YEARWOOD – John Lawrence Leacock

No. 1383414

Back row: C.P. King, J.S. Partridge, A.A. Walrond, J.L.L. Yearwood, M.R. Cuke, E.W. Barrow - Front row: G.D. Cumberbatch, A.P.C. Dunlop, H.E.S. Worme, G.A. Barrow, A.O. Weekes, B.F.H. Miller.

The Barbados Second Contingent
Back row: C.P. King, J.S. Partridge, A.A. Walrond, J.L.L. Yearwood, M.R. Cuke, E.W. Barrow – Front row: G.D. Cumberbatch, A.P.C. Dunlop, H.E.S. Worme, G.A. Barrow, A.O. Weekes, B.F.H. Miller.

Subsequently killed were: Sgt. Charles Parnell King, Sgt. Arthur Adolphus Walrond, Pilot Mark Radford Cuke, Sgt. Grey Doyle Cumberbatch, Flying Officer Andrew P.C. Dunlop, Pilot Officer Bruce F.H. Miller

The First Contingent, the Harold Wright Contingent as is became known, sailed 27th July 1940 and was recruited for the forces generally. However, the Second Contingent were recruited for the RAF and departed Barbados in November 1940. The 12 men selected included Errol W. Barrow, who would survive the war, enter politics and eventually become Barbados’ first Prime Minister (1966-1976)

[Source: Barbados at War 1939-1945 by Warren Alleyne, privately published 1999, p.9]


In 2008 the Barbados Postal Service issued a set of stamps commemorating their men who served in the Royal Air Force in WW2. More »

JEFFERY – William Wade (Bunny)

2236049 – William Wade Jeffery – British Honduras – Air gunner – Sergeant

Born British Honduras, 1924

Possibly attended a Foreign Service Programme Course at University College Oxford in 1961.  See “Lost List,” p. 93 (explanation);  p. 97 William Wade Jeffery’s name. He would have been 37 at the time.

Later Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works, Communications and Public Utilities.

[Courtesy AD]

William Wade Jeffery RAF and his sister Grace Jeffery, ATS

William (Bunny) Jeffery later permanent Secretary Ministry of Works, Communications & Public Utilities copy

FARRINGTON – Philip Eric

FARRINGTON – Philip Eric

Service no. 1384766


[Lads going to WWII. Front L-R: Hartis Thompson and Philip Farrington.
Back: L-R Garth Johnson, George Moseley, and Warren Lightbourn.
Source: Bahamas Handbook; picture taken from]

Five recruits from the Bahamas

KNOWLES – Wilfred Martin

P/O Wilfred Martin Knowles – 172412  - from Barbados

Pilot of a Lancaster that was killed with his crew on 1 July 1944 over Vierzon (France)

[Courtesy Alain Charpentier]

Lancaster ND975, crashed June 30/1st July 1944, all crew killed
[Source:, read the complete story there, with many details provided by Mr. Charpentier and others, picture below taken from the website]

Knowles 625-squadron



CRANE – Victor Emmanuel

1811267 – Victor Emmanuel Crane – British Guiana [Guyana] – enlisted Euston after December 1941

Entry in Personalities Caribbean4thed. states:  [accessed 27/11/2020]

CRANE, Victor Emanuel, L.L.B. (Lond.); Judge, Court of Appeal since 1968; Editor 2nd Edition Law of Unlawful Possession etc.  BornSept. 18, 1919, Georgetown, Guyana, son of Sir Alfred Crane and his wife Mildred E. neeGarrat, both dec’d.  EducatedQueen’s Coll., Middle Temple, Univ. Coll., London.  Religion:Church of England.  MarriedFeb. 11, 1955, Stella Doreen neeBellamy: 2 sons, 2 daus. (Colin & Edward, Maureen & Ann).  Career: Entered Civil Service, Treasury Dept. 1940-42; R.A.F. Canada and England 1942-46; Read Law at Middle Temple and Univ. Coll., Lond. 1946-49; admitted to practice at the St. Lucia Bar 1949; admitted to practice at the Guyana Bar 1949; apptd. Magistrate 1953; transferred to Nigeria 1956; Chief Magistrate Nigeria 1957-63; held acting appts. of Director of Public Prosecutions and Puisne Judge in Nigeria; re-transferred to Guyana as Puisne Judge, May 1963.  Address: Court ofAppeal, High St., Georgetown, (home) 13 Fifth Ave., Subryanville, Demerara, Guyana.

Victor Emanuel Crane

[Photo: Courtesy Verity Crane (via Bill Hern)]


McKAY – Gerrick Edmond

No 605711 – Gerrick Edmond McKay from Jamaica. Enlisted 18.10.1943 in Canada. Trained as Wireless Operator.

