Square-shaped brass ashtray of brass with a rounded indentation in each corner. In the centre is a circular enamelled inset, with the text 'S.S. EMPIRE WINDRUSH' in the blue border, and the logo of the New Zealand Shipping Company in the centre, being a St George's flag with 'N' 'Z' 'S' 'Co' in each quarter, and a red-white-blue pennant above.
Leading Aircraftman William Albert Kingman, born 20 July 1923, served in the RAF Regiment during the Second World War, seeing action in northwest Europe as a Gunner with 2872 (Light Anti-Aircraft) Squadron. After reenlisting in 1948, Kingman was assigned to the crew of the SS Empire Windrush for its voyage from Jamaica to England. On board the ship for this journey were 492 West Indians, many of whom were ex-servicemen, having responded to a newspaper advertisement for cheap passage to the UK. This, combined with their new status as British citizens as a result of the British Nationality Act of 1948, opened up new opportunities previously denied to them.
These ashtrays were taken by LAC William Albert Kingman as souvenirs from SS Empire Windrush during its voyage from Jamaica to England, now famous for kickstarting the wave of migration from the Caribbean colonies.