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They Also Served: Project Newsletter – Issue 1

Uncovering the experiences of African and Caribbean soldiers during WW1 Issue 1 – October 2016 Welcome to the first They Also Served newsletter! I hope that everyone had a good summer. This autumn I look forward to delivering some interesting workshops, presentations and screenings in the West Midlands. Please email me if you would like me to deliver any workshops at your venue! Project Launch: 14th July 2016 Many thanks to all of you who attended the project launch at the Library of Birmingham in July. We had a very good turnout, and it was great meeting so many...

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Research Chronicles: Brigadier General Leonard Shadwell Blackden

Researching the history of black soldiers is a constant source of fascination. I spend much of my time in reading rooms in archives in the South-East, looking for stories to recount of the campaigns these men were involved in, reading reports written by their commanding officers, and uncovering photographs of soldiers in action in Africa, France, Palestine and Egypt. It’s very satisfying work and I look forward to sharing this information in the talks and presentations I’m developing. This summer I received an email from the granddaughter of Brig. Gen. Leonard Shadwell Blackden, who was the commander of the...

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