Black Poppies

National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London
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This event ended on Friday 18th of October 2019

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National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT

Nearest Stations

Sloane Square 0.47 miles


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Historian Stephen Bourne explores the lives of black servicemen and Britain's black community during the First World War.

Engaging and informative, this illustrated talk will feature stories of individual soldiers including Arthur Roberts, known as 'Scotland's Black Tommy'; David Clemetson, the Army officer who rose through the ranks after refusing to lie about his race; and Trinidad's George Roberts, a sergeant in the Middlesex Regiment who campaigned after the war for better treatment of ex-servicemen.

It will also include the previously unpublished wartime letters of Jamaican siblings Norman, Douglas and Vera Manley.

Stephen Bourne received the Southwark Arts Forum Award for Literature for 'Black Poppies: Britain's Black Community and the Great War'. In 2017, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from London South Bank University for his contribution to diversity.


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