1963 - Cecil John Edmonds

Scope and Content

This series contains correspondence and photographs relating to the award of the Burton Memorial Medal to Cecil John Edmonds.

Administrative / Biographical History

Cecil John Edmonds was born in Japan but educated at Bedford School and Christ's Hospital before going on to Pembroke College, Cambridge, subsequently passing into the Levant Consular Service. He served under Sir Percy Cox for ten years in the Persian Gulf during which time he captured the German cipher book in 1915 which enabled the deciphering of the Zimmermann telegram. He joined the Iraq administration in 1925 succeeding Sir Kinahan Cornwallis as Adviser to the Ministry in 1935. During his time in the Middle East he travelled extensively. He worked in the Foreign Office from 1945-1951 before joining the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) for 6 years as lecturer in Kurdish, the first time the language had been taught in England.


Two sub-series were created one for correspondence and one for photographs.

Related Material

The Minutes of the Council Meeting may provide additional details of the award to Cecil John Edmonds and why the Medal had not been awarded in the intervening years. The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963, pp. 309-310, provides details of the giving of the Burton Memorial Medal to Edmonds by Sir Gerard Clauson, Vice-President of the Royal Asiatic Society.