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Transcript of interview: Richard Fyjis-Walker, 2013 - 2019

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 189

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • 2013 - 2019


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

Richard Fyjis-Walker was born 19 June 1927, the son of Harold and Marion Fyjis-Walker. He was educated at Bradfield College and Magdalene College, University of Cambridge (MA) and married (1st), in 1951, Barbara Graham-Watson, having one son; and (2nd), in 1972, Gabrielle Josefi, also having one son.

After serving three years in the army (The King's Royal Rifle Corps), 1945-48, then another four years in the City, Fyjis-Walker joined the Foreign Service in 1955. His diplomatic career included: Amman [Jordan], 1956; Foreign Office, 1957-61; Paris [France], 1961-63; Cairo [Egypt], 1963-65; Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1966-71; Counsellor, 1970; Ankara [Turkey], 1971-74; Counsellor (Information), Washington [United States], 1974-78; Counsellor, UK Mission to United Nations, New York, 1978-79; Ambassador to the Sudan, 1979-84; Ambassador to Pakistan, 1984-87. Following his retirement from the Diplomatic Service, Fyjis-Walker served as Chairman of the Commonwealth Institute, 1988-93. He died on 17 September 2013.


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Language of Materials



The interview was completed by Fyjis-Walker's widow Gabrielle in 2019.


Walker, Richard Alwyne Fyjis-, 1927-2013, diplomat

Finding aid date

2020-03-03 11:42:26.993000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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