Gibraltar Camp Jamaica

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It wasn’t the first time that the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus Public Relations office had called to say they had someone from Gibraltar in their office and could I help! I’ve done research on UWI’s history and specifically on Gibraltar Camp where thousands of Gibraltarian evacuees, Jewish refugees and others found haven from displacement during World War 2.

HELMET HISTORY

The University (College) of the West Indies came into being in the aftermath of World War II (1939-1945), on the grounds of a military camp which had taken over the grounds of a previous civilian evacuee and refugee camp. Indeed the soldiers moved off the site at the end of 1947 to make room for the university’s advent; and the name Gibraltar Camp is still part of the UWI heritage.
One tangible artefact at the UWI Museum helps tell that story, hence its value is significant though it is one of millions produced.

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