Sir Erskine Ruel LaTourette Ward, KA
Former Speaker of the West Indies Federal Parliament
Sir Erskine Ruel LaTourette Ward was a Barbadian jurist, politician, and a former Speaker of the West Indies Federal Parliament.
Early life and education
Erskine Ruel LaTourette Ward was born in 1900 in Barbados. His father was Edmund Lisle Ward. He was educated at Harrison College in Barbados and in Law at Edmund Hall, Oxford. He was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1924.
He returned to Barbados where he practiced law and became an active participant in the island’s politics, joining the Democratic League and writing in the Herald. In February 1930, he had been elected as a member of the House of Assembly, but resigned at the end of 1931 when he was appointed as a magistrate. In 1935, he was appointed judge of the Bridgetown Petty Debts Court, and in 1938, he was appointed Registrar. In 1944, he became judge of the Assistant Court of Appeal, and in 1949 was appointed second Puisne Judge in British Guiana. Later, in 1951, he was Puisne Judge of Trinidad and Tobago. He was also a former Chief Justice of British Honduras (now Belize, 1955 - 1957).
Ward served as the Speaker the House of Representatives of the West Indies Federation from 1958 to 1962. He later was a Minister without portfolio in the Barrow administration.
Honours and awards
In 1980, the Accolade of Knight of St. Andrew (KA), the country's higher honour, was conferred on Erskine Ward in recognition of his service to the county.
Sir Erskine was married and was the brother of Sir Deighton Ward, who was also a member of the Federal House of Representatives and later Governor-General of Barbados.
Sir Erskine died in 1981, aged 81.