Transcript of interview: Merrick Baker-Bates, 2019
Scope and Contents
The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.
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
Merrick Baker-Bates was born 22 July 1939, the son of E. T. Baker-Bates, MD, FRCP, and of Norah Stuart (née Kirkham). He was educated at Shrewsbury School and Hertford College, University of Oxford (MA) and also at the College of Europe, Bruges [Belgium]. In 1963, he married Chrystal Jacqueline Goodacre, having one son and one daughter. He died on 24 February 2023.
After a brief spell as a journalist in Brussels, 1962-63, Baker-Bates entered the Diplomatic Service in 1963 and his career including the following posts: 3rd, later 2nd Secretary, Tokyo [Japan], 1963-68; 1st Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1968-73; 1st Secretary (Information), Washington [United States], 1973-76; 1st Secretary (Commercial), Tokyo, 1976-79; Counsellor (Commercial), Tokyo, 1979-82; Director, Cornes and Company, Tokyo, 1982-85; Representative Director, Gestetner Limited (Japan), 1982-85; Deputy High Commissioner and Counsellor (Commercial/Economic), Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], 1986-89; Head of South Atlantic and Antarctic Department, FCO, and Commissioner, British Antarctic Territory, 1989-92; Consul-General, Los Angeles, 1992-97; Historical Records Adviser, FCO, 2000-17.
Language of Materials
Bates, Merrick Stuart Baker-, 1939-2023, diplomat