Behind Nassau’s Supreme Court building, in the Garden of Remembrance, stands a Cenotaph memorializing Bahamians who were killed while serving in the two World Wars.  

Cenotaph in the Garden of Remembrance, Nassau

During the first World War, 486 Bahamians volunteered to serve with the British West Indies Regiment. More than 200 more would enlist in the British, Canadian or American forces. Those who enlisted included:

Preston Adderley
Fletcher Albury
Joseph Albury
Hartley Albury
Dr R. W. Albury
S. Albury
Talmadge Hillary Albury
William F. Albury
George Aranha
H. Armbrister
Matthew Armbrister
J.A. Arthur
Emmanuel Ash
Robert J. Atwill (or Atwell?)
Charles Bain
James Bain
L.S. Bain
H. Baker
W. Balfour
L. Bannister
C.L. Barlett
Harold Bascombe
A. Bell
S. Best
Charles Bethel
G. P. Bethel
J. Bethel
P. Bethel
R. Bethel
A. Bizard
Charles Black
J. N.  Blydon
Osborne Boons
T. Bostwick
Harold Brown
Horatio C. O. Brown
J. Bullard
H. Butcher
Alexander Butler
W. Campbell
Daniel Charlton
T. Clarke
Kenneth Clutsam
G. Cooper
T. Craydock
W. Culmer
J. Culmer
Alfred Curry
P. Davis
Austin Dean
H. Dean
E. Deleveaux
John Demeritte
John Driggs
Henry Duncombe
Etienne Dupuch
Sidney C. Farrington
Herbert Ferguson
E. Fernandez
Frederick Flowers
F. Ford
D. Forsythe
A. Henry Fountain
J. Goodman
J. Gordon
Herbert Grant
Alfred Hall
H. Hall
Heisal S. Hall
Edmund Hanna
F. Hanna
J. Hanna
G. Higgs
W. Higgs
J. Homes
J. Humes
S. Humes
Geo. H. Ingraham
Allan Johnson
C. Johnson
George H. Johnson
H. Johnson
Joseph Johnson
R. Johnson
T. Johnson
W. Jordan
Artie Kemp
C. Kerr
F. Kerr
James H. Knowles
John Knowles
Ralph Knowles
Frederick C. C. Lightbourn
J.A. Lightbourn
Lewis Pearson Lowe*
Allan Maclure
E. McKenzie
W. McKenzie
T. McLeod
W. McLure
J. Major
J.C. Major
Origen H. Mason
Bruce M. Maura
John McNeal
Joseph McQuay
G. Mitchell
Robert A. Mitchell
H. Morris
R. Morrison
S. Morrison
A. Moss
Thomas Moss
Charles W. Moss
Oliver Moss
W. Munnings
C. Nairn
Joseph Newman
W.B.S. O’Brien
M. Patton
A. Perpall
J. Poitier
H. Pyfrom
Stuart Rae
J.A. Rahming
S. Raymond
Henry A. Roach
A. Vincent Roberts
Benjamin E. Roberts
C. A. Roberts
N. Roker
Solomon S. Roker
David Rolle
Sylvanus Rolle
H. Russell
A.W. Sands
H. Sands
J. Sands
Ramon Sands
George Saunders
Jeremiah Saunders
Robin H. Sawyer
Edward DeWitt Sears
Richard Roy Sears
W.E. Simms
Benjamin Smith
C. Smith
F.C. Smith
L. Smith
Charles S. Sparkman
Erskine Storr
D. Sweeting
S. Sweeting
J. Symmonette
C.E. Taylor
J.H. Taylor
James C. Taylor
James S. Taylor
James A. Thompson
L. R. Thompson
William Thompson
J. Turnquest
James Wallace
A. Weech
John Williams
Joseph Wilson
Reginald Wood
W. Wood
J. Young
O. Young
*Lewis Pearson Lowe was an Abaconian, from Green Turtle Cay.
The Gallant Thirty, the first Bahamian volunteers to join the British West Indies Regiment in WW I.

At least thirty-eight Bahamian servicemen would lose their lives during World War I. Seven died in battle, three died later from battle wounds and 28 others died from illness or other causes related to their service. They included:

Preston Adderley
Joseph Albury
Hartley Albury
J.A. Arthur
Emmanuel Ash
Charles A. Bethel
Charles Black
Osborne Boons
Harold Brown
Alexander Butler
Daniel Charlton
Alfred Curry
John Driggs
Henry Duncombe
Herbert Ferguson
E. Fernandez
Herbert Grant
Alfred Hall
Edmund Hanna
George H. Ingraham
Allan Johnson
Joseph Johnson
Ralph Knowles
John Knowles
Lewis Pearson Lowe*
Robert A. Mitchell
John McNeal
Joseph McQuay
Charles W. Moss
Oliver Moss
Thomas Moss
Joseph Newman
W.B.S. O’Brien
Stuart Rae
Benjamin E. Roberts
Solomon S. Roker
David Rolle
Sylvanus Rolle
Ramon Sands
George Saunders
Jeremiah Saunders
Robin H. Sawyer
Richard Roy Sears
Benjamin Smith
Charles S. Sparkman
Erskine Storr
James C. Taylor
James A. Thompson
William Thompson
James Wallace
Joseph Wilson

