Jeffrey Green

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025: The death of Dr John Alcindor, 1924

Lady Guggisberg, chair of the Gold Coast section of the British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, letter to Dr Alcindor's widow.
Lady Guggisberg, chair of the Gold Coast section of the British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, letter to Dr Alcindor’s widow.

Although Dr Alcindor had gone to Paris earlier in 1924 to separate Anne Coussey from the penniless Langston Hughes, she attended his funeral. F. W. Dore must be Frederick William Dove, of a well-known Sierra Leone family who lived in Lissenden Gardens, London N5 and had written England’s Richest Colony: The Gold Coast (1924) – his son Geoffrey was to be a medical practitioner in west London in the later decades of the century. Samuel Adole Hughes had been active in black political circles in London since 1918; like Blay and Hutchison he was West African with long-standing links in London.

from West Africa (London) 1 November 1924, p 1199
from West Africa (London) 1 November 1924, p 1199

 Robert Broadhurst was an African merchant who influenced West African politics in the 1930s. He was a good friend of John Barbour-James who had been born in British Guiana (Guyana) but worked in the Gold Coast (Ghana) post office from 1902 to 1917. His wife Edith was born in Barbados and had been a head teacher there. They lived in Acton, west London. He was active in the Gold Coast section of the Empire Exhibition along with Governor Gordon Guggisberg’s actress wife Decima Moore whose letter to the doctor’s widow was supplied by the late Frank Alcindor (born 1912).

Miss Ira Aldridge was the daughter of the New York-born actor of that name (died 1867). Bajana was an Indian who played cricket – one of Dr Alcindor’s hobbies. The Easmons were another England-based Sierra Leone family with Dr M. F. C. Easmon working in the Gold Coast (they had been friends of composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor [died 1912] as had Alcindor – and his son Hiawatha Coleridge-Taylor attended the funeral) as was Emma Smith. Her sister was Mrs Casely Hayford. Miss Rhodes was a West African from the island of Fernando Po.
Catholic cemetery, Kensal Green, west London
Catholic cemetery, Kensal Green, west London
Cyril Charles Alcindor, a soldier from the 1930s, took part in the invasion of France in 1944. The Army List April 1945 page 1596 noted he was a 2nd lieutenant, appointed 24 March 1944, in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. A captain, after the war he was one of the two officers who interviewed new National Servicemen to see where the regiment could usefully place them. He died in 1946 and is buried with his father.
Father and son have entries on the Find A Grave site since this page was created – Captain Cyril Alcindor’s shows his name on the Canvey Island war memorial.
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