Al Gibson

Al Gibson

profiles Al was born in Cuba 1925, but grew up in Jamaica. He volunteered for service in the Royal Air Force in 1944 after seeing an advertisement in the Gleaner inviting men to volunteer for service in World War 2. “It was my boyhood dream to travel and this was my...
Nurvin McKoy

Nurvin McKoy

profiles Nurvin was born in Belize City, British Honduras (now Belize) in 1926. His father served the British Army in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) during World War 1, and then there was an appeal for Royal Air Force volunteers from the colonies, Nurvin did not hesitate to...
Arthur Leigh

Arthur Leigh

profiles Arthur was 22 years old when he answered the call from the Royal Air Force to volunteer to fight the Nazis in World War II. He had been employed as a clerk in Jamaica, but felt that the opportunity to serve in England was better than any other on the West...
Lauren Phillpotts

Lauren Phillpotts

profiles Laurent Phillpotts was born in Jamaica in 1923. He had been a trainee linotype operator at the Gleaner before volunteering for service in the Royal Air Force in 1943. After three months training at a camp on the island, he travelled to England where he...
Connie Mark

Connie Mark

profiles Born and brought up in Kingston with her sister, mother and father, Connie Mark (nee McDonald) was 16 when World War Two was declared. At the age of 21 she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), and served in Jamaica as a medical secretary to the...
George McPherson

George McPherson

profiles George was 15 years old when his ex-serviceman friend Barry returned home and told him about England. The stories fascinated him so much that he was keen to emigrate. When Empire Windrush stopped at Kingston Harbour, Jamaica, in May 1948 and offered a one-way...