The History of the First West India Regiment

TitleThe History of the First West India Regiment
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1885
AuthorsEllis, Alfred B.
Number of Pages366

Burton Ellis wrote this book so that the history of his Regiment – and West India Regiments in general – would be better known to the British public. At a time when the armies of Britain’s European rivals – France, Germany and Russia – were growing in size, he wanted to show that Britain’s Caribbean colonies could be a useful source of soldiers to defend the Empire. The History begins with the creation of the Regiments at the end of the 18th century. Then, year by year, it describes where the 1st West India Regiment was based, what service it did, what battles and skirmishes it took part in and any awards or praise it received.

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