Sir Hubert Winthrop Young

World War Two complicated Sir Hubert Winthrop Young governorship especially after the lend lease deals with the United States. He attempted to safeguard the interests of the colony and his own authority as governor in the presence of a considerable American air, land, and naval force. In this difficult task he fell foul of an unsatisfactory and unco-operative American commanding officer, whose reports about Young led to complaints by General Marshall to Winston Churchill in Washington in 1942. In the interests of harmonious relations at this critical time, Churchill instructed the colonial secretary in February to replace him. He was given no opportunity to defend himself. His health prevented him from accepting another post, and much of his heavy wartime work in Trinidad was done despite a warning heart attack. During his tenure though labour, hospitals, and housing occupied his special attention.

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