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Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados

Errol Walton Barrow

Errol Walton Barrow Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, May 27, 2019
1. Errol Walton Barrow Marker

The Barbados Cruising Club Salutes the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow
On this Errol Barrow Day, January 21, 2018, the Barbados Cruising Club dedicates this memorial at our Aquatic Gap, Pebbles Beach home, to our first Treasurer and founding member, the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow.

The Right Excellent Errol Barrow, PC, QC (January 21, 1920- June 1, 1987) was born in the parish of St. Lucy, and educated at Wesley Hall Boys' School, Combermere Secondary, Harrison College, Inns of Court and the London School of Economics. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1940 where he flew bombing missions over Europe in World War II as Flying Officer and then personal navigator to the Commander-in-Chief, Sir William Sholto Douglas. Barrow founded the Democratic Labour Party in 1955 and the Barbados Cruising Club in 1957, serving as its first Treasurer. In 1961, Barrow became Premier of a pre-Independence Barbados, and on November 30, 1966 led the island to Independence from Great Britain and became the first Prime Minister. A champion of great social, political, and economic reform in Barbados, Barrow also spearheaded Caribbean
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unity culminating with the co-signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973.

In 1998, an Act of Parliament declared Errol Barrow a National Hero and his birthday, January 21st, a National holiday in Barbados. The Dipper, as he was known to his friends, was a keen sailor and famously took the Barbadian Cabinet to an intergovernmental conference in St. Vincent aboard the sailing yacht Ecstacy, which is still sailing in Carlisle Bay today. The Barbados Cruising Club honours the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow by holding our annual Round Barbados Race on his birthday and are proud to commemorate him for his immeasurable contributions to our Club and the island of Barbados.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraGovernment & PoliticsPatriots & PatriotismWar, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is January 21, 2018.
Location. 13° 4.923′ N, 59° 36.563′ W. Marker is in Bridgetown, Saint Michael. Marker is on Aquatic Gap just west of Hastings Main Road (Route H7), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bridgetown, Saint Michael BB14038, Barbados. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commissariat for the British Commission (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Barbados Military Cemetery (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Monument to Those Lost in the 1831 Hurricane
Errol Walton Barrow Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, May 27, 2019
2. Errol Walton Barrow Marker
The Barbados Cruising Club can be seen behind the marker.
(approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Commonwealth War Graves (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Royal Artillery Barracks (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Main Guard (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Engineer’s Office & Quarters (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Memorial to Barbadian Merchant Seamen of World War II (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bridgetown.
Also see . . .  Errol Walton Barrow. (Submitted on June 8, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.)
Errol Walton Barrow's grave image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, May 27, 2019
3. Errol Walton Barrow's grave
Barrow's grave is at the nearby Barbados Military Cemetery. It reads:

In memory of Flying Officer Errol Walton Barrow
Navigator Royal Air Force
World War Two
and Primer Minister of Barbados
Died in office 1 June 1987
Aged 67 years
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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