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F. T. Williams

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FT-WilliamsFrederick Theophilus Williams was born in St Paul’s in November 1906. He attended the school run by Sophia Jane Thomas and joined the St. Paul’s Parish Choir.

At an early age he moved to Basseterre where he became an apprentice in the carpenter’s trade at the workshop of his brother, Charles, who was a building contractor.

In the hope of bettering his prospects, Williams travelled to Aruba where he spent a few years. In the 1930s he became involved with others of like mind in improving the conditions of workers in St. Kitts. As a result he joined the Workers’ League and served on its Board of Directors and as its President. He was in the forefront of agitation for new laws relating for the formation of Trade Unions, the Right to Vote and Workmen’s Compensation.

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Sir Dr. The Hon. Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds

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sir-kennedyBorn on 12th April, 1936 in Basseterre St.Kitts, the son of Ms. Brontie Clarke and Mr. Arthur Simmonds.

After attending Private School for his primary education, he received his Elementary Education at the Basseterre Boy’s School.

In 1945, by virtue of his outstanding performance in the entrance examination for the St. Kitts-Nevis Grammar School, he was awarded a Scholarship to enter that Institution.

Those were not the days when education was either free or easily available, and the St. Kitts-Nevis Grammar School was looked upon as a sort of preserve for the offspring of the well off. Unless you were bright enough or lucky enough to win one of the few Scholarships that got you in to receive your Secondary Education, you were left out.

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Bronte Welsh

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brontewelshBronte Agatha Welsh was born in Challengers Village on the 31st  December 1918, the first daughter of Evan and Annie Welsh and the second of their six children. Her early education took place in a small private school. However, at eight years of age she was enrolled at the Basseterre Girls' School. She remained there until she was twelve years of age and had passed through the 7th standard.

Bronte then went on to attend the Girls' High School. However life as a boarder in Basseterre proved to be rather difficult and she opted to return to her home and parents in Challengers and to commute daily to school. The long and uncertain hours of travel affected her work and at sixteen years of age she left school without having sat the Cambridge School Certificate examination.

For about three years she engaged in private teaching, but her true love was nursing. She was able to enter the profession at the age of nineteen, eventually becoming a midwife. For a short while she stopped nursing to work in a pharmacy where she learnt much that would later be of use.

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Sir Clement Arrindell

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Sir-Clement-Arrindel_copySir 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.

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