Memoirs of John Brayne-Baker

Scope and Content

Memoirs and text of talks on experiences in the Colonial Administrative Service in Nigeria and the British Cameroons, 1928-1956.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Brayne-Baker, CMG (1957), was born on the 13 August 1905. He was educated at Marlborough College, and Worcester College, Oxford.

In 1928 he entered the Colonial Administrative Service as a cadet. He was posted to Nigeria where he held the posts of Assistant District Officer (1928), District Officer (1938), Senior District Officer (1948), and Resident (1953). In 1954 he became Senior Resident and Deputy Commissioner of the Cameroons, a post he held until his retirement from the Service in 1956.

After retirement from the Service, Brayne-Baker served as a Member of Tiverton Rural District Council (1959-1974) and Tiverton District Council (1973-1976). He died on the 10 January 1997.

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

Administrative/Biographical History compiled with reference to A Biographical Dictionary of the British Colonial Service 1939-1966 by A.H.M. Kirk-Greene (1991).

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Listed as no. 1295 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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