Lance Hayward
Born June 17, 1916

Despite being blind from infancy, Lancelot Hayward became one of Bermuda's most respected and best-loved musicians. Largely self-taught, he played with most of Bermuda's popular bands of the post-war era as well as fronting his own groups and trios.

During the heyday of Bermuda's hotel and nightclub scene in the 1950s and 1960s, Hayward was in demand as an accompanist by star singers who performed in Bermuda, such as Marvin Gaye, Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan.

He performed with jazz legends like Arthur Prysock, Joe Williams, Buddy Rich and George Benson, and in 1987 recorded an album with legendary jazz bassist Milt Hinton. He also appeared on television and radio in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan.

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First Boer prisoners arrive
June 28, 1901

The first contingent of Boer War prisoners arrived aboard the SS Armenian. Over the next 18 months, Bermuda would receive more than 4,000 Boer War POWs, ranging in age from eight to 80.

They were placed in internment camps erected in the islands in the Great Sound—Tucker’s, Morgan’s, Port’s, Hawkins, Darrell’s and Burt. 

The POWS were casualties of the war that had broken out in 1899 in South Africa between the Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers, and British settlers. When increased numbers of POWs outgrew facilities in South Africa, the British authorities established interment camps in Bermuda, St. Helena, India and Ceylon.

Most POWs were repatriated to South Africa at the end of the war or moved to North America. Carvings they made as POWs are now collectors’ items.

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