NJCT Blue Plaque For Larry Gains

by The Gains Family in Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom

NJCT Blue Plaque For Larry  Gains

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We are raising Funds to put up a Nubian Jak historic blue plaque to commemorate Larry Samuel Gains.

by The Gains Family in Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom


Lawrence Samuel "Larry" Gains was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 12 December 1900. Gains was one of the top heavyweights of his era, but was denied the opportunity to fight for the British Championship and the World Championship due to the rules against black boxers competing for the titles, instead competing for the 'Coloured Heavyweight Championship of the World', a title that he won in 1928 and 1935. He defeated Phil Scott and become the British Heavyweight Empire champion in 1931.

Larry Gains in Training


Boxing Match Primo Carnera
He beat Max Schmeling in1925 in Germany. Max schmeling was a top Heavyweight Boxer. In 1927 Larry became Canadian Heavyweight Champion. In 1932 Larry defeated 6ft 6 Primo Carnera in front of 70,000 people at White City, London. Larry was the first Black boxer to fight in the Royal Albert hall. Larry had a great friendship with Ernest Hemingway who was an American novelist and short storey writer. A letter which Larry wrote to him is in the J.F Kennedy Museum in Boston USA. Gains boxed around the world and had an incredible boxing career.


Larry Gains Wikipedia
Larry married Lisa who was German and they had four children Betty, Harold, Anne and Jack. They Settled down in Leicester and then Shoeburyness in United Kingdom.


In 1939 Larry joined the British Army as a physical training instructor. He served as a sergeant major in the Pioneer Corps in the Middle East. 


1711020694_img_2379.jpegAfter boxing, Larry had a boxing club next to the Shoeburyness public house. Many world champions visited there and trained there before big fights. Larry trained young adults as well. The Shoeburyness public house is now called Shoeburyness Hotel. Gains went on to be the singer/drummer in a hotel band in Southend on Sea, Essex.



In 1976 my great grandad Larry published his Autobiography. The Impossible Dream, the title a reference to his dream of becoming World Champion.“For me, the world title was always the impossible dream, the unreachable star”, Gains said shortly before his death. “The politics of the day was against it. But I have no bitterness or regrets”.

 He was the president of The London ex boxing Association (1976-1983). He sadly passed away in 1983 in Cologne, Germany. He was cremated at Croydon Cemetery in London.


Larry was inducted into the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2023 the Government of Canada commemorates the national historic significance of Larry Gains at a special plaque unveiling ceremony at the Cabbagetown Boxing Club in Toronto. Also in 2023 Larry Gains was inducted into the British boxing Hall of Fame.


Larry had an epic life and he was full of life. He was a true Gentleman and had a big heart and helped a lot of people. It would be a great honour to reach the target to get a  
blue plaque , to be made for him to celebrate his achievements and for what he done in his community. Blue Plaques are associated with English Heritage. Together with Nubian Jak community Trust we would like to commemorate, Larry Gains historically Nubian Jak commemorative blue plaque to be mounted at The Shoeburyness Hotel.

The Nubian Jak Community Trust (NJCT), is the only commemorative plaque and sculpture scheme focused on memorialising the historic contributions of Black and minority ethnic people in Britain and beyond.

Nubian Jak community Trust


By donating to this campaign, you'll help ensure that Larry's legacy is forever enshrined in history. Your contribution will go directly towards the production and installation of the plaque, ensuring that future generations remember and honor this remarkable athlete. Join us in honouring Larry Gains's legacy and preserving his impact on the world of boxing and the work he done in his community.

Any additional funds raised will be allocated to support the grassroots of boxing and provide opportunities for kids at the Southend Boxing Club.

Plaque and Unveiling

We hope that all donors and patrons will join us for the momentous unveiling. All details about events to mark the unveiling will be published on this project page in due course.

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