Athelstan Charles Ethelwulf Long, CBE
First Governor, Cayman Islands
Athelstan Charles Ethelwulf Long, CBE was the first Governor of the Cayman Islands.
Early life and education
Born on 2 January 1919, Athelstan Charles Ethelwulf Long, CBE was educated at Westminster School of Brasenose College, Oxford. After serving in World War II, during which he was a prisoner of war for three years, he worked in the Burmese civil service from 1946-47, and in northern Nigeria from 1948 until 1961, after which he was appointed deputy commissioner in Swaziland.
A distinguished former military officer, who spent three years as a prisoner of war during World War II, Long turned diplomat after hostilities ended.
Long served as the Cayman Islands’ last Administrator from 1968 to 1971. During his swearing-in as administrator of the Cayman Islands on 12 November 1968, Long noted that the reputation of the islands had spread very far and was a credit to the local people.
It was during his tenure in 1971 that the title was changed from Administrator to Governor. He served as Governor from 1971 to 1972.
After he left his post as Governor, Mr. Long served as chairman of International Management Group, chairman of the Public Service Commission and deputy chairman of the Public Service Pension Board.
He spent the rest of his life in the Cayman Islands, and played an active role in the Veteran’s Association.
Honours and awards
Long was the recipient of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Long died on 31 July 2019. He was 100. He was accorded an Official Funeral on Wednesday, 14 August 2019 at the Cayman Islands Baptist Church in Savannah. His body was interred at the Eden Cemetery (opposite Pedro St. James).