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Transcript of interview: Sir Leonard Allinson, 1996

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 6

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • 1996


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Material in this collection is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue.

Biographical / Historical

Leonard Allinson was born 1 May 1926, the only son of Walter Allinson and Alice Frances Cassidy; in 1951 he married Margaret Patricia Watts. He was educated at Friern Barnet Grammar School and Merton College, Oxford, taking a First class in History in 1947.

During his career, Allinson served as: Assistant Principal, Ministry of Fuel and Power (Petroleum Division), 1947-48; Assistant Principal, later Principal, Ministry of Education, 1948-58 (Assistant Private Secretary to Minister, 1953-54). He transferred to the CRO in 1958 and thereafter became: First Secretary in Lahore and Karachi [Pakistan], 1960-62, Madras and New Delhi [India], 1963-66; Counsellor and Head of Political Affairs Department, March 1968; Deputy Head, later Head, of the Permanent Under Secretary’s Department, FCO, 1968-70; Counsellor and Head of Chancery, subsequently Deputy High Commissioner, Nairobi [Kenya], 1970-73; RCDS, 1974; Diplomatic Service Inspectorate, 1975; Deputy High Commissioner and Minister, New Delhi, 1975-77; High Commissioner, Lusaka [Zambia], 1978-80; Assistant Under-Secretary of State (Africa), 1980-82; High Commissioner in Kenya and Ambassador to UN Environment Programme, 1982-86.

He was awarded the KCVO in 1979 (MVO 1961); CMG 1976. Sir Leonard died on 28 December 2022.


1 file(s) : Paper

Language of Materials



Allinson, Sir Walter Leonard

Finding aid date

2002-03-14 16:55:30+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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