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Messages, Medals and Memorials



Exhibition

Commemorating the contribution of the Colonial Troops and the Labour Coorps

5th-6th-7th, 12th-13th, 19th-20th and 26th-27th-28th May 2018

Messages, Medals, and Memorials - public art exhibition commemorates the contribution of Colonial troops and the Labour Corps to the war effort in the First World War. Though never fully acknowledged, Europe s Great War was a war of colonials and a colonial theatre of war. Over 4 million African, Indian, Caribbean and other colonial troops and personnel played a crucial role in supporting the Allied cause in World War 1. The Labour Corps formed in January 1917 grew to some 389,900 men, more than 10% of the total size of the Army by the Armistice on 11th November 1918.

In sharp contrast to notions of duty, honour and fighting for King and Country, Colonial troops and Labour Corps faced a whole range of inequalities in military and non-military equipment, mobility and privileges that separated them from their white counterparts. Non-white colonial troops and labour corps were routinely segregated, closely watched, subject to curfews and other restrictions.

Messages, Medals, and Memorials through the artworks on display tells the stories of their lives before the war, their war service and their heroism, as well as the memorials that stand as a testament to their sacrifice. Nicky Scott-Francis explores the war service of the Gurkhas. Sara Scott will focus on the Sikh soldiers of the Indian Army who lost at least 174,187 soldiers during the war. Monica Wheeler tells the story of black soldier Walter Tull, whilst Louse Kosinska looks at the contribution of the North and South African Labour Corps. Elizabeta Chojak-Mysko draws attention to the Chinese Labour Corps, the soldiers of menial chores who worked 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. Jill Rock and Jolanta Jagiello uncover the truly forgotten ‘soldiers’, Jill Rock commemorating the Irishman Michael O’Leary who served in the British forces, with Jolanta Jagiello highlighting Conscientious Objectors who refused to kill and were imprisoned for their beliefs fighting in the name of peace.The exhibition is curated by Jolanta Jagiello and is funded by Southwark Council Neighbourhood Fund.

MMMM Photos/Louise - top.JPGNo Turning Back
by Louise Kosinska
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MMMM Photos/Louise - middle.JPGBlown Out of Proportion
by Louise Kosinska
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MMMM Photos/Louise - floor.JPGWhat Lies Ahead
by Louise Kosinska
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MMMM Photos/Elizabetta - top.JPGFaithful unto Death
by Elizabetta Chojak-Mysko
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MMMM Photos/Elzabetta - middle.JPGTogether
by Elizabetta Chojak-Mysko
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MMMM Photos/Elizabetta - floor.JPGMessage for You
by Elizabetta Chojak-Mysko
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MMMM Photos/Nicky - top.JPGKalinga
by Nicky Scott-Francis
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MMMM Photos/Nicky - middle.JPGVictoria Cross - Kulbir Thapa
by Nicky Scott-Francis
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MMMM Photos/Nicky - floor.JPGMessages in Culture and Tradition
by Nicky Scott-Francis
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MMMM Photos/Jolanta - top.JPGPeace Poppies
by Jolanta Jagiello
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MMMM Photos/Jolanta - middle.JPGObjections Overruled
by Jolanta Jagiello
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MMMM Photos/Jolanta - floor.JPGWhite Feathers
by Jolanta Jagiello
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MMMM Photos/Sara - top.JPGSikh Memorial
by Sara Scott
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MMMM Photos/Sara - middle.JPGEmpire Victory Medal
by Sara Scott
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MMMM Photos/Sara - floor.JPGLetter from a Daughter
by Sara Scott
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MMMM Photos/Monica - top.JPGHonour Denied
by Monica Wheeker
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MMMM Photos/Monica - middle.JPGThe Best Forward in the Field
by Monica Wheeler
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MMMM Photos/Monica - floor.JPGOn the Bench
by Monica Wheeler
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MMMM Photos/Jill - top.JPGThe VC
by Jill Rock
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MMMM Photos/Jill - middle.JPGThe Action
by Jill Rock
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MMMM Photos/Jill - floor.JPGThe Navie
by Jill Rock
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