A Jamaican in Lincolnshire
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216 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

25 b/w illus.

Series: Publications of the Lincoln Record Society: Occasional Series

Series Vol. Number: 3

Imprint: Lincoln Record Society

A Jamaican in Lincolnshire

From the wartime RAF to a Life in Boston

by Ralph Ottey

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Ralph Ottey's memoir provides fascinating detail about his life, from his birth and childhood in Little London, Jamaica to his wartime years in the RAF and his post-war career in Lincolnshire. The first part of the book describes the details of his life, social activities, family networks and education in Little London in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1944, Ralph joined the RAF and the second section of this work describes his experience of training and serving in the forces in England during the war and the way in which he was prepared for 'civvy street' at the end of the war. The final section of the book describes his life and work in Boston Lincolnshire since 1948, including his family, his experience of working with businesses large and small over forty years, and his passion for cricket.
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction

Part 1: Little London, Jamaica and Me, 1924-1944
1. Growing up in Little London
2. My family and home life
3. Leaving school and preparing for war

Part 2: In the Royal Air Force, 1944-1948
4. To England for training
5. Learning a trade
6. To Lincolnshire I go
7. Love and the Gliderdrome
8. Preparing for civvy street
9. To Jamaica and back

Part 3: Life in Boston from 1948
10. You'll never get a job here
11. Cricket, cricket, cricket
12. The early years of my wholesale career
13. Into the 'Swinging 60s'
14. Jamaican homecoming
15. Wholesale expansion
16. All change again
17. Retirement and after

RALPH OTTEY was born in 1924 and grew up in Little London, Jamaica before joining the RAF during the war. After the war he remained in the UK, living and working with his family in Boston, Lincolnshire.

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9781910653111

June 2024

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Title Details

216 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

25 b/w illus.

Series: Publications of the Lincoln Record Society: Occasional Series

Series Vol. Number: 3

Imprint: Lincoln Record Society