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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.


  • Creation: 1996


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

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


External Documents


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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