1940 - Geoffrey Scott Mowat

Scope and Content

The material contains administrative correspondence and notices, two essays, and a newspaper cutting concerning the Prize Essay Competition for 1940.

Administrative / Biographical History

Geoffrey Scott Mowat was born in Oxford where his father was a history don. He went up to Corpus Christi College in 1936. He married in 1940 before leaving for Malaya to join the Civil service. He also joined the Volunteer Forces and in 1942 became a PoW under the Japanese. He continued his work in the Malayan Civil Service after his release in 1945. He also served as a Christian missionary. He retired to England in the 1990s and wrote his memoirs, "Rainbow through the Rain."


The material was divided thus:

  • RAS UPE/9/1 - Administrative Correspondence
  • RAS UPE/9/2 - Essays
  • RAS UPE/9/3 - Newspaper Cutting

Related Material

The Minutes of the Council Meeting of the Society for 13 February 1940 record the choice of essay title for the 1940 competition. In the Minutes for the meeting of 14 November 1940 it was recorded that the examiners had chosen Mr Geoffrey Scott Mowat as the best Essay and that of Miss R.W. Wilkinson as the second best. It was felt that neither reached the usual standard and therefore a prize of £10 would be offered to Mr Mowat and of £5 to Miss Wilkinson and that there should be no formal presentation.