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Transcript of interview: Sir William Harding, 2014

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 143

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 2014


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

William Harding was born 18 Jan 1927, son of Lieutenant Colonel G. R. Harding, DSO, MBE, and Grace Henley (née Darby). He was educated at Aldenham School and St John’s College, University of Cambridge. In 1955 he married Sheila Margaret Ormond Riddel (d 2002), having four sons.

After serving with the Royal Marines, 1945-48, Harding entered the Foreign Service in 1950, and his diplomatic career included the following posts: Singapore, 1951-52; Burma [later Myanmar], 1952-55; Paris [France], 1956-59; Permanent Under-Secretary’s Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1959-60; Santo Domingo, 1960-63; Latin America Department, FCO, 1963-67; Mexico City, 1967-70; Paris, 1970-74; Head of Republic of Ireland Department, FCO, 1974-77; Ambassador to Peru, 1977-79; Assistant Under-Secretary of State for the Americas, FCO, 1979-81; Ambassador to Brazil, 1981-84; Deputy Under-Secretary of State for the Americas and Asia, 1984-86. Harding died on 4 December 2016.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



Harding, Sir George William, b 1927, knight, diplomat

Finding aid date

2014-07-03 10:10:08.133000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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