BLACKPOPPYROSE: TARANTO MUTINY 98th year Anniversary
Tony T & Rebecca from Sweet Patootee have worked long and hard in capturing the images and footage to create the extremely important preservation of the documentary 'Mutiny'.
These unheard narratives of Black soldiers who fought bravely for the mother country always titled 'Forgotten Histories', (which is an insult to the generations who are alive today) is an empowering account on their contributions to history. Sweet Patootee did not forget!
We WILL Remember
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Join our information packed afternoon:
Workshops for all ages, Screening of ‘Mutiny’ & Exhibitions
The British West Indies Regiment rose up against unfair treatment after World War I and were severely punished for it. Come and learn what happened during and after the war by Eugent Clarke & Gershom Brown pictured above and much more. (Pictures by Tony T - Sweet Patootee)
6th December 1918 the men of the 9th B.W.I.R Battalion revolted and attacked their officers. On the same day, 180 sergeants forwarded a petition to the Secretary of State highlighting the discrimination about the lack of pay increase, failure to increase their separation allowance, that they were being used to clean German & Italian latrines, and the discrimination against the areas of promotion.
During the mutiny, which lasted about four days, a black NCO shot and killed one of the mutineers in self-defence and there was also a bombing.
The 9th BWIR was disbanded and the men distributed to the other battalions which were all subsequently disarmed.
Approximately 60 soldiers were later tried for mutiny and those convicted received sentences ranging from three to five years, but one man got 20 years, while another was executed by firing squad. The BWIR itself was disbanded in 1921.
Come and learn more about what happened before and after the Mutiny
Recruitment of the British West Indies Regiment /The Halifax Incident /Seaford
Date and Time
West Indian Association of Service Personnel
165/167 Clapham Manor Street