[Source: Forces War Records and National Archives, courtesy Audrey Dewjee]

GE McKay















Gerrick Edmond (called Uncle Son) moved to England during WWII and joined the RAF. Brothers and sisters: Percival (Percy), Lily (married a Carby), Violet (married a Taylor). Family lived in Woodside, St. Mary, and known to have lived in Port Maria. Mother, Minnie Cristinia McKay nee Belnavis and Father, Herbert James McKay.

[Source:, courtesy Audrey Dewjee]

No. 21 Initial Training Wing ( I.T.W. ) Bridlington ( East Riding of Yorkshire - England ) 01


















No.21 Initial Training Wing (I.T.W.), Bridlington, East-Riding, Yorkshire, England;
[Pictures:, courtesy Mehdi Schneyders]

No. 21 Initial Training Wing ( I.T.W. ) Bridlington ( East Riding of Yorkshire - England ) 02

CHIN – Noel Jocelyn

605698 – later Pilot Officer  199984

Noel Jocelyn Chin (cropped)

Born 15 April 1925, Kingston Jamaica.  Attended Kingston College.

In WW2 Noel Jocelyn Chinn was a bomber navigator with RAF Coastal Command, stationed in Scotland.  After the war he obtained a degree as a civil engineer from Loughborough University and returned to Jamaica where he had a distinguished career as a civil engineer, becoming a partner with Hue Lyew Chin Consulting Engineers.  In 1978 he moved to the United States becoming a citizen in 1983.  He continued his career as the City Engineer for Coral Springs until his retirement in 1988.

Noel Chin died on 1 March 2002, leaving his wife Dorothy (whom he married in 1953), three children and six grandchildren.

Noel’s older brother, Arthur Chin survived service in Europe throughout the war but was killed in a flying accident in India in November 1946.  [See separate entry]

[Source: AD]

PEPITUNE – Orlando Joseph (Jose)

1396389 – Orlando Joseph Pepitune

Orlando Pepitune


Orlando Jose Pepitune, a retired shipping and receiving manager for Thompson Equipment Co., died Monday [October 20, 2003] at Metropolitan Hospice. He was 80. Mr. Pepitune was born in Belize City, Belize, and lived in Metairie [Louisiana] for the past 36 years. He was a graduate of St. John’s College in Belize City. He was a member of the Belize Association. During World War II, he served in the British Royal Air Force in England.

(From:  The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) – October 22, 2003)

[Source:  (accessed 03/06/2020); courtesy Audrey Dewejee]


KING – Cecil Percy

Cecil King left the Colony in 1933 at the age of 13, and went to Prior Park College, Bath. He joined the Inner Temple in 1939 to study for the Bar, and entered King’s College, London University, to study for the LL.B. degree. He passed the Intermediate for the LL.B. in 1940.

On the outbreak of; war in 1939, he volunteered for service with the R.A.F. and was called up in June 1940. He received his “‘Wings” in December the same year’ and became a Sergeant Pilot in a Whirlwind Fighter Squadron, with which he has been serving since. He received a commission in 1942 as its Pilot Officer and was awarded the D.F.M. He is now a Flight Officer.

[Source: Saint Stanislaus Magazine, April 1943]


Cecil Percy King

De FREITAS – Celso Lima

1390726 – Celso Lima de Freitas – Warrant Officer

Celso de Freitas joined the Royal Air Force in 1940, and went into action as· a Sergeant-Observer. He took part in the now famous thousand-bomber raids on Cologne and Essen, and during a similar raid on Hamburg his plane was one of those which failed to return. On the way home both engines on one side of the giant bomber were shot away, and the pilot had to make a crash landing. The crew were badly shaken, but managed to get out of their plane and set it on fire; they were taken prisoner only a few miles from the coast.

[Source: Saint Stanislaus Magazine, april 1943] Read more

Celso de Freitas







He was one of the first to sign up from BG. His brother Arlindo de Freitas also signed up shortly afterwards.

Celso is one of the unfortunate prisoners of war who have been put in chains, and in a recent letter he speaks of the new experience of receiving Holy Communion in chains.
Mr. De Freitas was second only to South African, Billy Wade, in cricket batting averages in the POW camps and his style was later compared to Sir Colin Cowdrey. Cricket was going on in the POW camps as exercise and territorial rivalries led to informal “Tests”.  He is mentioned on pages 86/87 of this fascinating document which is a great read.

Celso was head of the British Guiana Volunteer Force (as its Lieutenant Colonel) in the run up to Guyanese independence. His small volunteer corps played a major role in quelling and preventing the political rioting which led up to the independence elections. He received an OBE (Mil) – a military OBE – for his efforts.

[Courtesy: Paul de Freitas]


Aircrew of No.15 Squadron in front of Short Stirling I, December 1941. Celso de Freitas is last row, second from left. (Click to enlarge)

[Source: History of War]





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