In the Imperial War Museum in London, sits a photo of a Bahamian, determined to serve in World War II. His name was William Fleming, and all it says next to his photo is that he travelled a long way, to eventually get to Scotland, in order to join the Royal Navy.
On his coat, he wears the name of his country, BAHAMAS!
“WILLIAM FLEMING CAME 4,000 MILES TO JOIN THE NAVY. 27 NOVEMBER 1943, ABERDEEN. WILLIAM FLEMING, OF NASSAU, BAHAMAS, TRAVELLED 4,000 MILES BY AIR, LAND, AND SEA TO JOIN UP AND IS NOW SERVING ON BOARD A MOTOR TORPEDO BOAT OF THE ROYAL NAVY.”