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This Certificate of Nationality and Identity Issued to a British Colonial Seaman was issued in Kingstown (formerly Port Royal), Jamaica, to John Freeman on 18 January 1937. The document identifies him as 'a BRITISH SUBJECT BY BIRTH' and in the category 'Race and Caste (or Tribe and Sub-Tribe)' as 'West-Indian'.

John Freeman was born in Port Royal on 15 September 1899 to his father Thomas Freeman. When the certificate was issued in 1937, Thomas Freeman was deceased. This certificate issued to British seamen did not include an entry for the identification of mothers and so offers no information about John Freeman's mother.

The certificate includes a portrait photograph of John Freeman, his signature and the impression of his left thump print. The number of this certificate is also entered into John Freeman's Continuous Certificate of Discharge by a Cardiff Police officer on 6 March 1937 in order to verify his British nationality in his Merchant Navy documents.

This document was brought to the attention of the U-Boat Project 1914-18 by John Freeman's daughter, Beryl Makkers (née Freeman), who kindly allowed us to scan it.

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