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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir Herbert Ralph Hone

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 271
Title: Papers of Sir Herbert Ralph Hone
Dates of Creation: 1945-1953
Extent: 1 box

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Sir (Herbert) Ralph Hone (1896-1992) became Assistant Treasurer, Uganda in 1920. He was called to 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 as Resident Magistrate, 1928 and Crown Counsel, 1930, Tanganyika. In 1933 he took the post of Acting Assistant Legal Adviser, Colonial Office/Dominions Office and in the same year became Attorney-General, Gibraltar. In 1937 he took up the same 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 post in the War Office, 1943-1944 and in Malaya, 1946. He became Secretary-General to the Governor-General, Malaya in the same year and Deputy Commissioner-General (Colonial Affairs), South-East Asia in 1948. He was made Governor and Commander-in-Chief, North Borneo, 1950, after which he retired, to be re-appointed Assistant Legal Adviser, Colonial Office and Commonwealth Relations Office in 1954.

Scope and Content

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

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library as part of a larger collection (MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 407) by James Bell on behalf of Sir Ralph Hone. They were then subject to a period of closure which ended in May 1983, when they were listed as a separate collection.

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.

Further Information

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.

Related Units of Description

Access Points

Hone | Herbert Ralph | 1896-1992 | Sir | Knight Major General Colonial Administrator

World War, 1939-1945 | Malaysia

Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers


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