Papers of Sir Herbert Ralph Hone

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the military administration of Malaya, including minutesof meetings of the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia; signals,correspondence, etc., 1945-1953; report on the British military administrationof Malaya as Chief Civilian Affairs Officer, Malaya, 1945-1946.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir (Herbert) Ralph Hone (1896-1992) became Assistant Treasurer, Uganda in 1920. He was calledto the Bar by the Middle Temple and practised law in the South-East Circuit,1923-1924. In 1925 he became Registrar, High Court, Zanzibar. He served asResident Magistrate, 1928 and Crown Counsel, 1930, Tanganyika. In 1933 he tookthe post of Acting Assistant Legal Adviser, Colonial Office/Dominions Officeand in the same year became Attorney-General, Gibraltar. In 1937 he took up thesame post in Uganda, becoming Commandant of the country's defence force in 1940.In 1942 he began work as Chief Civil Affairs Officer in the Middle-East. He held the same postin the War Office, 1943-1944 and in Malaya, 1946. He became Secretary-Generalto the Governor-General, Malaya in the same year and Deputy Commissioner-General(Colonial Affairs), South-East Asia in 1948. He was made Governor andCommander-in-Chief, North Borneo, 1950, afterwhich he retired, to be re-appointed Assistant Legal Adviser, Colonial Officeand Commonwealth Relations Office in 1954.

Conditions Governing Access

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Collection level description created by Paul Davidson, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 690 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford,Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996). A handlist is also available in the library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

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