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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.
Papers relating to service with the Palestine, Sierra Leone and Northern Rhodesia Police, including press-cuttings and some social correspondence, [1937-1981].
The papers were donated by Fforde's widow, Mrs. R. Rich in May 1994.Access Conditions
Bodleian reader's ticket required.Reproduction Restrictions
No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.
The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.Related Units of Description
Memoirs of service with the Northern Rhodesia Police (sometime Commissioner), with related report, 1951-1962 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1784 (36)).
Fforde | J.P.I. | 1910-1993 | Colonel police commissioner
Police | Sierra Leone
Police | Zambia
Police | Palestine
World War, 1939-1945 | Palestine