Black History Month

2020

The British Army celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month takes place every October. The British Army is proud to support this annual celebration of the role of black people in our nation’s story. This month, by highlighting the experiences of the many black soldiers who have served in our ranks and telling the stories of some of those who are currently serving, we hope to show that our history is black history.

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Sharing their stories

Black people have been playing a role in the formation and evolution of contemporary Britain since at least Tudor times.

It is this valuable, and somewhat little known, role we seek to recognise this month as we share the stories of soldiers like Walter Tull, George Bemand, and David Clemetson who broke through social prejudice in the First World War.

And the troops of the West African Division who achieved so much in the Second World War in Burma and returned home to build strong independent countries in its aftermath.

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Corporal Aderi-Igbekoyi

Corporal Aderi-Igbekoyi

During Black History Month, Corporal Aderi-Igbekoyi, with the help of eminent historian
Robert Lyman, learnt that her great uncle fought as part of the West African Division during the Second World War.

Find out more in the video above.

Staff Sergeant Banton

SSgt Banton has been on six operational tours during her service with the Royal Artillery. Black History Month has given her the opportunity to learn more about her grandfather, who also served with the Royal Artillery and fought during the Battle of Monte Cassino.

Shortly after the war he met her grandmother on a train in Italy and bought her back to England as his wife.

Find out more in the video above.

The British Army BAME Network

Today we celebrate our diversity and inclusivity and the achievements of all who serve regardless of their differences. We have established networks that provide support and guidance to religious and minority groups.

The British Army BAME Network is an active group that helps support members; encouraging them to come together, share information, and raise the visibility of BAME-related issues within the Army.

The Network is primarily an employee support network, and aims to inform, inspire and empower Service personnel and civilian employees, ensuring that ethnic minority soldiers and civilians can achieve their full potential.