Sir Hubert Elvin Rance

Sir Hubert Elvin Rance had played a key part in the independence of Burma on independence day, 4 January 1948. He had not not enjoyed good health during his Burma career and was in hospital more than once with amoebic dysentery. A less taxing assignment awaited him in May 1948 when he was appointed chairman of a Standing Closer Association committee in the West Indies. The committee reported in March 1950, recommending federation as the shortest path to independence within the Commonwealth for the territories of the British Caribbean. Rance was further involved in the federal project as governor of Trinidad and Tobago between 1950 and 1955, but the West Indies Federation, created in 1958, survived only four years.

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