Remembrance Sunday Gathering for The Forgotten British Somaliland Soldiers & Seafarers


Sahan Centre have recently produced a documentary called ‘The Forgotten Soldiers’ which commemorates the forgotten British Somaliland soldiers who fought for Great Britain during the First and the Second World Wars along with, most recently, the Falklands War.

People of Somali descent living in the UK for the first time, as a result, will gather at the Commonwealth Memorial Gates on Remembrance Sunday this year to commemorate and pay respect to the thousands of men from British Somaliland who served in the Royal Armed Forces and the Royal Navy.

This is a significant landmark and a turning point in the history of Somali heritage in the UK for several reasons. Their stories have never been mentioned in any of the official documents and transcripts in Britain despite Somalis being one of the first ethnic communities to have lived in Britain.

These men have not been given the attention they deserved in any of the official documents and historical literature, many of whom had lost their lives for a country they had not seen and for a King and Queen they had never heard of.

It also offers the British public a greater and better understanding of the contributions made by these men during the war with the hope of appreciating their bravery and valuable contributions.

The Remembrance Service will be attended by Somaliland diplomats and dignitaries along with members of the press and other media forms. We would, therefore, like to invite you to attend the remembrance service and be a part of this historic moment. Spread the word and invite your friends and family.

Venue : Commonwealth Memorial Gates
Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner Station
Date: Sunday 10th November 2013
Time: 12:30pm (The gathering will be for an hour. Please be on time and let us commemorate our veterans.

For further information, you can reach us on 0208 848 138