Bajan People

Bajan’s (Barbadian’s) that have done outstanding things or have made outstanding contributions.

Empire Windrush docking at Tilbury Docks, Essex, on 21 June 1948

Windrush 75 – Pioneers & Champions

The HMT Empire Windrush is best remembered for bringing one of the first large groups of post-war Commonwealth citizens from the Caribbean to the UK in June 1948. The ship’s name is used to denote what in the UK is known as the Windrush Generation. These are the estimated 500,000 Commonwealth citizens who immigrated from […]

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F/L Fred Clarke RCAF

F/L Fredrick Edsall Clarke RCAF 414 Army Cooperation Squadron 1917 – 2005

This is the story of Fred Clarke Jr. (known as Freddy / “Knobby” in the RCAF) who was born in 1917 in West Byfleet in Surrey, England while his Bajan father Maj. Frederick C Clarke MD MC 1883 – 1941 was serving in France with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (RCAMC) during World War I. After

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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano 1789

Remembering Olaudah Equiano’s time in Barbados

I have often sat on the boardwalk on Wharf Road watching tourists walking into the centre of Bridgetown. Each of them will pass a memorial. It isn’t particularly small but most people walk by without a single glance, some slow their stride to ‘skim read’ the wording but no one ever seems to stop and

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Dr. Frederick C Clarke 1883 - 1941

Maj. Frederick C Clarke MD MC 1883 – 1941

This is the story of Bajan doctor Maj. Frederick Clarence Clarke MD MC who served during World War I with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. It is told by his grandsons: Ian and Christopher Clarke who both live in Canada. During World War I, from March 1915 to September 1919, Maj. Frederick Clarence Clarke MD MC, a Bajan

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Iris Bayley at Andromeda

The Bush Teas of Barbados – Iris Bayley

It is customary for many of the inhabitants of Barbados when they are ill to use as remedies watery infusions of various plants, known as “bush teas”. If the disease has definite characteristics, such as skin rashes, swelling or pain, the infusion is applied locally, or pieces of the plant are bandaged upon the affected

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John R Archer Mayor of Battersea 1913

John Richard Archer – the first black mayor of a London borough in 1913

John Richard Archer was the first black mayor of a London Borough. In November 1913 he was elected for a one year term as Mayor of the London Borough of Battersea. Born in Liverpool, John Archer had a Bajan father and an Irish mother. The the first black person to be elected as a Mayor

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P/O Keith Proverbs

P/O Keith G Proverbs: Out Of Tragedy Came Advances in Air Safety and Science

On 10th September 1945, P/O Keith Proverbs (Bajan Captain and 1st pilot) and his crew from 517 Squadron tragically lost their lives when their aircraft a Halifax Met. Mk. III crashed in dense fog trying to land. On the anniversary of that fatal crash we remember the sacrifices made by the RAF Meteorological Squadron crews

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