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Heritage plaque tribute to doctor who treated wounded soldiers as they returned from First World War battlefields

A blue heritage plaque at the site of John Alcindor's Harrow Road surgery

Published: 25 July, 2014
by WILLIAM McLENNAN
william@westendextra.com

A PADDINGTON doctor’s First World War heroics have been recognised with the unveiling of a new blue heritage plaque at the site of his former surgery in Harrow Road.

John Alcindor, who was born in Trinidad and was active in the African Progress Union, served as a volunteer medic, despite being rejected from the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1914 because of his “colonial origin.” Instead, he served Britain by helping wounded soldiers at London railway stations as they returned from the battlefields.

Bar Holmes, a granddaughter of Dr Alcindor, said: “We are immensely proud of his passion both for helping those who could not afford to pay for GP services in those days, and for his fight to promote racial equality at that time. We very much appreciate that his efforts have been recognised with this plaque.”

Jeff Green, a London historian, said: “For over 20 years Dr Alcindor aided thousands of people in Paddington. He was also a respected cricketer, Catholic, and president of the African Progress Union. 

“His death at the age of 50 was a great loss to the sick and to the Caribbean and African community.”

The tribute was erected by the Nubian Jak Community Trust, with support from the Edward Harvist Trust and Westminster Council, as part of the international centenary to commemorate the Great War.

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