Guardsman Winston Lindsay

Newspapers in January 1990 carried the story of Winston Lindsay's legal battle with the Ministry of Defence. He was the second black Guardsman to serve in the Grenadier Guards, after Richard Stokes. He brought charges of bullying and racial taunting whilst he was serving for 10 months. He went AWOL (Absent Without Leave) in 1988 and was later dismissed for failure to disclose an assault conviction. He had been dismissed from a job and re-applied to join the army in August 1989. At a preliminary tribunal hearing on 22 Jan 1990 he was told that he had the right to argue that the refusal to re-enlist him amounted to racial discrimination and victimisation. At first the Ministry of Defence objected to the tribunal's statement but later withdrew the objection.

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