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Bede Clifford

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Sir Bede Edmund Hugh Clifford GCMG CB MVO 

Thirteenth Governor of Trinidad and Tobago

Was Born on the 3rd July 1890 in the South Island of New Zealand.

Died on 6th October 1969.

He was the third and youngest son of William Hugh Clifford, 10th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh and Catherine Mary Bassett.

He married Alice Devin Gundry, on the 21st October 1925 in Cleveland Ohio.

His family moved to New Zealand and had a sheep farm but went bankrupt, they moved to Tasmania. So he did not attend school until he was ten. 

He attended Melbourne University and joined a firm of surveyors, becoming fourth officer on a tramp steamer.

He served in World War I with a commission in Royal Fusiliers. 

In 1917 he was aide-de-camp, and then private secretary from 1918 to 1920 to  Sir Ronal Munro-Ferguson, Governor General of Australia.

When the Prince of Wales visited Australia he awarded him the M.V.O. in 1920. (The Royal Victorian Order is a British honour. It is given by The Queen, to people who have served her, or the Monarchy personally. MVO -- Member).

He was the Secretary to HRH Prince Arthur of Connaught, the Governor General to South Africa from 1921 to 1924.

He became the Secretary to the Governor General and Commander in Chief of South Africa between 1924 and 1931.

He left south Africa and was appointed Governor of the Bahamas in 1921 at the age of 41, the youngest governor in the Colonial Service, he was Knighted two years later.

He became Governor of Mauritius from 1937 to 1942.

During World War II he became Governor of Trinidad and Tobago. From 1942 to 1946, as there were major concern regarding the Battle of the Atlantic.

He was awarded the United States Legion of Merit. to ad to his CB and KCMG.

Being Commander in Chief and Admiral of Her Majesty's Forces in Trinidad he was addressed by the Army Reserve rank of Captain.

After his retirement he returned to England and bought Queen Anne Farm at Jacobs Well. He designed and built a studio where his wife and daughters painted and made pottery. 

His great granddaughter is Samantha Cameron, wife of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron.