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Albert Jarrett, aged 98, has died, the RAF has announced (Picture: Crown).
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Jamaican-born RAF war veteran Albert Jarrett dies aged 98

The former airman recently took part in the Queen's Baton Relay ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

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Albert Jarrett, aged 98, has died, the RAF has announced (Picture: Crown).

The Royal Air Force has announced the death of Albert Jarrett, a veteran of the Second World War who later returned to Britain as part of the Windrush Generation.

In 1942, Mr Jarrett joined the RAF aged 17 by starting basic training in Jamaica, where he was born and raised. 

A year later, he crossed the Atlantic and continued his training at RAF Melksham before postings to maintenance units, working mainly in logistics.

Mr Jarrett served at RAF Sutton Coldfield and RAF Grantham before demobilising in 1946 and returning to Jamaica.

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Albert Jarrett joined the RAF in Jamaica at the age of 17 in 1942 (Picture: Crown).

In 1953, Mr Jarrett returned to the UK and settled in Birmingham, where he later met retired Warrant Officer Donald Campbell.

The pair founded The Forgotten Generations, a charitable archive highlighting the contributions to the Armed Forces of British African and Caribbean people.

Last year, after inquiries to the Ministry of Defence, Mr Jarrett belatedly received his War Service Medal. 

In June this year, at a Platinum Jubilee reception at 10 Downing Street, Mr Jarrett received a Points of Light Award for people who create change in their communities. 

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In July 2022, Albert carried the Queen's Baton ahead of the Commonwealth Games (Picture: Crown).

In July, Mr Jarrett carried the Queen’s Baton on its relay before the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. 

During his leg of the relay, Mr Jarrett was pushed in a wheelchair by his old friend, former Warrant Officer Donald Campbell.

Mr Jarrett leaves behind his widow, Shirley.