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The Papers of (Reginald) Hugh Hickling

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HICK

Scope and Contents

This small collection relates to a personal memoir written by Hickling recalling the final days of British rule in South Arabia (1964-67) recalling his time as Legal Adviser to the High Commissioner in Aden and South Arabia [later Yemen]. Hickling wrote the memoir in 1973-4 while waiting for a Foreign Office posting. It has not been published.


  • Creation: 1967 - 1974


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers or memoir must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Reginald Hugh Hickling was born on 2 August 1920, the elder son of Frederick and Elsie Hickling of Malvern, Worcestershire. He was educated at Buxton College then at Nottingham University. In 1945, Hickling married Beryl Dennett with whom he had two sons and one daughter.

From 1941-46, Hickling served with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, then was appointed Deputy Solicitor for the London Evening Standard (1946-1950). He subsequently held a number of legal positions overseas including: Assistant Attorney-General, Sarawak [later part of Malaysia] (1950-5); several positions in Malaya [later part of Malaysia] including Legal Draftsman (1957), Parliamentary Draftsman (1959), and Commissioner of Law Revision (1961); Commonwealth Office (1964); Legal Adviser to the High Commissioner in Aden and South Arabia [later Yemen] (1964-7); Maritime Law Adviser in Thailand (1968-9), Malaysia (1969), Sri Lanka (1970) and the Yemen Arab Republic [later part of Yemen] (1984 and 1986); then Attorney-General, Gibraltar (1970-72).

Hickling also held academic positions including Lecturer in South East Asian Law at SOAS (1976-8, 1981-2) and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Singapore (1974-6 and 1978-80). He died in February 2007.


1 archive box(es) (1 box (3 files)) : paper

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Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Hugh Hickling in 1996.


This fonds level description and catalogue were prepared by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in October 2001. Biographical information obtained from Who Was Who 1897-1996 (A and C Black).


Hickling, (Reginald) Hugh, 1920-2007, Solicitor and legal adviser


2001-10-03 14:55:38+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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