WW2 WEST INDIAN RAF SERVICEMEN c. 1945

Jamaica has long answered the call to defend the ‘Mother Country’. In World War l, 15,600 Caribbean men, mainly Jamaicans, volunteered for the British West Indies Regiment. In WW2 around 10,000 men and women volunteered. By early 1945 there were over 3,700 Jamaicans in the RAF. Those who stayed formed the beginnings of Caribbean communities across the UK. They include Charlie Dawkins (L) who settled in Leeds, seen here with fellow RAF men.

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