|Elywn Rhy Jones and the men of the Gold Coast Regiment|
|Troops of the Royal West African Frontier Force in the Arakan, Burma 1944 by Captain Hugh Micklem|
During the war around 375,000 men and women from African countries served in the Empire and Commonwealth forces. Of these 3,387 were killed and 5,549 wounded. It was therefore depressing to learn how poorly they were treated after the war by the Imperial authorities, a protest against broken promises seeing three veterans being shot dead by police in 1948, but really shocking that the families of those West Africans that died fighting the Japanese in 1944 and '45 were not informed of the fact and only found out when the regiments returned to the Gold Coast in 1945 and 1946. It is hard to comprehend that their efforts and sacrifice did not even warrant a telegram to their families.
|HQ Company, 81st West African Division, Burma 1944|
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