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Sir Clement Arrindell


Sir-Clement-ArrindelSir Clement, St. Kitts and Nevis’ first Governor General, Sir Clement Arrindell GCMG, GCVO, QC who was also served as the last Governor of St. Kitts and Nevis, post-independence from 1980 to 1983 was sworn in as Governor General on September 18th 1983 upon independence and served until his retirement in 1996.

Before this, Sir Clement, a barrister was a magistrate in St. Kitts and Nevis and the British Virgin Islands and a judge of the West Indies Associated States Supreme Court.

Sir Clement, who was born in Basseterre on 19th April, 1931, to Mr. George and Mrs. Hilda Arrindell, was a product of the St. Kitts Grammar School and went on to study law at Lincoln’s Inn. He was called to the Bar in 1958 and worked as a civil servant and as a barrister in private practice until his appointment as a Magistrate in 1964.

Sir Clement Arrindell was an eminent member of the legal profession. He served as a Magistrate at home in St. Kitts as well as in the British Virgin Islands before later becoming a puisne judge of the then West Indies Associated States Supreme Court in 1978. This body became the OECS Supreme Court that we are today familiar with. His tenure on the court ended with his elevation to the governor’s office in 1981 after which he gave sterling service as Governor General from 1983 until his retirement in 1996. Sir Clement Athelston Arrindell was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1983.

Sir Clement departed this life on the afternoon of Saturday, 26th March, 2011.

Governor General 1983-1996

Born:                19th April 1931

Parents:            George and Hilda Arrindell

Education:         Private School and Basseterre Boys School

1944-49           St. Kitts Grammar School

1956                Admitted to Lincoln’s Inn, London

1958                Barrister at Law, called to the Bar in England and in St. Kitts


Career:             1949-56    Civil servant

1958-64           Private legal practice

1964-66            Acting Magistrate

1966-78             Magistrate

1978-80           Acting Puisne Judge of the West Indies Associated State in Montserrat, with   additional responsibilities for the British Virgin Island

1980-1981         Puisne Judge

1981                Governor of the State of St. Kitts and Nevis


1983                Received Knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II

1996                 Retirement


Died:       26th March 2011

(some information was obtained from St. Kitts National Archives)

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