Glenford Howe – Race War and Nationalism: A Social History of West Indians in the First World War (2002)
This work provides an account of the West Indian soldiers in World War I. It focuses on the processes and politics surrounding the participation of Blacks in the war, and reveals the daily problems of Army life for West Indian recruits, the internal intricacies of army administration, the functions performed by West Indian soldiers and their difficult experiences after the war.
Stephen Bourne – Black Poppies: Britain’s Black Community and the Great War (2014)
In 1914, there were at least 10,000 black Britons, many of African and West Indian heritage, fiercely loyal to their Mother Country. Despite being discouraged from serving in the British Army during World War I, men managed to join all branches of the armed forces, and black communities made a vital contribution, both on the front and at home. By 1918, it is estimated that the black population had trebled to 30,000, and after the war many black soldiers who had fought for Britain decided to make it their home. Black Poppies explores the military and civilian wartime experiences of these men and of women, from the trenches to the music hall. Poignantly, it concludes by examining the anti-black race riots of 1919 in cities like Cardiff and Liverpool, where black men came under attack from returning white soldiers who resented their presence, despite what they and their families had done for Britain during the war.