Story of a British Railways Guard Disappears from the History Books

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Asquith Xavier was a British Railways employee who lived in Chatham and worked in London. His name entered the history books because he fought for his human right to work when companies in Britain would only employee people who were white.

July 15th 1966 was a moment in history that has long been forgotten. On that day British Railways announced a change in equality in the workplace and the idea of a solely white workforce was to be abolished.

Mr Asquith Xavier was invited to Britain from the West Indies, he was part of the Windrush generation who arrived as a British citizen when the country was being rebuilt after two world wars. The transport system we know and love today wouldn’t have been so great if it wasn’t for the hard work of the Windrush generation as they took on a lot of roles that white British citizens didn’t want to do.

It is important that we do not forget the contributions of railwaymen Like Asquith who paved the way for many people. In rememberance we can move forward, leave behind the prejudice of the past and start treating the worlds population as equals.

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