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Sir Gerald Kennedy Nicholas Trevaskis entered the colonial service as an administrative cadet, Northern Rhodesia in 1938. During the Second World War he enlisted with the Northern Rhodesian Regiment, was captured by Italian forces at Tug Aqan, British Somaliland in 1940, was seconded to British Military Administration, Eritrea, 1941-1948, and was made Senior Divisional Officer, Assab, 1943. After the war, he served as a member of the British delegation to the Four Power Commission of Investigation into ex-Italian Colonies, 1947-1948. He worked as District Commissioner at Ndola, Northern Rhodesia and Liaison Officer for the United Nations Commission, Eritrea, 1950. He served as Political Officer, Western Aden Protectorate, 1951, Deputy British Agent from 1952 and British Agent to Western Aden Protectorate from 1954. In 1957 he was a member of the British Delegation at the Anglo-Yemeni meeting in London. He held the post of High Commissioner for Aden and the Protectorate of South Arabia, 1963-1965. Awarded the OBE and KCMG, he published Eritrea: A Colony in Transition, 1941-52 (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1960) and Shades of Amber: A South Arabian Episode (London, Hutchinson, 1968). In 1945 he married Sheila James Harrington.
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Correspondence, memoranda, etc. with British Military Administration in Eritrea, 1944-1951, and as Political Officer and Agent in Western Aden, 1952-1966 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 367); letters to Dr. Rita Hinden regarding developments in Eritrea, 1945-1948 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 365, box 180/3); diaries of Peter Davey, 1932-1947 (ref. MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 214); letters from Eritrea, 1941-1944 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 27, vol. 2: ff 1-140, 228-245).
Trevaskis | Gerald Kennedy Nicholas | 1915-1990 | Sir | Knight and Colonial Administrator
Four Powers Commission of Investigation for the Former Italian Colonies | Eritrea | 1947
Eritrea | History
Aden (Yemen) | History | 20th century
Eritrea | Description and travel | Views
Kenya | Description and travel
Tanzania | Description and travel
Somalia | Description and travel
Zambia | History
Zambia | Social conditions
Middle East | History | 1979-
Ethnology | Eritrea
Natural history | Zambia
Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988 | Diplomatic history