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The Appleton Rum Factory
1940 | Ipswich, St. Elizabeth
Dad's first job was at the Appleton Rum Factory when he was about 17 years old. He knew how to fix bicycles, but heard that there was a job at the rum factory. The day he arrived, the foreman asked if he knew how to fix motors of tractors, and Dad said "yes." He fixed the one that they pointed out, and he had a job.
Joined the army
September 1944 | Kingston, Jamaica
After two conversations with my dad, Kenneth L. Welsh, October 29, 2005, he said that he was actually in the Jamaica Infantry Volunteers (JIV), a militia unit, which was started at the beginning of the War, The Kingston Infantry Volunteers (KIV) only consisted of Kingstonians, and it was disbanded in 1939 and replaced by the JIV, which could have men from all over Jamaica.
He was a member of the Home Guard from September 1944 until December 1944, when he asked for a transfer to the JIV. (The Home Guard was disbanded in 1946.)
He later joined the Jamaica Regiment, First Battalion. Most of the older men that visited my parents' home are old soldiers, who "never die, they just fade away."
1944-45 | Mona Camp and Up Park Camp
Dad was a sentry at these camps.
Caribbean soldiers went to Italy
The West Indies Regiment/Caribbean Regiment went to Italy, then Egypt, then the War ended. (Aston Forrest (a cousin), quoted by Kenneth L. Welsh, June 18, 2006).
17 August 1951 | Jamaican coast
Aug. 17, 1951 - Hurricane Charlie, Kingston/Port Royal/Morant Bay damaged. (Source: Important Dates in the History of Jamaica, NATURAL DISASTERS AND EVENTS IN JAMAICA, http://users.pullman.com/mitchelm/jamaica.htm ). During the hurricane, Kenneth "Noble" Welsh, who was driving a jeep, overturned. While he was trapped in the overturned vehicle, he vowed to God that he would not smoke or drink (alcohol) again.
1952 | Kingston, Jamaica
Kenneth met his cousin Phyllis at Aston Forrest's and Cynthia's wedding. (Later she went to England).
Dad leaves the regulars and joins the reserves
1957 | Kingston, Jamiaca
Kenneth L. Welsh retired from the regular army, First Battalion, Jamaica Regiment, because he had just started a family--about a year after Gaylia was born. He later went into the reserves, Third Battalion.
26 February 1966 | Kingston, Jamaica
Kenneth L. Welsh married Carmen M. Melville were married.
Mom leaves for U.S./Grand aunts arrive
April 1968 | New Jersey
Mom left for the U.S. She was sponsored as a domestic. Dad contacted his Aunts Anita and Emmy to come live with us at Campbell's Blvd.
Grandma and Aunts
June 1969 | Kingston, Jamaica
After Dad left for the U.S., Grandma (Aunt Lue), and Aunts Nellie Melville and Sonia Melville came to live with us at Waltham Park Road.
Bowery Savings Bank
June 1969 | New York, NY
Dad started his 16-year career as a bank guard at the Bowery Savings Bank in the Empire State Building.
Dad came to take us to U.S.
22 September 1971 | Bronx, NY
The week that Dad came to take us to U.S., a hurricane came to Jamaica. It bypassed Kingston and it Negril. A day or so later, we (4 children) flew JFK International Airport.
Dad and I vacationed in Jamaica
August 1979 | Jamaica
Dad and I vacationed in Jamaica. We stayed at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, briefly, before going to Aunt Cherry's house in Cherry Hills.