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Samuel Wilson

Sir Samuel Herbert Wilson

Eight Governor of Trinidad and Tobago

Brigadier-General Sir Samuel Herbert Wilson GCMG KCB KBE

Born in 1873

Died in 1950



GCMG --- Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross

KCB -- Knight Commander

KBE -- Knight Commander or Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.


Assistant Secretary to Imperial Defence, and Secretary to Overseas Defence Committee from 1911 to 1914.

Served as General Staff, European War from 1914 to 1918.

Home Ports Defence Committee and Imperial Communications Committee from 1918 to 1921. 

Served as Governor and Commander in Chief to Trinidad and Tobago between 1921 and 1924.


On the recommendation of the then colonial secretary, Winston Churchill. The colony was at the time enjoying a period of political calm and relative prosperity. His governorship was marked by preparations for constitutional change to provide for the election, under a limited franchise, of seven members to the legislative council, hitherto entirely nominated, a change that only came into effect after his departure.


Captain-General and Governor in Chief to Jamaica from 1924 and 1925.

Permanent Under-Secretary at the Colonial Office from 1925 to 1933.

A football enthusiast, he offered a Wilson Cup for a competition which did much to improve the standard of Trinidad football in the 1920s.

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