Posted: Tuesday 31st October 2017
‘In the Line of Duty: Askaris of The British Empire’ is a touring photographic exhibition at Radlett Library, and two other locations in Hertfordshire and Luton.
Much of what we learn about the First World War revolves around British Soldiers, and their hardships on the Western Front. However, there were other battlefields, and a wide range of people involved in the global supremacy between the major European nations.
The exhibition illustrates individual stories of men from the King African Rifles who fought alongside the British regiments on the Western Front and other parts of the British Empire. Some of them served as Soldiers, Porters and Carriers.
‘Askaris’ are locally recruited soldiers employed by the British and other European nations, during the period of the colonial empires in Africa.
As we celebrate Black History Month and commemorate the centenary of The Great War (1914 – 1918), we remember the sacrifices, heritage and contributions of the 2 million Africans affected by The Great War.