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Brenchley, Dr Thomas Franklocked

CMG 1964

Born 9 April 1918; m 1946, Edith Helen Helfand (d 1980); three d; died 7 July 2011

HM Diplomatic Service, retired


privately and at Sir William Turner’s Sch., Coatham; Merton Coll., Oxford (Modern History postmastership; Classical Hon. Mods, 1938; MA Philos. and Ancient Hist., 1946; Mem., Sen. Common Room, 1987; Hon. Fellow 1991; DPhil 2001); Open Univ. (BA 1986; BSc 1996). CS quals in Arabic, Norwegian and Polish.


Served with Royal Corps of Signals, 1939–46; Major on Staff of Military Attaché, Ankara, 1943–45; Director, Telecommunications Liaison Directorate, Syria and Lebanon, 1945–46. Civil Servant, GCHQ, 1947; transferred to Foreign Office, 1949; First Secretary: Singapore, 1950–53; Cairo, 1953–56; FO, 1956–58; MECAS, 1958–60; Counsellor, Khartoum, 1960–63; Chargé d’Affaires, Jedda, 1963; Head of Arabian Department, Foreign Office, 1963–67; Assistant Under-Secretary of State, Foreign Office, 1967–68; Ambassador to: Norway, 1968–72; Poland, 1972–74; Vis. Fellow, Inst. for Study of Conflict, 1974–75; Dep. Sec., Cabinet Office, 1975–76. Dep. Sec. Gen. and Chief Exec., Arab-British Chamber of Commerce, 1976–83; Chairman: Institute for Study of Conflict, 1983–89; Res. Inst. for Study of Conflict and Terrorism, 1989–94; Pres., Internat. Inst. for Study of Conflict, Geneva, 1989–91. Dir, Center for Security Studies, Washington DC, 1988–90


New Dimensions of European Security (ed), 1975; Norway and her Soviet Neighbour: NATO’s Arctic Frontier, 1982; Diplomatic Immunities and State-sponsored Terrorism, 1984; Living With Terrorism: the problem of air piracy, 1986; Britain and the Middle East: an economic history 1945–87, 1989; Aegean Conflict and the Law of the Sea, 1990; Britain, the Six-Day War and its Aftermath, 2005


collecting (and sometimes reading) books


Travellers (Chm., 1991–94)


19 Ennismore Gardens, SW7 1AA