Africa, the Blitz and Nixon: the life of Dorothy Purser

Lieutenant Colonel Dorothy Purser was a Jamaican pharmacist and midwife who travelled to London during the Blitz to train as a Salvation Army officer. During her career she served in the UK, the West Indies and the United States. Dorothy had two assignments at Mother’s Hospital, Clapton, London, first as an officer in 1941, and […]


This project is still a work in progress and each day we’re finding more information about the people and places that made black London in World War II. If you’re a researcher who has found something we’ve missed, or perhaps if you know someone from your circle of family and friends who was in London […]