Info about the organisation

For many years, the contributions of African and Caribbean servicemen to the First World War has been largely forgotten and underexplored. The war’s centenary (2014-2019) has presented the opportunity to revisit this history, and to re-examine and rediscover African and Caribbean involvement. It is now recognised that the assistance and service of over 2 million Africans and 16,000 Caribbeans, not to mention the countless Black Britons that joined British regiments, made a considerable and significant impact in terms of manpower and resources. It means that the Great War was a multi-racial and multi-national war.

They Also Served will facilitate the following initiatives:

Lead workshops on how to research whether your ancestors served


Collect oral histories of people who have ancestors who served

Present workshops and presentations on different aspects of African and Caribbean involvement in WW1

Screenings of documentaries

We hope to accomplish the following outcomes:


Raise awareness among the black church membership and the wider community about African and Caribbean contribution to WW1

Produce a DVD and a booklet for dissemination

Teaching people how to research the history of their ancestors who served

To organise an event that celebrates the contributions of these men

To learn more about women’s contribution

To find out if any black men from the West Midlands enlisted

Produce a portable exhibition that can be displayed in schools, churches, libraries etc

We are keen to engage volunteers to assist in the following ways:

Filming of events

Explainers for the exhibition

(training given)

Blog writers

Please contact me if you would like me to facilitate and presentations/workshops for your organisation.