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A memoir of life as a colonial officer in Sierra Leone, West Africa

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 376

Scope and Contents

Memoir (228 pages) accompanied by notes and rough drafts (circa 100 pages). An index is filed with the collection.


  • Creation: 1961 - 1964

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Biographical / Historical

William Wright served in West Africa during the Second World War, and entered the colonial administration in Sierra Leone in 1949 as an Assistant District Commissioner. He became a District Commissioner in 1949 and an Administrative Officer in 1959. Between 1961 and 1964 he worked for Laycock Engineering in Sheffield as a Contracts Manager, before returning to the colonial service with postings to Aden and Botswana.


1 archive box(es) (1 box) : paper

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

fair condition

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by William Wright's daughter, Janice Henney, in 2008.

Date information

DateText: The memoir covers the period from 1949-61..


Wright, William John Rainy, 1911-85, colonial administrator

Includes index.
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Repository Details

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