When war broke out in 1939, Bahamians once again stepped up to do their part. Approximately 300 served in the Bahamas Defence Company, which saw service in Italy and Egypt. Others joined the British, American and Canadian militaries. Among the Bahamians who served in World War II were:  

George Adderley
Dudley Adderley
James Adderley
Marshall Adderley
Livingstone Adderley
Theophilus Adderley
Willard Adderley
Charles Albury
George Albury
Harold Albury
Sidney Albury
Vernell Albury
George Algreen
Edward Allen
Albury Archer
Alfonso Archer
Arnold Archer
Aubrey Archer
Randolph Armbrister
Allan Arnett
Randolph Arnett
Robert Arnett
Carl Arnott
James Arnott
Bertram Arthur
Harold Arthur
Charles Austin
Alfred Bain
Allen Bain
Charles Bain
Frederick Bain
Leonard Bain
Nathaniel Bain
Wellington Bain
Allan Barr
George Barr
Reginald Balfour
George Bartlett
Robert Bartlett
Rupert Bartlett
Franklyn Barry
David Bedford
Charles Bethel
Edward Bethel
Samuel Bethel
Glanville Bethel
Jerome Bethel
Leroy Bethel
Joseph Blyden
Theophilus Bodie
Charles Bowleg
John Bowleg
Stanford Bradford
Raymond Bradford
Melvin Brennan
Standford Brennan
Theophilus Brice
Alfred Brown
Ashton Brown
David Lester Brown
Eric Brown
George Brown
Godfrey Brown
Herman Brown
Colin Bullard
George Bullard
George Burrows
Edwin Burrows
Herbert Burrows
Leclain Burrows
Medall Burrows
Stanley Burrows
Wilfred Burrows
Harry Burnside
Arlington Butler
Clifford Butler
Peter Butler
William Butler
Oswald Cambrose
Wheatley Campbell
Vernal Capron
Sidney Carey
Alton Cargill
Audley Carr
Archibald Carroll
Franklyn Carroll
Joseph Carroll
Raleigh Carroll
Eugene Cartwright
Elgin Carey
Bruce Cargill
James Claridge
Wilmore Cooper
Cedric Cooper
J. Cooper
Cornelius Clyde
Jacob Clarke
John Clarke
Leroy Clarke
Samuel Clarke
Alfred Coakley
Ernest Coakley
Walter Collie
Bertrice Colebrook
Wilton Colebrooke
Arthur Cooper
Eric Cooper
Otis Crawley
Paul Crawley
Edwin Culmer
Herman Culmer
John Culmer
William Culmer
Wilfred Curry
Edwin Curtis
A. Delevaux
William Fleming
Wenzel Granger
Kendal Isaacs
Basil L. I. Johnson
Garth Johnson
George Jones
Wilbur Haldane Jordan
Warren M. Lightbourn
Alfred B. Malone
Carl Marshall
Benson McDermott
Michael McKinney
George Moseley
George Munroe
William Pemberton
Joseph Basil Poad
Rudolph Pyfrom
Captain Reney
Augustus Roberts*
James F. Rolle
D’Arcy Rutherford
Winston Saunders
George Sawyer
Jack Sawyer
Leslie Sawyer
David Smith
Fane Solomon
Roy Solomon
Peter Stratton
Chester Thompson*
Hartis Thompson*
Leonard Thompson*
Maurice Thompson*
* Augustus Roberts was from Green Turtle Cay, and the four Thompson brothers (pictured below) were from Hope Town.

At least 14 enlisted Bahamians were killed during the second World War, including:

A. Deleveaux
Garth Johnson
George Jones
Wilbur Haldane Jordan
Warren M. Lightbourn
Alfred Burge Malone
Carl Marshall
Michael McKinney
George Moseley
George Munroe
Joseph Basil Poad
James F. Rolle
Jack Sawyer
Peter Stratton

It’s worth noting that, in both wars, few if any Bahamians had to serve. There was no conscription. The Bahama Islands were thousands of miles from the main theaters of war. The individuals listed here – and all who enlisted – voluntarily left the relative safety of home and place themselves squarely in the path of danger. Dozens paid the ultimate price for this courageous choice.

Plaque on the Cenotaph.

I hope you’ll take a moment today and join me in remembering all Bahamians who served. May their bravery and sacrifice never be forgotten and may we who live be worthy of our dead.

Do you have additional information about (or photos of) anyone listed above? Do you know of other Bahamians who served in either World War? If so, please let me know. I’d like to write about them in future posts.

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