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Transcript of interview: John Cloake, 2013

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 140

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 2013


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

John Cloake was born 2 December 1924, son of Dr Cecil Stedman Cloake, Wimbledon, and Maude Osborne Newling. He was educated at King’s College School, Wimbledon, and Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge. In 1956 he married Margaret Thomure Morris (d 2008), of Washington, USA; they had one son.

After serving in the Army, 1943-46 (Lieutenant, Royal Engineers), Cloake entered the Foreign Office in 1948, and during his career served in the following posts: 3rd Secretary, Baghdad [Iraq], 1949, and Saigon [Vietnam], 1951; 2nd Secretary, 1952; FO, 1954; Private Secretary to Permanent Under-Secretary [Ivone Kirkpatrick], 1956, and to Parliamentary Under- Secretary [Ian Harvey], 1957; 1st Secretary, 1957; Consul (Commercial), New York [United States], 1958; 1st Secretary, Moscow [Soviet Union], 1962; FO, 1963; Diplomatic Service Administration Office, 1965; Counsellor, 1966; Head of Accommodation Department, 1967; Counsellor (Commercial), Tehran [Iran], 1968-72; Fellow, Centre for International Studies, LSE, 1972-73; Head of Trade Relations and Exports Department, FCO, 1973-76; Ambassador to Bulgaria, 1976-80. Cloake died on 9 July 2014.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



Cloake, John Cecil, b 1924, diplomat

Finding aid date

2013-07-31 11:57:46.413000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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