Memoir of Peter McEntee

Scope and Content

Something for the Record, memoir, 1995, by McEntee ofhis life, including childhood in Kenya, war-time experiences in Kenya, Abyssinia,Madagascar, Ceylon and Burma, work in Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Belize, andfor the Commonwealth Relations Department.

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Donovan McEntee (b 1920), CMG (1978), OBE (1963), was educated atHaileybury and served during World War Two in the King's African Rifles (Major) in Kenya, Abyssinia, Madagascar and Burma. After the war he ran the Company Commander's wing of the Combined School of Infantry, Nakuru. He served in Kenya as district officer, Embu from 1946, then district commissioner in Kapenguna and Marsebit, Municipal African Affairs Officer, Mombasa, Assistant Secretary, Chief Secretary's Office, Nairobi, Replacement Officer in Nakuru and Thika Districts and in Thompsons Falls. He then returned to the Secretariat at Nairobi and finally took control of Central Nyanza District before taking the post of African Courts Officer, 1960-1963. He worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1963, then moved to Lagos, Nigeria, where he served as First Secretary (Internal), 1964-1967. Returning to London, he worked from 1967 to 1972 as a desk officer at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and an assistant at the Commonwealth Relations Department. He was Consul General,arachi, Pakistan, 1972-1975, and Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Belize, 1976-1980. After his retirement, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, and, from 1993, Chairman of the Council of the Royal Overseas League. In 1945 he married Mary Elisabeth Sherwood, with whom he had two daughters.

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