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Albums of Lt. Col. R.E. Thorne

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30468DD-EE

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two albums relating to the career of Richard Everard Thorne (see Y30468DD/13), who was born in 1901, educated at Haileybury, and joined the Tanganyika Police in 1925. After returning home to get married in 1930, he served in Iringa (twice) and Dar-es-Salaam during the period 1930-1939. During the Second World War he was seconded from Tanganyika Police to the Somalia Gendarmerie. He returned to Tanganyika 1949-1952, then after attending the Senior Officers' Police Course (Y30468EE/62-63) he served in Zanzibar from late 1952 until his death from a heart attack on 6th January 1956; at this time he was Assistant Commissioner of Police.


  • Creation: 1941 - 1956

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2 album(s)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented to the RCS by Sir David Thorne, son of Richard Everard Thorne, in October 1992.


This collection level description was entered by WS using information from the original typescript catalogue.

Date information

DateText: The photographs relate to Thorne's career between 1941 and the 1950s, with a few miscellaneous items of an earlier date..


Richard Everard Thorne, 1901-1956, policeman

Includes index.
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Repository Details

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