Service Overseas: 1914 – 18 and 1939 – 45
The BMA and BVRC served in France during the First World War and suffered terrible casualties. The BMA served in the Royal Garrison Artillery and the BVRC served in the 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. Battle Honours were earned throughout the European campaign in which over 100 Bermudians lost their lives. Many were conspicuous in their service, with Bermuda’s soldiers earning, amongst other commendations, the Military Medal for Gallantry.
During the Second World War the BMA soldiers formed the Bermuda Contingent of the 1st Caribbean Regiment which served in North Africa and Europe. BVRC served as a company in the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment in Britain and Europe. Other Bermudians joined the Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force or saw service with the Royal Navy. Of the 184 Bermudians serving overseas, 35 paid the ultimate sacrifice. Many were highly decorated for their valour, including a George Cross.
At home, the BMI and BVE, along with those who remained of the BVRC and BMA, guarded our shores. Bermuda’s brave men and women served with courage, pride and distinction during these wars. It is fitting that we remember them every 11th November during the National Service of Remembrance s throughout the Americas and Europe, Regiment personnel served in Africa as part of the International Military Advisory Team to Sierra Leone’s armed services.
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