The Boys are Doing Splendidly in Egypt, Mesopotamia, France. Another Bahamas Contingent Will be Sailing Soon. Roll Up Men. Make it the Best. God Save the King!
This World War I poster, published in Kingston, Jamaica in 1915, was used to recruit volunteers for the British West Indies Regiment (BWIR), which was established late that year by the British War Office. The regiment ultimately was composed of 12 battalions, which served in different theaters of the war, including Egypt and Palestine, Mesopotamia, France and Flanders, and Italy. The poster appeals to imperial patriotism by showing a small portrait of King George V, who supported formation of the regiment. A total of 397 officers and 15,204 men, representing all the Caribbean colonies, served in the BWIR. Two-thirds came from Jamaica. The regiment played an important role in fostering a sense of West Indian identity, as demobilized soldiers—many of whom were disenchanted by the war and who had experienced racial discrimination in the army—returned home and, in many cases, became active in the nationalist movements of the postwar period.
Gleaner Company, Limited, Kingston, Jamaica
Type of Item
1 photomechanical print (poster) : halftone ; 94 x 62 centimeters
- C.L. Joseph, "The British West Indies Regiment 1914–1918," Journal of Caribbean History 12 (May 1971).
Last updated: January 17, 2017