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Black Soldiers in World War I

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  • Bulaya (deceased)
    Bulaya aka Samson Jackson, was a Northern Rhodesian (Zambian) who went to England with Sir Stewart Gore Browne in 1915. He joined the Middlesex Regiment, fighting in France and Palestine. He is mention...
  • Pvt. Jimmie Dellums (1892 - 1941)
    Jim (Jimmie) Dellums served in the Company A, 404th Service Battalion from September 26, 1918 until June 26, 1919. He reenlisted on June 27, 1919 as a Private in Company J, 25th U.S. Infantry Regiment ...
  • Charles Edward Hampton (1888 - d.)
    Death reported 1918 Age: 30 France Missing In Action, WWI, according to Lionel's autobiography (Although Gertrude claims to be widowed in the 1910 Census) Notable Black American Women, Book 2. edited...
  • Willie B. Daniel (c.1891 - d.)
    He was born closer to 1891, around the time/year his father died? My wife's grandmother's youngest brother, Willie B. Daniel, served in World War I. After the war, he moved into the city limits of Sa...
  • Roscoe C. Riddle (1892 - 1950)
    Dr. Riddle authored more than three treatises in the field of medicine, he was educated in Bishop College, Northwestern University and Meharry Medical college. He was an Army medical officer in World W...

Black soldiers served in the First World War, just as they served in the Civil War (on both sides), and the Spanish American War.

The war started in 1914 and ended in 1918, mostly in Europe, but also spread to the Far East and Africa. The United States did not get involved until 1917, when president Woodrow Wilson declared war on Germany.

  • My wife's great uncle, Willie B. Daniel, served in this war.
  • Thomas Pridgett - singer "Ma" Rainey's brother

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