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As a young man, Claude Buxton left Antigua in 1919 at the young age of 22, traveling through Europe to England. He served as an ambulance driver in WW1 before settling in Watford where he married Edith, a local girl from Bushey. Together they had four sons and a daughter, becoming the first black family in Watford. The four boys, Allan, Laurie, Alex, and Joe, also known as ‘The Battling Buxtons’, grew up to take the boxing world by storm.

This album documents the career of Laurie Buxton including his time in America, the many characters he met along the way, and one very interesting knockout. The album was purchased in 2018 with the kind support of the Friends of Watford Museum. It was digitised this year thanks to the generous funding from Hertfordshire Association of Museums (HAM).

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