The 'Windrush' arrives from Jamaica, 21 June 1948.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of SS Empire Windrush docking at Tilbury, having sailed from Australia via Jamaica, with crowds of waving passengers, taken by Jones for the Daily Herald newspaper. During the war, thousands of men and women from the Carribbean were recruited to serve in the armed forces and aid the labour shortage in Britain. When Windrush stopped in Jamaica to pick up servicemen, many others, having seen the 'Daily Gleaner' newspaper advertising the journey for £28.10, decided to make the journey as well. Windrush left Kingston, Jamaica on 24 May with nearly 500 passengers. The immigrants were not allowed ashore until the next day, after they had gone through the customary check-up.