Memoir of the British Embassy in Paris, 1971-1973, by Sir Roger du Boulay
Scope and Contents
Also with notes on Christopher Soames as last British Governor of Southern Rhodesia, where he oversaw a ceasefire and elections leading up to the independence of Zimbabwe, December 1979-April 1980.
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Biographical / Historical
He served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as a pilot, 1941-6. He joined the Colonial Service and was based in Nigeria, 1949-58. He transferred to the Foreign Service (later the Diplomatic Service) and held posts at the Foreign Office in London, 1959; the British Embassy in Washington, United States, 1960-4; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, 1964-7; and the British Embassy in Manila, Philippines, 1967-71. He was Alternate Director, 1967-9, and Director, 1969-71, of the Asian Development Bank in Manila. He was Counsellor and Head of Chancery at the British Embassy in Paris, France, 1971-3; Resident Commissioner in the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu), 1973-5; and Vice Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, 1975-82. He has acted as an adviser to the governments of the Solomon Islands, 1986, and Swaziland, 1992.
He is retired and lives in Hertfordshire.
He was created CVO, 1972; CMG, 1975; and KCVO, 1982.
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Finding aid date
- Boulay, Roger William Houssemayne du, Sir, 1922 (Knight, diplomat)
- European administration
- Heath, Edward Richard George, Sir, 1916 - 2005 (Knight, statesman)
- Pompidou, Georges, 1911 - 1974 (politician)
- Soames, Arthur Christopher John, 1920 - 1987 (Baron Soames of Fletching, politician)
- Soames, Mary, Dame, 1922 - 2014 (née Churchill, writer, wife of Baron Soames)