New website documents over 150 years of Black military service in Canada

An item from the Legion Magazine.


Legion Magazine
Front Lines
New website documents over 150 years of Black military service in Canada

New website documents over 150 years of Black military service in Canada

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

At 17, James Post of Ottawa had already been serving two years overseas when he earned a Distinguished Conduct Medal for “conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty” during a 1917 attack on the First World War battlefield of Passchendaele.

Post, a corporal in the 4th Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles, also happened to be one of about 700 Black men who served in non-segregated units of the Canadian Expeditionary Force between 1914 and 1918.

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On Dec. 1, 2011, at a quiet ceremony in Afghanistan, the Maple Leaf flag was lowered for the last time in Kandahar as Canadian troops prepared to leave the wartorn region.

The combat mission was at its end, but Canadian troops would continue to serve dangerous missions in the country for three more years.

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