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Transcript of interview: Hugh Carless, 2002

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 55

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • 2002


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

Hugh Carless was born 22 April 1925, the son of the late Henry Alfred Carless, CIE, and Gwendolen Pattullo; he was educated at Sherborne School, the School of Oriental Studies, London, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. In 1956 he married Rosa Maria, eldest daughter of Martino and Ada Frontini, Sao Paulo; they have two sons.

After serving in Paiforce and BAOR, 1943-47, Carless entered the Foreign (subsequently Diplomatic) Service in 1950. His career included: 3rd Secretary, Kabul [Afghanistan], 1951; 2nd Secretary, Rio de Janeiro [Brazil], 1953; Tehran [Iran], 1956; 1st Secretary, 1957; Foreign Office, 1958; Private Secretary to Minister of State, 1961; Budapest [Hungary], 1963; Civil Service Fellow, Department of Politics, Glasgow University [Strathclyde, Scotland], 1966; Counsellor and Consul-General, Luanda [Angola], 1967-70; Counsellor, Bonn [Germany], 1970-73; Head of Latin American Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1973-77; Minister and Chargé d’Affaires, Buenos Aires [Argentina], 1977-80; on secondment to Northern Engineering Industries International Limited, 1980-82; Ambassador to Venezuela, 1982-85. Carless died on 20 December 2011.

He was awarded the CMG in 1976.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



Carless, Hugh Michael

Finding aid date

2002-06-28 10:02:21+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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