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Captain Andrew Arthur Cipriani Has been given signal honours by Trinidad &Tobago unlike anyone else from the twin island state, and he has rightly earned them. Captain Cipriani, after many initial rejections by the Colonial Office, finally saw service with other West Indian volunteers in the British West Indian Regiment in the First World War. The ordinary West Indian soldiers, whom he saw fighting along side those from the developed cosmopolitan countries, lost nothing by comparison! The ordinary West Indian soldier fought with such valour and decorum, that it told captain Cipriani something. It told him that they were well capable of ruling themselves. Cipriani won the trust of the general populace, when they saw him implacably opposing the 'oppressors' – the business and planting community. Cipriani lost no time in letting this clique know that he viewed them as 'Having fed fat on the wax' without risking any danger to themselves. And he thought it 'scandalous that now he had to fight to make them share a little of the wealth with the people.' Naturally the ordinary people now also joined the ex-soldiers in Cipriani's corner. Captain Cipriani revived the old Trinidad Workingmen's Association, this was relatively easy for him to do as he had the trust of the people, everyone knew his hallmarks were sincerity, generosity and honesty. These he complimented well as he also had, as it was said "the power of speech to stir men's minds" The fact that Trinidad's major races, the Negroes and Indians did not trust each other, led them to readily accept Cipriani who was white. To view Cipriani as just a nationalist would be to do him an injustice, he campaigned for a federation of the West Indies, once saying in Dominica, "I have an abiding faith in the barefoot man, and I feel quite sure that he will stand up to it when perhaps others will flinch, Our policy is time: No Federation without self-government, and no self-government without Adult Franchise. And on this we stand or fall." Cipriani collaborated closely with the other leading progressive men of the day, Marryshow of Grenada, Norman Manley of Jamaica, Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow of Guyana and Grantley Adams from Barbados, all the leading regional figures fighting for workers rights. Adult suffrage had been sternly withheld all over the West Indies. As the majority of people were black, and the ruling white, middle, merchant and planter class knew, that with Adult suffrage their legalistic exploitation of the masses would be brought to a halt. That Captain Cipriani went against the white ruling class is even more creditable to him. When Marcus Garvey was refused permission to land in Trinidad, it was Cipriani who got the decision reversed! Captain Cipriani also campaigned long and practically alone at first, to get child labour banned, this took him years to achieve. Likewise after long campaigning, he persuaded the powers that be to make child education compulsory. And when the world famous School of Tropical Agriculture was trying to dissuade black students from applying to study there, he protested vigorously, even raising the matter with the Colonial Secretary. He served as major for port-of Spain for five terms and was instrumental in improving the life of the city. He was also in the forefront of nationalising the local power company, thereby stopping foreign exploitation. Captain Andrew Cipriani is Trinidad & Tobago's first national hero, a Statue of him has been erected in downtown Port of Spain, on what was formerly named Independence Boulevard, but is now name Brian Lara Boulevard, and the Labour College in Trinidad is named in his honour.