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Transcript of interview: Sir Derek Day, 1996

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 29

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

Derek Day was born 29 November 1927, the son of the late Mr and Mrs Alan W. Day; he was educated at Hurstpierpoint College and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and in 1955 married Sheila Nott.

After serving in the Royal Artillery, 1946-48, Day entered the Foreign Service in September 1951. During his diplomatic career he served as: Third Secretary, British Embassy, Tel Aviv [Israel], 1953-56; Private Secretary to HM Ambassador, Rome [Italy], 1956-59; Second, then First Secretary, Foreign Office, 1959-62; First Secretary, British Embassy, Washington [United States], 1962-66; First Secretary, FO, 1966-67; Assistant Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1967-68; Head of Personnel Operations Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1969-72; Counsellor, British High Commission, Nicosia [Cyprus], 1972-75; Ambassador to Ethiopia, 1975-78; Assistant Under-Secretary of State, 1979, Deputy Under-Secretary of State, 1980, and Chief Clerk, 1982-84, FCO; High Commissioner to Canada, 1984-87.

Day was awarded the KCMG in 1984 (CMG 1973). He died on 7 March 2015.


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External Documents


Day, Sir Derek Malcolm, 1927-2015, Knight, diplomat Day, Sir Derek Malcolm, 1927-2015, Knight, diplomat

Finding aid date

2002-04-12 17:02:07+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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