Greystone Doyle Cumberbatch

Greystone Doyle Cumberbatch

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.

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Barbados Second Contingent

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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.

By Bob Cumberbatch

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War Graves St Swithuns

War Graves at St Swithuns

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

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DNA Project Background

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The Background to the Cumberbatch DNA Project

The DNA Project will help to discover where people with this surname came from and how they are related. DNA can help to plug the gaps caused by a lack of paper records and can offer new avenues for research and further discovery. For instance, are all of the spelling variations derived from a single common ancestor? The paper records have not been able to reveal this. However, without the traditional paper based research the DNA results would be impossible to understand.

This will be a complex DNA Project for a three primary reasons: 1) For the Cumberbatchs with English origins some individuals changed their surname from Comberbach or Cumberbatch to another. 2) Abraham Cumberbatch, the first Cumberbatch to arrive in Barbados, died with only daughters. His grandson changed his surname from Carleton to Cumberbatch in order to inherit. So the Y-DNA link to Bristol and Cheshire does not exist. 3) Finally, freed Barbados slaves took the surname from 1834 so whilst there are many called Cumberbatch I cannot tell how many may be genetically related.

Discover your Cumberbatch ancestry, your roots and your genetic cousins.

By Bob Cumberbatch

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