This is the story of Bajan doctor Maj. Frederick Clarence Clarke MD MC who served during World War I with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. It is told by his grandsons: Ian and Christopher Clarke who both live in Canada. During World War I Maj. Frederick Clarence Clarke MD MC, a Bajan doctor, served in England and France […]
On Remembrance Sunday we commemorate the service and sacrifice of British and Commonwealth military and civilian men and women who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Merchant Navy and Emergency Services during World War I, World War II and later conflicts who defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.
Originally called Armistice Day in commemoration of the anniversary of the peace agreement that ended World War I (11th November 1918), after World War II it became Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday in November).
The most recognizable symbol of Remembrance Sunday is the red poppy. In 1921 the newly formed British Legion (now the Royal British Legion), a charitable organisation for veterans, began selling red paper poppies for Armistice Day, and its annual Poppy Appeal has been enormously successful since.
“When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,
For Your Tomorrow,
We Gave Our Today.“
This epitaph on the Kohima War Cemetery in India honours the soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Kohima during World War II is attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds (1875-1958); an English classicist, poet and author. It is thought to have been inspired by the epitaph written by Simonides of Ceos to honour the Greeks who fell at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480BC. The exact wording of Simonides’ epitaph is not known, but it is said to have read something along the lines of :
“Go tell the Spartans,
stranger passing by,
That here, obedient to their laws,
BajanThings is on a mission to record some of the stories from WWI and WWII of those valiant young men and women who volunteered and did not return and those that did return who did NOT speak about their often horrific experiences of war, and who, post war just got on with life as best that they could – often suppressing those war-time memories, living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you or a relative have a story please contact BajanThings.
On 10th September 1945, P/O Keith Proverbs (Bajan Captain and 1st pilot) and his crew from 517 Squadron tragically lost their lives when their aircraft a Halifax Met. Mk. III crashed in dense fog trying to land. On the anniversary of that fatal crash we remember the sacrifices made by the RAF Meteorological Squadron crews
Bajan pilot P/O George HF Inniss aged 24 and crew from 106 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command were killed-in-action on 4th/5th February 1941 when their aircraft a Handley Page Hampden Mk. I, AD750, crashed nose first at La Marronnière farm, La Marsoire, Pont-Saint-Martin, Loire-Atlantique (2 km SE of Aéroport Nantes Atlantique). Their aircraft was hit by
This is the story of the deep bond that developed between Errol Barrow and his commanding officer Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir William Sholto Douglas who was the Military Governor of Germany after World War II. From 1945 to 1947 Errol Barrow served as a Navigator within the Commander-in-Chief, Military Governor’s Flight with
Errol Barrow’s crew in RAF 88 Squadron, “B” Flight, Second Tactical Air Force (2TAF) during World War II consisted of: English pilot Andy Cole and the two Australian rear wireless operator and air gunners (WAGs): Leo Schultz and Allen “Shorty” Stewart. BajanThings has covered both Errol Barrow’s time in the Royal Air Force (RAF) and his
On 25th August 2021 it will be exactly 100 years since the death of Wendell Valentyne Byer. Who was Wendell you may ask? A famous cricketer? A politician perhaps? No, he was none of these, Wendell was once a trainee schoolteacher in St George. He was strong and fit – 5 feet 11 and a