The Barbados Second Contingent were recruited specifically for the RAF and left Barbados in November 1940 to join the armed forces fighting World War 2.
The 12 men selected included Errol W. Barrow, who would survive the war, enter politics and eventually become Barbados' first Prime Minister (1966 - 1976).
It also included Grey Doyle Cumberbatch born 1921 in St Lucy, Barbados.
We Will Remember Them
Six World War 2 graves at St Swithun's, Long Bennington, Lincolnshire, England. Immaculately maintained by Mr George Hamblet for many years.
This is especially touching as none of the men were from Long Bennington. Three of the men were from Canada, one from Barbados and two from England. Normally, and at the request of the families, the bodies were transported to the areas where their families lived.
One of the graves belongs to Greystone Doyle Cumberbatch born St Lucy, Barbados in 1921.By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org
Barbados' Second Contingent - RAF
Greystone Grey Doyle Cumberbatch was killed when his Lancaster bomber crashed whilst attempting to land at an airfield in England during World War II.
Grey was born in St Lucy, Barbados on 2 June 1921 and was one of twelve of Barabdos' "Second Contingent".
He was the only son of Charles Wilkinson Cumberbatch and Octavia Cecily Clementina née Leacock.
By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org