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Transcript of interview: Sir Percy Cradock, 1997

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 26

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • 1997


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

Percy Cradock was born 26 October 1923; he was educated at St John’s College, Cambridge (Honorary Fellow, 1982), and in 1953 married Birthe Marie Dyrlund.

Cradock began his diplomatic career serving in the Foreign Office, 1954-57. Subsequently he served as: First Secretary, Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], 1957-61, Hong Kong, 1961, Peking [China], 1962; Foreign Office, 1963-66; Counsellor and Head of Chancery, Peking, 1966-68; Chargé d’Affaires, Peking, 1968-69; Head of Planning Staff, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1969-71; Under-Secretary, Cabinet Office, 1971-75; Ambassador to German Democratic Republic, 1976-78; Leader, UK Delegation to Comprehensive Test Ban Discussions at Geneva [Switzerland], 1977-78; Ambassador to People’s Republic of China, 1978-83; Leader of UK team in negotiations over Hong Kong, 1983; Deputy Under Secretary of State, FCO, supervising Hong Kong negotiations, 1984; the Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser, 1984-92.

He was awarded the GCMG in 1983 (KCMG 1980; CMG 1968); PC 1993. He died on 22 January 2010.


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