John Paul (colonial administrator)

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His Excellency
Sir John Paul
GCMG OBE MC
Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
In office
1974–1980
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Sir Peter Stallard
Succeeded by Sir Nigel Cecil
Governor-General of the Bahamas
In office
1973–1973
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Milo Butler
Governor of the Bahamas
In office
14 May 1972 – 10 July 1973
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Francis Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming-Bruce
Succeeded by Position abolished
Governor of British Honduras
In office
11 July 1966 – 26 January 1972
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Peter Stallard
Succeeded by Richard Posnett
Governor-General of the Gambia
In office
18 February 1965 – 9 February 1966
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Dawda Jawara
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Farimang Mamadi Singateh
Governor of the Gambia
In office
29 March 1962 – 18 February 1965
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Dawda Jawara
Preceded by Edward Henry Windley
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born John Warburton Paul
29 March 1916
Weymouth, Dorset
Died 31 March 2004(2004-03-31) (aged 88)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) (Kathleen) Audrey Weeden
Children Three daughters
Alma mater Selwyn College, Cambridge
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1937–1947
Rank Captain
Battles/wars World War II

Sir John Warburton Paul GCMG OBE MC (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.

Early life and education[edit]

Paul was born in Weymouth, Dorset, and attended Weymouth College. He went on to study at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Military service[edit]

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.[1]

Colonial career[edit]

Following the war, Paul entered colonial administration, serving in various position in Sierra Leone until its independence in 1961. He was knighted in 1962, becoming the Governor of the Gambia. He served until that country's independence in February 1965, and became its first Governor-General. In 1966, he was replaced in this role by a Gambian doctor. He then went on to become Governor of British Honduras, from 1966 to 1972. He dealt with demonstrations which were sparked by rumours that the territory was to be annexed by Guatemala.[1]

Paul then went on to become the last Governor of the Bahamas, serving from 1972 to 1973. He continued to serve as acting Governor-General for a period in 1973 following independence. His last role in the colonial service was a Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, which he held from 1974 to 1980. Following that he retired from colonial administration.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Paul married (Kathleen) Audrey Weeden in 1946.[1] They had three daughters[1] and were married for 58 years, until he died in March 2004. Audrey died in December 2004.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Obituary: Sir John Paul Daily Telegraph, 8 April 2004
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Edward Henry Windley
Governor of The Gambia
1962–1965
Post abolished
New creation Governor-General of The Gambia
1965–1966
Succeeded by
Farimang Mamadi Singateh
Preceded by
Sir Peter Stallard
Governor of British Honduras
1966–1972
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Neil Posnett
Preceded by
Lord Thurlow
Governor of the Bahamas
1972–1973
Post abolished
New creation Governor-General of the Bahamas July 1973 Succeeded by
Sir Milo Butler
Preceded by
Sir Peter Stallard
Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
1974–1980
Succeeded by
Sir Nigel Cecil