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Reginald Charles Freeston was born in 1915 and educated at The Strand School in London and at the University of London. He worked as a clerk in the Ministry of Transport until the outbreak of World War II when he joined the Royal Air Force and served in Field Signals Units in North Africa, Corsica, France, Italy and the Middle East.
In February 1946 Freeston left the RAF and, after marrying Lily Huxley, lived in Nottingham. In 1954 they moved to Lagos, Nigeria, where he worked as a produce officer in the Department of Marketing and Exports. They remained after Independence and Freeston rose to the rank of chief produce officer in the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kano State, in 1975.
The Freestons retired to the UK in 1978. Reg died in 1985 and Lily in 2006.
Donated by R.C. Freeston's nephew in 2018.
Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 15598].