Transcript of interview: Sir Oliver Wright, 1996
Scope and Contents
The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.
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
Oliver Wright was born 6 March 1921; he was educated at Solihull School and Christ’s College, Cambridge (MA; Honorary Fellow 1981). In 1942 he married Lillian Marjory Osborne.
After serving in the RNVR, 1941-45, Wright joined the Diplomatic Service, in November 1945. His diplomatic career included: New York [United States], 1946-47; Bucharest [Romania], 1948-50; Singapore, 1950-51; Foreign Office, 1952-54; Berlin [Germany], 1954-56; Pretoria [South Africa], 1957-58; Imperial Defence College, 1959; Assistant Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1960; Counsellor and Private Secretary, 1963; Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, 1964-66 (to Rt Hon. Sir Alec Douglas-Home, and subsequently to Rt Hon. Harold Wilson); Ambassador to Denmark, 1966-69; seconded to Home Office as UK Representative to Northern Irish Government, August 1969-March 1970; Chief Clerk, Diplomatic Service, 1970-72; Deputy Under-Secretary of State, FCO, 1972-75; Ambassador to Federal Republic of Germany, 1975-81; retired, then re-appointed, Ambassador to Washington, 1982-86. Wright died on 1 September 2009.
He was awarded the GCMG 1981 (KCMG 1974; CMG 1964); GCVO 1978; DSC 1944.
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Wright, Sir John Oliver
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