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BAME Seafarers in Wales during the First World War

African merchant seamen serving in the First World War were not recognised as British subjects and their families were not compensated for their loss. Many lost their lives and for most their only recognition are their names on the Tower Hill memorial which commemorates men and women of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who died in both World Wars and who have no known grave. After the war the ports of Liverpool and Cardiff were in decline and there was widespread unemployment among seamen leading to race riots. Around 2,000 black seamen were repatriated between 1919 and the early 1920s in an effort to ease tensions, although many who had families stayed.

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John Freeman, Cardiff

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Certificate of Nationality and Identity of John...

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Continuous Certificate of Discharge of John...

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Beryl Makkers, Cardiff

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John Davis Freeman, Cardiff

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Photograph of the Crew of S.S. Hopemount, 1915

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HOPEMOUNT crew in Cardiff

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S.S. 'FALABA' (Elder, Dempster &...

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SS Falaba, 1915

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Great War at Sea: FALABA sunk 28 March 1915

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BRECKNOCKS HELP 'FALABA' SURVIVORS

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The Falaba Victims

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NORWEGIAN TERRITORY IN CARDIFF

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OUT FROM CARDIFF

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Great War at Sea: APAPA sunk 28 November 1917

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The survivors from the APAPA at Holyhead

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John Thomas grave report - Bangor Glanadda...

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The gravestone of John Thomas at Glanadda Cemetery

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Cup from the APAPA

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Floor tile from the APAPA

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Frying pan from the APAPA

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More Piracy Off Pembrokeshire Coast

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FIVE SHIPS SUNK

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Five Days in Open Boat

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TAMPA memorial mural

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Crew of the TAMPA

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The marriage of Mr and Mrs Murrell, St Mary’s...

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Medal card for James Headley from Barbados

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Remarkable Affair at Milford Haven (1915)

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CREW DECLINED WINE (1915)

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FOUR YEARS' WAGES (1918)

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ORDERED BACK (1915)

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AFRAID OF BEING TORPEDOED (1915)

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Merthyr Tydfil boy (1917)

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THE TABLES TURNED (1915)

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STABBED TO DEATH. BELFAST DOCK TRAGEDY....

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FATAL BELFAST FRACAS. FIREMAN STABBED TO DEATH....

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FATAL AFFRAY AT BELFAST DOCKS Inquest on the...

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