Bede Clifford

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Bede Edmund Hugh Clifford

Sir Bede Edmund Hugh Clifford GCMG CB MVO (1890 – 6 October 1969) was a New Zealand diplomat and colonial administrator.[1]

His parents were William Hugh Clifford, 10th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh and Catherine Mary Bassett. After serving as an army captain in the Royal Fusiliers during World War I, he worked in imperial administration and diplomacy. He was Governor of the Bahamas from 1932 to 1934,[2] and then was the 24th Governor of Mauritius from 23 October 1937 to 16 April 1942.[3] He then became Governor of Trinidad and Tobago from 1942 to 1947.

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

Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles William James Orr
Governor of the Bahamas
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Dundas
Preceded by
Sir Wilfrid Edward Francis Jackson
Governor of Mauritius
Succeeded by
Sir Donald Mackenzie-Kennedy
Preceded by
Sir Hubert Winthrop Young
Governor of Trinidad and Tobago
Succeeded by
Sir John Valentine Wistar Shaw


  1. ^ ‘CLIFFORD, Captain Hon. Sir Bede Edmund Hugh’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2014
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