Windrush: Portrait of a Generation

A photo-essay by Jim Grover


Alford’s story

‘A brilliant life’

Alford was born in Jamaica in 1926, one of ten children. Like many other Jamaicans, when ‘The Mother Country’ called for help during the Second World War Alford responded. He joined the RAF as a motor-mechanic and engineer and arrived in England in 1944 at the age of seventeen.

After the war he returned very briefly to Jamaica before embarking on SS Empire Windrush for Britain in 1948. where he has lived and thrived ever since. He is the father of nine children, grandfather to sixteen, and great-grandfather to twenty.

He is one of the tiny number of original Windrush passengers alive today. He was the guest of honour at the opening of the exhibition, ‘Windrush: Portrait of a Generation’, in May 2018.

You can read his remarkable story here.