Sir Bede Edmund Hugh Clifford

In 1942 Clifford was appointed governor of Trinidad, a very sensitive area in the U-boat campaign during World War Two. His main task was to resolve the friction between the resident British and American admirals, and this he was able to do with tact and firmness. In appreciation he was awarded the Legion of Merit by the United States government. He was also able to negotiate an agreement with Venezuela over the demarcation of the sea bed of the gulf between the two countries for oil exploration and exploitation. Clifford was also responsible for setting up systems to deal with the large numbers of survivors from vessels sunk by U-boats and at times up to four and five hundred were in the clearing stations.

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