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February 1, 2017
February 28, 2017


Ulric Cross: A Hero for All Time is a feature documentary film, directed by international award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, that tells the story of Trinidadian icon Ulric Cross.

Ulric Cross is ‘a hero for all time’ because he lived through and participated in key moments of 20th Century post-colonial history, like the Second World War, the independence movements in Africa and the Caribbean, the rise of a new brand of local leaders after the Black Power Revolution in Trinidad, the coming of age of Caribbean societies in the eighties and nineties – incidents and shifts that defined our present reality as Caribbean people.

The film tells the story of Ulric Cross through live action, archive, recreation and animation, a contemporary pulling together of new forms of expression to tell a timeless story of one man’s heroism.


He is probably the most decorated West Indian Squadron Leader of World War Two. Ulric was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for meritorious service by an Officer of the Armed Forces during wartime in actual combat. He was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flights.

From an ordinary Belmont childhood in colonial Trinidad, Ulric faced down barriers of colour, race and class to realize his extraordinary destiny.

He first joined the Royal Air Force in 1941 as a navigator in Bomber Command. Ulric did eighty operational flights over Germany with twenty-one into Berlin; and was a member of the elite Pathfinders Force that perfected techniques for precision main force bombing.

Ulric returned to civilian life where he went on to star in key post-colonial jurisprudence roles – as a trusted advisor to Nkrumah in Ghana, as Attorney General in Cameroon and as a close colleague of Julius Nyerere in Tanzania.

He then came home to serve his country as judge, diplomat, and arbitrator. He returned to Britain as our High Commissioner in the 90’s.

Now aged ninety-five, Ulric’s life is an inspiration to all, especially to young people now and for generations to come.


Ulric Cross (center) with Julius Nyerere, known as “Mwalimo” (Teacher) the first president of independent Tanzania (1961-1985),and Telford Georges, also from Trinidad, who served as Chief Justice there. Cross lived in Tanzania for 7 years, served as a High Court Judge, set up the Industrial Court, and was Dean at the Law School in Dar-Es-Salaam.

Justice P. L. Ulric Cross

Date and Place of Birth: 1 May 1917, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies

Nationality: Citizen of Trinidad and Tobago

Marital Status: Married

Education: St. Mary’s College, Port of Spain, Trinidad


1941 -47 War Service, Royal Air Force (Bomber Command Navigation) Attained rank of Squadron Leader

1949 Called to the Bar (Middle Temple, London)

1949 – 53 Legal Adviser to the Controller of Imports and Exports, Trinidad Lecturer in Trade Union History and Trade Union Law, Extra Mural Department, University of the West Indies

1953 – 57 Talks Producer, BBC, London

1958 – 60 Crown Counsel and Senior Crown Counsel, Ghana

Lecturer in Criminal Law, Ghana School of Law

1960 – 61 Assistant Attorney General, West Cameroon

1961 – 66 Attorney General, West Cameroon

Member of the Cabinet, the House of Chiefs and the House of Assembly Avocat-General, Federal Court of Justice of the Republic of Cameroon

1967 – 68 Judge of the High Court of Tanzania

1968 – 70 Chairman of the Permanent Labour Tribunal, Tanzania

Member of the East African Industrial Court

(Chairmanship rotates among the three members)

1970 – 74 Professor of Law, University of Dar-es-Salaam

Lecturer in Criminal Procedure and the Law of Evidence

Member of the Examiners’ Board, Institute of Finance Management, Tanzania

Member of the East African Common Market Tribunal (Chairman: E. Lauterpacht, Esq., QC)

1971 -79 Judge of the High Court, Trinidad & Tobago

1979 – 82 Judge of the Court of Appeal, Trinidad & Tobago

1982 – 83 Chairman of the Law Reform Commission, Trinidad

1983 – Chairman of the Commonwealth Foundation.


1. Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

2. Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

3. Order of Merit – First Class, Federal Republic of Cameroon

4. Order of Valour, Federal Republic of Cameroon

Other Qualifications:

External Examiner, University of Nairobi, Kenya; Haile

Selassie University, Ethiopia.

Papers Published:

‘First Instance Civil Procedure in Anglophonic Africa (Conference at University of Nairobi sponsored by the Max Planck Institute, Hamburg)

‘The Administration of Legal Systems in Developing Countires’ (Law and Development Seminar at the Univesity of Papua New Guinea)

From : Commonwealth Secretariat website –

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