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The BWIR in WW1 - Edward E. PACKER

PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:41 pm
by Krosfyah
My uncle, Edward Ernest Packer enlisted in Barbados shortly after the call to arms came in 1915. His registration number was 944 of more than 15,000 recruits from the British West Indian Islands. His battalion (the 1st) left for Seaford, England in the Fall of 1915 for training. Many recruits died both en route and in Seaford that winter. The 1st and 2nd battalions of the BWIR were eventually shipped to Egypt, where they would spend the rest of the war. Edward E. Packer never returned.

I have tried to find war records through England, only to learn that these were destroyed in WW2 bombing. I have not found anything in Barbados, but I may not be looking in the right places. Does anyone have a lead on where records of the BWIR battalions may be archived? Also any photos?