Untold story of hero Harold Moody who saved countless lives in the Blitz

Click yourself onto the Google homepage today and you will see a colourful celebration of the Jamaican-born British doctor Dr Harold Moody.

September 1’s Google Doodle is an illustration of the racial equality campaigner and founder of the UK’s first civil rights movement.

He is depicted in London with two children – who represent the impoverished youth he would treat free of charge.

But one of lesser known facts about Dr Moody is that he played a massive role during the war efforts in London.

Moody arrived in the UK, where he would pursue medical studies at King’s College London, on September 1, 1904.

The racial equality campaigner qualified to practice medicine, finishing top of his class and won numerous academic prizes.

But he was repeatedly refused work due to the colour bar system which denied people opportunities based on race.

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Dr Moody had a reputation for being a compassionate humanitarian, and would always help those in need.

He also focused his attention on combating racial injustice, founding the League of Coloured Peoples in 1931.

Eventually Dr Moody opened his own private medical practice in Peckham.

Here he became heavily involved in organising the community during the Blitz in World War 2.

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In 1944, when bombs fell in south London, the hero was the first doctor on the scene, saving many lives.

Historian and writer Stephen Bourne told BBC: “Harold Moody did an enormous amount for London during the war.

“In 1944 there was a terrible bombing in south London and he was the first doctor on the scene.

“He played an important role in these events, having many lives. Yet this wartime history is not known.

Dr Moody passed away on April 24, 1947.

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