Alford Gardner

Alford Gardner

profiles Alford Gardner was born in 1926 in Jamaica. Before volunteering in 1947 for service the Royal Air Force he had thoughts of migrating to the USA. After some weeks of military training in Jamaica, he and other volunteers travelled to England via North America....
Nick Collins

Nick Collins

profiles Rudolph (Nick) Collins was nearly 17 years old when his brother’s best friend told him about life in England, and Nick immediately decided to emigrate. “As things would have it, there was an advert in the local paper saying that a ship was going to be coming...
Steve Mitchell

Steve Mitchell

profiles Veron (Steve) Mitchell volunteered in 1944 to join the Royal Air Force. He was 19 years old and had spent the year before as an agricultural worker in the USA. His Jamaican father, David, fought for the British in South Africa during the Boer War (1899-1902)....
Maurice Hudson

Maurice Hudson

profiles Born in Cuba in 1919, Maurice spent his early years there at a time when schooling for Black children was rear. So his parent moved to Jamaica when he five years of age, and life was better. His father’s mother was Margaret Garvey, the brother of the famous...
Cecil Holness

Cecil Holness

profiles Cecil Holness was born in Jamaica, and at the age of 22, volunteered to fight for Britain against Hitler’s army in World War II. Cecil’s decision was not only about service in the Royal Air Force, but he was motivated by a sense of adventure and the...
Tom Douce

Tom Douce

profiles Tom Douce was born in Jamaica. At the age of twenty two, he travelled on the Empire Windrush to England. On his arrival at Tilbury Docks, Essex, he had nowhere to go, and so he took the opportunity to stay at Clapham South Deep Shelter. The shelter had been...