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In 1897 when Trinidad was a British colony, the Trinidad Police Force sent a contingent to London for the celebrations of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.  This grand occasion  marked the sovereign's 60 years on the throne in service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.


As a senior police officer in Trinidad, my English great-grandfather Alfred Sheppard was among the police chosen to represent the island and take part in the historic celebrations in his homeland.  It must have been a proud and exciting occasion for the family.  He was then forty years old and his Trinidad-born children Charles (my grandfather) and Amalia (Amy Mendes née Sheppard) were twelve and ten years old at the time.


1897 - Trinidad's colonial contingent for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

police officers on right (THE WESTERLY Issue 63, 2012)

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Click on the icon for a description of Queen Victoria's  Diamond Jubilee

The full story of Alfred Sheppard can be seen here.

"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them." ~ James Baldwin

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