Alhaji Grunshi was the soldier who fired the first shot in WWI. He was part of the Gold Coast Regiment. He made that historic shot on 4th August 1914 in Togoland (Then a German Colony in West Africa).
Grunshi was later awarded the military medal in 1918 for bravery. However, the first shot was accredited to his British white colleague Ernest Edward Thomas. This was done as it suited the British better, politically and historically, even though Grunshi was a British soldier fighting in a regiment that was part of the British Army and commanded by a white officer.
Read about him in the book "Pilots and Soldiers of the Caribbean; Fighting Men of the Caribbean".
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Pilots and Soldiers of the Caribbean: Fighting Men of the Caribbean
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