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Biographical entry Clifford, Sir Geoffrey Miles (1897 - 1986)

KBE 1949; CMG 1944; Médaille de la Résistance Française avec Rosette; Hon FRCS 1965; Hon FDSRCS 1963.

21 February 1986
Administrator and Diplomat


Sir Miles Clifford was born in 1897 and, after a private education and military service in France and Flanders during the first world war, entered the Colonial Service and was appointed to the administration service in Nigeria. In the early years of the second world war he commanded the Nigerian European Defence Force and from 1942 to 1944 he served as Colonial Secretary in Gibraltar. In 1944 he returned to Nigeria as senior resident and from 1946 to 1954 served as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Falkland Islands.

After retiring from the Colonial Service he devoted his life to civilian administration, serving as a member of the London County Council from 1955 to 1958 and also on many charitable trusts including the Leverhulme Trust from 1956. He was a life governor of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, a trustee of the East Grinstead Research Trust and a member of the management committee of the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences. He was honorary treasurer of the Society of Health Education and a member of the Porritt Working Party on Medical Aid to Developing Countries. He also served as chairman of the planning committee of the Chelsea group of postgraduate hospitals and as vice-chairman of the Royal College of Surgeons' appeal committee.

His devoted work was recognised by the award of an Honorary Fellowship on 11 February 1965, when the formal citation was delivered by Sir Edward Muir, then Dean of the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences. He died on 21 February 1986 aged 88.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 27 February 1986; Ann Roy Coll Surg Eng 1965, 36, 243].

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