CARIBBEAN WOMEN VOLUNTEERS in WWII BRITAIN - A few of the 600 West Indian women who were recruited for the Auxiliary Territorial Service, arriving in Britain in 1943. The enlistment of these volunteers went forward despite official misgivings and outright obstruction. . Another 80 Caribbean women joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. Link goes to article with more photos!
Mary Seacole was a Jamaican nurse who risked her own life to treat the wounded in the Crimean War. As Mary was black, Florence Nightingale turned her away several times, so she set up her own 'British Hotel' and worked round the clock to nurse the soldiers. Often she would go out into the field to treat them too. A remarkable woman who is, at last, getting some recognition for her hard and dangerous work.
Mrs Louise Pusey and Mrs Violet Johnston waiting for friends to collect them at Waterloo Station, London, taken by Lauder for the Daily Herald newspaper on 22 September, 1954. The two Jamaican women came to London in 1954.
Christmas cake ~ Jamaicans take Christmas seriously. Very, very seriously. And there is nothing that symbolizes how much preparation and forethought goes into the one day than in the baking of the Christmas Cake. Several pounds of dried mixed fruits, prunes, raisins, cherries are purchased and soaked in rum and red wine months in advance and the grumblings about the high cost of basic food items die down as homemakers set out to buy around 20 different ingredients for one dish.