Dorrel L. Green-Briggs grew up in Tottenham, North London. She is the only daughter of Jamaican-born parents, who came to England during the 1950s Windrush Era. While working toward her master’s degree at London Metropolitan University, her mother inspired her to write about Caribbean women’s migration and Windrush experiences for her dissertation. Her mother was the first candidate she interviewed.
The Caribbean ex-servicemen were initially identified as the first migrant passenger group on board HMS Windrush. The women migrants were overlooked according to the writing of James and Harris. They identified up to 600 West Indian women recruited for the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) – many of who arrived in November 1943. Their important stories are untold.
Dorrel L. Green-Briggs examines the consequences of the well-documented recruitment programmes of the British Government that brought the Caribbean people to work on public transport and in hospitals.
The British Government and British companies like London Transport and, the newly formed National Health Service recruited these men and women in the Caribbean to help rebuild post-war Britain. Such information must be made readily available in schools and in history books as they paint a different truth of Britain in the 1940s to 1960s.