Some of the Black servicemen made the ultimate sacrifice but, with the passage of time, with the exception of Walter Tull, their contributions have been forgotten.
Asked in a military interview in 1914, whether he was "of pure European descent", George Bemand said yes. His answer was accepted.
During 1914 and 1918 women learned skills and independence, and, in most Allied countries, gained the vote within a few years of the war's end.
"Oh the frightfulness of it all. To think that these fragments were once sweethearts, maybe, husbands or loved sons, and this was the end."
A new history of the 1919 race riots locates the dynamics of racism in the context of class, imperialism and wider popular struggles.
The endless dispossession of Palestinians from their own land, which continues today, was begun by decisions colonialists took in 1917.
The remarkable Elsie Inglis worked among the poor, campaigned for votes for women, and organised Scottish women who went to the front line in WW1.
If we want to remember the war dead, perhaps we should spare a thought for the one-million plus dead in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere.