Next Wednesday evening talk

On Wed 8 December, Michael Howard-Kyan will be talking on his epic Africa journey by motorcycle. More details nearer the time.

This talk is in Combe Down Primary School hall; the entrance is on Summer Lane, BA2 5JX. The talk starts, as usual, at 7.30pm. CDHS Members £1, Visitors £3. All tickets on the door.

Black GIs in the West Country

Monday 8 November saw a webinar on local wartime history. This fascinating evening brought two stories of how America’s racial relations and civil rights movement came to the West Country during the Second World War. Although not organised by CDHS, we are sure that these talks will be of interest to our members.

To begin, Professor Mary Louise Roberts from the University of Wisconsin, USA, related the amazing story of Leroy Henry, an African-American soldier who was saved from a hanging after an incident in Combe Down.

This was followed by Kate Werran, who talked about the dramatic ‘wild west’ shoot-out that took place in Launceston, Cornwall between black American GIs and military police.

Thanks to Tanya Parker of the South West TUC, we can now post the recording of these two talks on our website.

More details of the Leroy Henry case can be found on the website of Robert Walsh, a freelance writer based in Cornwall.