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Collection Level Description: Papers of Lieut.-Colonel Basil Maurice de Quehen

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. s. 2219
Title: Papers of Lieut.-Colonel Basil Maurice de Quehen
Dates of Creation: 1997, 20th century
Extent: 1 folder

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

This information is taken directly from Lieut.-Colonel de Quehen's papers and is not fully comprehensive.

Lieut.-Colonel Basil Maurice de Quehen (b c1908) was educated at St. Edward's School, Oxford, then sent to farm in South Africa where he took a position as farm assistant in Orange Free State. He eventually gave up farming, taking a job as costing clerk at Champions Limited Department Store, Bloemfontein. After a few months, he was transferred to the company's maize mills, Kroonstadt as clerk and storeman. He then left the company and travelled to Rhodesia, arriving at Salisbury in 1928 and finding work as a car and motor spares salesman at Imperial Motors Ltd.. The firm folded shortly afterwards, and he joined the British South Africa Police c1929-1930, serving in the Umtali and Salisbury districts.

During World War Two he served in the Rhodesian military forces and spent six months at the Middle East Staff College, Haifa. He was then commissioned in the Intelligence Corps, advancing with the Persia and Iraq Force between northern Persia and Georgia. After leaving the Persia and Iraq Force, he served in India and Burma.

Scope and Content

Notes by de Quehen on his early life in the Channel Islands, South Africa and Rhodesia; article by de Quehen about his experiences in the Middle East; photocopy of a letter to Mary Rixon (later Mrs. de Quehen) about Muyenyezi and the part he played in leading the British columns in the Ndebele campaign.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Mrs. Andora Henn-Collins on 3rd February 1997.

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Access Points

de Quehen | Basil Maurice | fl [c1908-1940s] | Lieut.-Colonel

World War, 1939-1945 | Iran

Africa, Southern | Biography

Zimbabwe | History | 1890-1965

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06 March 2012