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UK minister apologises for black and Asian war dead commemoration failures

Guardian, 22 Apr 2021
The defence secretary, Ben Wallace, has said prejudice led to more than 100,000 first world war soldiers not being commemorated properly.

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Wallace said there were cases where evidence that might enable the discovery of names of the dead was deliberately overlooked. He said the graves of up to 54,000 soldiers who were mostly Indians, east Africans, west Africans, Egyptians and Somalis were not marked by individual headstones.

Some were only remembered in inscriptions or in registers, and another 116,000 personnel, mostly east Africans and Egyptians, were not named or even commemorated at all, he added

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