The African Soldiers of the First World War – 11 November, 4pm

At 11am on the second Sunday in November, Britain holds Remembrance Sunday to commemorate its fallen soldiers. Up and down the country, crowds of people gather to pay their respects to those who fought at home and overseas. The soldiers who took part in the First and Second World Wars and other conflicts are widely recognised as heroes, people who fought for the freedom of their compatriots and fellow Europeans, and who hold a special place in our hearts.


Some British soldiers, however, do not receive the same amount of recognition as others. In this webinar, David Lammy and Professor Michèle Barrett will discuss the treatment and memorialisation of African soldiers after the First World War, and the campaign for them to receive the same level of recognition as their white counterparts.


The Rt. Hon. David Lammy MP is the Labour Member of Parliament for Tottenham. He has been the MP for his home constituency since 2000. Since entering Parliament, David served for nine years as a Minister in the Blair and Brown governments, in several departments including the Department of Constitutional Affairs, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills. In April 2020, David was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor.

Professor Michèle Barrett is Professor of Modern Literary and Cultural Theory, Queen Mary, University of London. She is a noted social theorist, a distinguished Virginia Woolf scholar and an expert on aspects of the social and cultural history of the First World War.

The event is moderated by Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director General, RUSI.

This event is open to all

To take part you must pre-register no later than 10 November using the ‘Register Now’

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