answer the call of duty after the losses in the Battle of Britain during the summer of 1940.

    The picture contained all colours.

    Six of those twelve men never returned. Some were dead within a year. They are buried in various parts of the world.

    I recall from the caption that one of the dead was the father of Profesor “Mickey” Walrond and another was the brother of David Cuke, now deceased, of Coopers and Lybrand.

  3. Sundowner

    iMonz- I think it is very sad that serving soldiers cannot take place. I know the ceremony is to remember those who died in the 1st & 2nd world wars and subsequent wars, but these men & women are suffering now & must also not be forgotten.

  4. de gap

    “For king and country”

    Yes “we were there” and we should never let anyone forget it!

  5. reality check

    “Serving soldiers horrifically injured in the Iraq and Afghan conflicts have been refused permission to join today’s main Remembrance Day parade”

    This is just plain wrong.

    A veteran doesn’t and shouldn’t become a veteran as of a certain date in time. Surely they are a veterans when they finish their period of service and deserve full recognition that they have served their country faithfully and usually at great risk.

    Full stop.

  6. Sing-a-song

    Many Europeans would have it that Africans and West Indians did little to help defeat fascism. See the following BBC story:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8344170.stm

  7. FLY TRAP

    “May God bless them all.” A rubbish statement that’s poetic, a great way to end a speech — while meaning nothing at all…

  8. Rumboy

    To Fly Trap –
    I guess the closest you have ever come to combat is your television. ‘ May God bless them all ‘ in my opinion is a way of showing them respect for the ultimate sacrifice they made. It means everything to those who have lost loved ones then and now. Have a super day and may God bless you.

  9. Some Came Back

    Soldier who in battle fought
    Overcame the enemy but some did not
    My heart goes out to them all
    Enemies they fought were big and small

    Cause those who returned from the war zone
    Are still fighting battles of their own
    Mind wars that disturb their sleep at night
    Enemies who show up to continue the fight

    Body parts missing and dysfunctional too
    Are constant small enemies with battles new
    Courageous soldiers who died and Some Came Back living in dismay
    Keeps reminding me why I support with a red poppy on Remembrance Day!

    Another Acrostic poem
    From The Bajan Poetry Society

  10. sad very sad

    A war that black people should not have fought

  11. Straight talk

    SVS:

    and then as Pastor Niemoller predicted, your family and friends would eventually would be boiled to soap.

    When exactly do you stand up for human rights?

  12. Rumboy

    Kahaijdi – a very moving poem and to SVS – sad is right but tell me which war should ‘black people’ fight. svs you are one really sad individual. Of the 50 thousand plus names on the wall in DC they are many names of black soldiers who gave their lives for a country in which they could not even register a vote but they did and courageously. Real sad you are.