Papers of Colonel J.P.I. Fforde, CBE

Scope and Content

Papers relating to service with the Palestine, Sierra Leone and NorthernRhodesia Police, including press-cuttings and some social correspondence, [1937-1981].

Administrative / Biographical History

Colonel John Patrick Ilbert Fforde (1910-1993), CBE (1960), K.St.J. (1971) was educated at Imperial College, Windsor, entered the Palestine Police in 1931, was seconded for special military service in Syria, 1941, and made Assistant Inspector-General (commanding CID), 1946-1948. He served as Commissioner of Police, Sierra Leone, 1948-1951 and Northern Rhodesia, 1951-1962. He joined Rand Mines, Limited in 1963, was made Manager, Mine Police Department, 1964 and Group Security Adviser, 1965. He worked as Group Security Adviser, Barlow Rand Limited, 1971-1979. His awards include the Colonial Police Medal, 1941, and King's Police and Fire Services Medal, 1945. He was made an honorary fellow of the International Institute of Security (UK), 1969 and a fellow of the South African Institute of Security, 1978.

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

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Conditions Governing Use

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

Related Material

Memoirs of service with the Northern Rhodesia Police (sometime Commissioner),with related report, 1951-1962 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1784 (36)).