Alfred Savage

Sir Alfred William Lungley Savage (5 May 1903 – 5 March 1980)[1] was the Governor of Barbados in 1949–51,[2] and the colonial Governor of British Guiana in 1953–55.

On 9 October, 1953, upon instruction from Winston Churchill to stop what the Colonial Office called a brewing "Communist conspiracy", Savage dismissed the democratically elected government of Cheddi Jagan, suspended the constitution, and took full control of the colony, with the help of British troops.[3] This took place just months after Jagan took office in 1953.

Savage was not particularly worried either before or after the intervention about communist influence in British Guiana. Savage was replaced by Sir Patrick Muir Renison in 1955, after Alan Lennox-Boyd had become uneasy about Savage and wanted a more forceful hand in Georgetown.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sir Alfred William Savage". Munzinger.de.
  2. ^ "Caribbean Barbados". British Empire. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  3. ^ Rabe, Stephen G. (2005). U.S. intervention in British Guiana : a Cold War story ([Online-Ausg.] ed.). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. pp. 41–42. ISBN 0-8078-5639-8.
  4. ^ Rabe, Stephen G. (2005). U.S. intervention in British Guiana : a Cold War story ([Online-Ausg.] ed.). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. pp. 39–40, 49. ISBN 0-8078-5639-8.
Government offices
Preceded by Governor of Barbados
1949–1953
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of British Guiana
1953–1955
Succeeded by