Stephen Bourne

stephen bourne

THE MOTHERLAND CALLS – BRITAIN’S BLACK SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN 1939-45

(THE HISTORY PRESS, 2012)

THE MOTHERLAND CALLS is Stephen Bourne’s second book to unearth a hidden history of black Britain and the Second World War. This book highlights some of thousands of black British, Caribbean and West African servicemen and women who supported the British war effort from 1939-45. Black volunteers from across the British Empire enthusiastically joined the armed forces and played their part in fighting Nazi Germany and its allies. The Motherland Calls complements Stephen's previous book Mother Country which told the story of the contribution made by black Britons on the Home Front.

Drawing on the author's expert knowledge of the subject, and many years of original research, The Motherland Calls reveals the brave men and women who volunteered to fight the forces of Nazism. These include RAF personnel: Ulric Cross (Trinidad), Cy Grant (Guyana), Billy Strachan & Sam King (Jamaica), Peter Thomas (Nigeria) and Johnny Smythe (Sierra Leone). Army personnel who are highlighted in the book include ‘Joe’ Moody, Lilian Bader & Ramsay Bader (Britain), Connie Mark, who served in the ATS in Jamaica, and Isaac Fadoyebo (Nigeria). Navy personnel include Sid Graham (Britain) and Allan Wilmot (Jamaica).