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Collection Level Description: Memoir of Peter McEntee

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 544
Title: Memoir of Peter McEntee
Dates of Creation: 1995
Extent: 1 volume

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Peter Donovan McEntee (b 1920), CMG (1978), OBE (1963), was educated at Haileybury and served during World War Two in the King's African Rifles (Major) in Kenya, Abyssinia, Madagascar and Burma. After the war he ran the Company Commander's wing of the Combined School of Infantry, Nakuru. He served in Kenya as district officer, Embu from 1946, then district commissioner in Kapenguna and Marsebit, Municipal African Affairs Officer, Mombasa, Assistant Secretary, Chief Secretary's Office, Nairobi, Replacement Officer in Nakuru and Thika Districts and in Thompsons Falls. He then returned to the Secretariat at Nairobi and finally took control of Central Nyanza District before taking the post of African Courts Officer, 1960-1963. He worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1963, then moved to Lagos, Nigeria, where he served as First Secretary (Internal), 1964-1967. Returning to London, he worked from 1967 to 1972 as a desk officer at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and an assistant at the Commonwealth Relations Department. He was Consul General, Karachi, Pakistan, 1972-1975, and Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Belize, 1976-1980. After his retirement, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, and, from 1993, Chairman of the Council of the Royal Overseas League. In 1945 he married Mary Elisabeth Sherwood, with whom he had two daughters.

Scope and Content

Something for the Record, memoir, 1995, by McEntee of his life, including childhood in Kenya, war-time experiences in Kenya, Abyssinia, Madagascar, Ceylon and Burma, work in Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Belize, and for the Commonwealth Relations Department.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The memoir was donated to the library by Peter McEntee, through the good offices of A. Kirk-Greene, on 17th March 1997.

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McEntee | Peter | b 1920 | colonial administrator Major

Great Britain | Colonies | Kenya | Administration

Great Britain | Colonies | Nigeria | Administration

Great Britain | Colonies | Pakistan | Administration

Great Britain | Colonies | Belize | Administration

World War, 1939-1945 | Kenya | Personal narratives

World War, 1939-1945 | Ethiopia | Personal narratives

World War, 1939-1945 | Madagascar | Personal narratives

World War, 1939-1945 | Burma | Personal narratives

Kenya | History | 1895-1963

Nigeria | History | 1960-

Pakistan | History | 20th century

Belize | History | 20th century

Ethiopia | History | 1889-1974

Burma | History | 1824-1948

Kenya | Description and travel

Pakistan | Description and travel

Belize | Description and travel

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