Arrangements in place to commemorate retirement of Sir Cuthbert

His Excellency the Governor General Sir Cuthbert Sebastian addressing the troops at Camp Springfield following the 29th Anniversary of Independence Parade.



Photo 2 : Sir Cuthbert, flanked by Commander of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, Lt. Colonel Patrick Wallace (left) and Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Mr. C. G. Walwyn (right) taking the Royal Salute at what was his last Indepedence Parade at Warner Park Cricket Stadium. (Photo by Erasmus Williams)

All arrangements are in place for next Tuesday’s Ceremony to Commemorate the Retirement of His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Montraville Sebastian, GCMG, OBE, MD, CM as Governor General of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Following the announcement of his arrival at Government House and the playing of the National Anthem, Rev. Canon Captain Isaiah Phillip, Chaplain of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, will give the invocation.

This will be followed by introductory remarks by His Excellency Ambassador Delano Bart, Q.C., St. Kitts and Nevis’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas will give remarks, which will be followed with a presentation by Ms. Jihan Williams.

After his introduction, Sir Cuthbert will respond.

He will depart Government House by following a brunch and inspecting a Military Guard of Honour.

Born: 22 October 1921

Parents: Joseph Matthew and Inez Sebastian

Education: Basseterre Boys Elementary School

· 1936-39 Pupil Teacher at Basseterre Boys Elementary School

· 1950-53 BSc at Mount Alison University, Canada

· 1953-58 Medicine at Dalhousie University. Licensed by the Medical Boards of Canada and of Nova Scotia

· 1962-66 Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Dundee Royal Infirmary, Scotland


· 1939 Learner dispenser at Cunningham Hospital

· 1943 Qualified and licensed as chemist and druggist

· 1944 Laboratory technician

· 1945 Senior Dispenser and Steward Cunningham Hospital

· 1958 Joined government medical service in St. Kitts as a general practitioner

· 1966 Medical Superintendent and Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Cunningham Hospital in St. Kitts

· 1970 Chief Medical Officer

· 1980 In private practice

· 1996 Governor General of St. Kitts-Nevis and Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George


· 1939 joined St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force

· 1943 promoted to Medical Sergeant

· 1944 joined HM Royal Air Force and trained as rear gunner during the Second World War

· 1958 Captain Surgeon of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force

· 1962-66 Voluntary attachment to the Scottish Army with the rank of Captain.

· 1966-80 Re-appointed Captain Surgeon of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force


· Early 1960s serving brother of the St. John’s Ambulance Association, later local Chairman

· 1970 Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

· 1973 Local physician to HRH Prince of Wales during his visit to St. Kitts

· 1977 ADC and Personal physician to Premier of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla during his visit to Buckingham Palace

· 1984 Contested general election as a candidate for the St. Kitts Labour Party

· 1998 Honorary degree from Dalhousie University

· 2002 Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) of Edinburgh in Scotland, for outstanding career and service to humanity in the field of medicine.

· 2005 Honorary Doctorate from Mount Allison University

· Fellowships in Surgery

* England

* Edinburg University, Scotland

* Fellow of the Royal Caribbean College of Surgeon