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George Beresford-Stooke
Born George Beresford Stooke
(1897-01-03)3 January 1897
Priors Marston, Warwickshire, England
Died 7 April 1983(1983-04-07) (aged 86)
Somerset, England
Nationality United Kingdom
Occupation Colonial civil servant
Known for Governor of Sierra Leone

Sir George Beresford-Stooke KCMG (3 January 1897 – 7 April 1983) – always known as "Toby" - was Chief Secretary to Northern Rhodesia,[1] and later was appointed Governor of Sierra Leone from September, 1947 until December 1952.[2][3]

Beresford-Stooke was born on 3 January 1897 in Priors Marston, Warwickshire. On 15 January 1914 (just after his 17th birthday) he enrolled in the Royal Navy, with the rank of Paymaster Lieutenant.[4]

After the end of the First World War, he joined her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service (HMOCS), serving in Sarawak, Kenya, Mauritius, Zanzibar, and as Chief Secretary of Northern Rhodesia and then of Nigeria.[5]

He married Creenagh Richards.

While Governor of Sierra Leone, he was also Chief Scout of that country.[5]

In 1951, Sir George revised the Constitution of Sierra Leone[6] [7][8] In 1954 Sir George was appointed a Knight of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.[9] His portrait is in the National Portrait Gallery[10]

They retired to East Molesey, Surrey, and Sir George became Second Crown Agent for the Colonies.[11] He served as Treasurer to the International African Institute, 1955–1965, and as Vice-Chairman, 1957–1974.[12]

In 1954, after six months as Assistant, Sir George, having been a Scout for many years, was appointed Overseas Commissioner for the Boy Scout Association[5]

In 1959, Sir George was part of a team to investigate the detention camps in Kenya/[13]

Sir George was a Gentleman Usher of the Blue Rod, 1959–1972.

They later moved to Hillfarance, West of Taunton, Somerset, and he died on 7 April 1983.

See also

  • Index of Sierra Leone-related articles
  • Hannah Benka-Coker


  1. Carey Jones, N. S. (10 June 2011). The Pattern of a Dependent Economy. Cambridge University press. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-521-24201-1. 
  2. Cahoon, Ben. "Sierra Leone". 
  3. Sunderland, David (21 June 2007). Managing British Colonial and Post-Colonial Development: The Crown Agents, 1914–1974. Boydell Press. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-84383-301-7. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2
  6. Badmus, IA (2009). "Explaining Women's Roles in the West African Tragic Triplet: Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Cote d'Ivoire in Comparative Perspective". pp. 808–839. ISSN 1944-1088. 
  7. – but they have the date as 1961, which is wrong.
  8. This, too has the date wrong, as 1961, for by then he had been out of office for nine years.
  10. "Group including Sir George Beresford-Stooke; John Llewellin, Baron Llewellin; Frederick Erroll, Baron Erroll; James Callaghan – National Portrait Gallery". 
  11. Beresford-Stooke, George (1 January 1954). "Sierra Leone To-Day". pp. 56–65. Digital object identifier:10.1093/oxfordjournals.afraf.a094189. JSTOR 718727. 
  12. "Sir George Beresford-Stooke: A Personal Tribute". 2011. pp. 91. Digital object identifier:10.1017/S0001972000095577. 
  13. "KENYA DETENTION CAMPS (Hansard, 7 May 1959)". 
Court offices
Preceded by
Sir Alan Hotham
Gentleman Usher of the Blue Rod
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Abell

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