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African and Caribbean war memorial

African and Caribbean war memorial

This Memorial is dedicated to the memory of the service men and women from Africa and the Caribbean who served alongside the forces of the British Commonwealth and her allies during WW1 and WW2.

The Memorial comprises of two obelisks of 6ft each, they are made from Scottish Whinstone; weighing 2 tonnes. The backing panel and plinth base are hand made from Ancaster Limestone; weighing over 3 tonnes

One of the seven components in the 'From sea to earth and sky project' involved placing a memorial stone made from granite at the entrance of the Cruise Terminal in Tilbury Docks.

This Windrush memorial was to be a tribute to the Caribbean service men who served in the RAF during WWII, and who arrived on the SS Windrush at Tilbury Docks on 22nd June 1948. It then became apparent that since Britain and other European nations were commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1, the memorial should also honour WWI Caribbean service personnel. It was decided that instead of a single piece of granite, there should be two memorial stones designed in the shape of obelisks made from Scottish whinstone. Whinstone was chosen to represent the ties the Black Military personnel had with the British Isles.

The obelisks were to be engraved with the names of the Caribbean units who served in the Navy, Army and the Air Force during both world wars.

The original idea was to unveil the Windrush memorial in October 2014 as part of the Black History month season in Thurrock.

During a meeting, the trustees explained that the Cruise terminal could no longer accept a memorial of such significance. A new home would now have to be found for what was now being termed 'The African and Caribbean memorial'.

As Madstone reassessed the position of the memorial with the trust, we came to the conclusion that a London home would allow greater public access than Tilbury Docks, Furthermore, it was wholly appreciated that the address for the BCA was number 1 Windrush Square.

On a November morning in 2014, at 11 minutes past 11, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, the African and Caribbean war memorial was being unveiled for the first time. However, within 24 hours of the memorial being unveiled it was taken down and placed in storage. It remained there for the next two and a half years until its permanent installation on Windrush Square on the 22nd June 2017.

We trust that in time the significance of the day will be recognised as an annual celebration.

 

REMEMBERING THE FORGOTTEN 

Click here to read more; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-40372063


African and Caribbean war memorial

African and Caribbean war memorial

African and Caribbean war memorial

African and Caribbean war memorial