National Heroes Park - History‘s Greatest War Meoriel Jamaic, Jamaica -New York
In times of war many people are sent to the front line, often without the necessary tools or equipment. When it comes to the victory days and praise some are no where to be seen, yes, missing from the headlines or even the fine print.
Many Caribbean men and women left the warmth of their shores, mostly with the thought of helping to support or defend Britain during WW1 & WW2. For the most recent, WW2, they arrived in Britain, often with the inner feeling of joy of setting foot on ‘Mother Country’ the promise land.
Some were lumber jacks in Scotland, others were engineers, tradesmen of some sort, but many were military who donned the Kings’s uniform or whatever clothing that enable them to carry out their duties.
It is widely believed that the following Caribbean Colonies supplied Service men and women as follows:
Bahamas - 493
Barbados - 811
British Guiana - 686
British Honduras - 528
Grenada - 441
Jamaica - 9,977
Leeward Islands (Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat) - 225
St Lucia- 354
St Vincent - 305
Trinidad and Tobago - 1,438.
80 Women Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF)
30 Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS)
Known surviving Jamaicans of WW2 Veterans:
Mr Albert Jarrett - England
Mr Alan Wilmot - England
Mr Neil Flanigan MBE - England
Mr Tony Daley - England
Mr Delisser Barnard - England
1. Commonwealth War Graves Commission
2. A daughter’s mission to honour her Father and the men of WW2
3. Canada‘s first Black Naval Commander is a Jamaican