There’s a Seaford in faraway Jamaica

West Indies Regt SUS-140929-175514001
West Indies Regt SUS-140929-175514001

The shared heritage of Seaford and its namesake in Jamaica will be celebrated in a two-part event on Saturday, October 18.

Seaford Town In the West Indies, known colloquially as German Town, will be the subject of a talk and a film at The Barn Theatre from 2pm. The illustrated talk will tell the story of the British West Indies Regiment, which was stationed at North Camp, Seaford, during the First World War. Troops trained there between October, 1915, and March, 1916, before heading off to The Front. There follows a 55-minute documentary film, ‘German Town: The Lost Story of Seaford Town, Jamaica’. The screening will be followed by a Question and Answer session with the film’s director, David Ritter. It is said that the unique inhabitants are descendants of German indentured servants who were used to work the Jamaican plantations after emancipation, in order to substitute the slave labour that drove the island’s economy. Others think they came under different circumstances: as runaway prisoners; former military personnel battered after the Napoleonic wars; or those seeking a better life to escape the poverty and hardships in their home lands. Picture: Cadbury Research Library, Special Collections, University of Birmingham