(c.1928–1966). The first black British boxer to win a world title. Born in Leamington Spa in the Midlands, Turpin was the last of five children. His father, Lionel, originated from British Guiana, and, after fighting in the First World War, had settled in Britain. Less than a year after Turpin's birth his father suddenly died, leaving Beatrice Turpin a widow and single mother. Struggling to survive, she later remarried and settled in Warwick, where Turpin spent his formative years.
From The Oxford Companion to Black British History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: British History.