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Hidden Heroes of World War One



 Image Credit: AWAZ Cumbria

This series introduces some of the men of BME backgrounds who risked their lives for our freedom, during World War One, including:

  • The Carlisle schoolboy, born in Burma and studying Engineering at Glasgow University –his whole life ahead of him, only to have it cut brutally short during the Battle of Loos;
  • Three brothers from Kent whose grandfather had been enslaved in Barbados. One brother came home, and forged a professional career. One returned home but died just two years later. The third brother didn’t make it home at all;
  • The Joint World Champion Canadian sprinter who joined the Northumberland Fusiliers and served in France.

Some returned and many did not, but...

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

 From Robert Laurence Binyon’s poem, ‘For the Fallen.’  Published in The Times newspaper on 21 September 1914. 


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