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The 4th West India Regiment was one of the West India Regiments (WIRs) in the British Army. It was originally formed in 1795 under the command of Colonel Oliver Nicolls.[1] Nearly all of the rank and file soldiers were born in Africa. Before 1807 they had generally been purchased from slave ships by the army. But after the parliamentary abolition of the British transatlantic slave trade in 1807, the British Navy intercepted ships of other nations carrying slaves, and often these slaves were recruited to the West India Regiments.[2]


The 4th WIR was stationed in Gibraltar from 14 March 1817 to 9 March 1819.[2] At the end of this assignment they were dispatched to Sierra Leone where the regiment was disbanded.[2]


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