Catalogue of unpublished memoirs of Sir Charles Fernand Rey, c.1947-61

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Drafts and research notes for unpublished memoirs of Sir Charles Fernand Rey (1877-1968), civil servant.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7191-3

Extent: 3 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Sir Charles Rey's civil service career began, in 1900, with an appoinment to the Board of Trade. He went on to hold various positions in the Ministry of Munitions, the Ministry of National Service and the Ministry of Labour. His last official post began in 1930 when he was appointed Resident Commissioner of the Bechuanaland Protectorate and Commandant of the Protectorate Police, positions he held until September 1937 when he retired to Cape Town, South Africa. Sir Charles died on the 30 March 1968. See Who was Who.

Scope and Content

The papers comprise drafts of chapters and research notes for unpublished memoirs 'Men, Women and Places'.


The papers are arranged in sequential order of chapter.


Bought, Dominic Winter Book Auctions sale, 8 March 2001, item 613.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7191, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

Personal papers, business papers relating to Abyssinia, papers as Resident Commissioner of the Bechuanaland Protectorate, and papers relating to Rey's retirement in South Africa are held at the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House, MSS.Brit.Emp.s.384.

Family names (NCA Rules)

Rey | family

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Rey | Sir | Charles Fernand | 1877-1968 | Knight | Soldier and Civil Servant

Place names (NCA Rules)

Abyssinia | x Ethiopia
Bechuanaland | British Protectorate | x Botswana
South Africa

Subjects (LCSH)

Civil Service -- Great Britain
Great Britian -- Colonies -- Administration
World War, 1914-1918

Descriptive List

Drafts and research notes for unpublished memoirs, 'Men, Women and Places', c. 1947-61; introductory chapters; chapters I-IX
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7191
Extent: 324 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-42) Introductory chapters
  • (fols. 43-67) Chapter I 'First Footsteps in West Africa'
  • (fols. 68-79) Chapter II 'West Africa Continued: Senegal and French Sudan'
  • (fols. 80-105) Chapter III 'Dawn in the Board of Trade'
  • (fols. 106-30) Chapter IV 'Balkan Wandering: Rumania, Turkey, Bulgaria and Elsewhere'
  • (fols. 131-54) Chapter V 'Balkan Wandering Continued'
  • (fols. 155-200) Chapter VI 'The Board of Trade and I develop'
  • (fols. 201-36) Chapter VII 'Sidelights on Unemployment Insurance and Labour Exchanges'
  • (fols. 237-86) Chapter VIII 'World War I and the Ministry of Munitions'
  • (fols. 287-324) Chapter IX 'National Service and Food for Germany'

As MS. Eng. c. 7191 above, chapters X-XV
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7192
Extent: 337 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-32) Chapter X 'Abyssinia'
  • (fols. 33-60) Chapter XI 'Abyssinia Continued'
  • (fols. 61-104) Chapter XII 'Abyssinia Concluded'
  • (fols. 105-20) Chapter XIII 'The Unemployment Grants Committee'
  • (fols. 121-40) Chapter XIV 'Morocco: The International and Spanish Zones'
  • (fols. 141-74) Chapter XV 'Morocco: The French Zone'
  • (fols. 175-212) Chapter XVI 'Bechuanaland Protectorate: Introduction'
  • (fols. 213-49) Chapter XVII 'Bechuanaland Protectorate: N'gamiland, Walvis Railway, South West Africa and the Kalahari'
  • (fols. 250-86) Chapter XVIII 'Bechuanaland Protectorate: The Caprivi Zipfel, Game, Witchcraft and a Royal Visit'
  • (fols. 287-337) Chapter XIX 'Bechuanaland Protectorate: Foot and Mouth Disease, Cattle Smuggling, Native Conditions and Farewell'

As MS. Eng. c. 7191 above, chapters XVI-XXV; research notes and papers
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7193
Extent: 452 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-28) Chapter XX 'Bechuanaland Breeze'
  • (fols. 29-91) Chapter XXI 'Transfer of the South African Protectorates'
  • (fols. 92-141) Chapter XXII 'South Africa: Retirement, Europe and America, South Africa at War, Misunderstanding and Racialism'
  • (fols. 142-73) Chapter XXIII 'South Africa: The Native Question'
  • (fols. 174-203) Chapter XXIV 'South Africa: The Cape in War and Peace'
  • (fols. 204-257) Chapter XV 'World Conditions and Prospects'
  • (fols. 258-87) Separate unnumbered chapter 'Portrait of a Lady 1872-1958'
  • (fols. 288-452) Research notes and papers

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