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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.


  • 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

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.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



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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