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John Paul (colonial administrator)

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Monarch  Elizabeth II
Name  John Paul
Nationality  British
Succeeded by  Sir Nigel Cecil
Preceded by  Sir Peter Stallard

John Paul (colonial administrator) John Paul Jones
Full Name  John Warburton Paul
Died  31 March 2004(2004-03-31) (aged 88)
Spouse(s)  (Kathleen) Audrey Weeden

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Sir John Warburton Paul (29 March 1916 – 31 March 2004) a British colonial administrator and civil servant, who most notably served as the final Governor of the Gambia (1962–1965) and Governor of the Bahamas (1972–1973) prior to both of those countries achieving independence from the United Kingdom. Paul also served as the first Governor-General of the Gambia from 1965 to 1966, the Governor of British Honduras from 1966 to 1972, the first Governor-General of the Bahamas in 1973, and the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man from 1974 to 1980.


John Paul (colonial administrator) John Paul Jones Wikipedia


Paul was educated at Weymouth College and Selwyn College, Cambridge. He was commissioned into the Royal Tank Corps Supplementary Reserve in 1937 and into the regular Royal Tank Regiment in 1938. He won a Military Cross for his bravery during the German invasion of France in 1940. However, he was captured by the Germans in 1940 and was a prisoner of war until the end of the war in 1945. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1941 and Captain in 1946 and resigned his commission in 1947. He then entered colonial administration, serving in Sierra Leone in various positions until that country's independence in 1961. He was knighted in 1962.

He served as governor of the Gambia from 1962 to 1965, when it gained independence, and then served as the first governor-general of the Gambia until 1966 when he was replaced by a Gambian. He then went to British Honduras (now Belize) of which he served as governor until 1972. He dealt with demonstrations which were sparked by rumours that the territory would be annexed by Guatemala.

Paul then went to the Bahamas where he worked for one year. He served as governor until that country gained independence on 10 July 1973. He then served as governor-general of the Bahamas until the end of that month.

Finally, Paul served as lieutenant governor of the Isle of Man from 1974 to 1980. He then retired from colonial administration.

Personal life

Paul married (Kathleen) Audrey Weeden in 1946. They had three daughters and were married for 58 years, until he died in March 2004. Audrey died in December 2004.


John Paul (colonial administrator) Wikipedia

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