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
Tuesday 6th December 1918 - 2016
The British West Indies Regiment rose up against unfair treatment after World War I and were severely punished for it.
We will be showing the documentary ‘Mutiny’ by Sweet Patootee which has documented servicemen such as Eugent Clarke & Gershom Brown pictured above who served in the British West Indies Regiment in WWI and much more.
Discover more about what the soldiers thoughts and historical information about what they have gone through.
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