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For King, Country & Home

Image: Charles Dawkins (1920-1986) and fellow West Indian WW2 RAF servicemen c. 1945. Photo Courtesy the Dawkins family.

Thurs 27th April – to June 24th 2023

Local and Family History Library
Leeds Central Library,

Mon – Thurs: 9am – 8pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed

For King, Country & Home explores the lives and times of Jamaican WW2 veterans of Leeds who volunteered as teenagers and young men to answer Britain’s call to defend ‘the Mother Country’.

Curated by Out of Many Festival Director Susan Pitter working closely with families, the exhibition will include photography, keepsakes and memories gathered over the years of those who, pre-Windrush, helped to form the beginnings of the city’s Black community.

For King, Country & Home also pays tribute to Caribbean veterans who are unidentified or little-known. Through a collection of moving portraits exchanged between the RAF men on demob after the war as mementos of their brotherhood, friendship and time serving shoulder-to-shoulder – we will remember them.

Staged in partnership with Leeds Libraries and generously supported by Leeds Civic Trust Community Heritage Fund.


Image: first row from back: Jamaica Society Leeds early member, Marcus ‘Roy’ Mitchell (1926-2011) with his predominantly West Indian RAF squadron c. 1945.