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Name: THOMAS, Thomas Shenton Whitelegge GCMG, OBE, Sir

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Birth Date: 10.10.1879 London

Death Date: 15.1.1962 Kensington, London

Nationality: British

First Date: 1900

Profession: Appointed Asst. Chief Secretary and Clerk to LegCo EAP. Also served on Municipal Committees and in 1918 was appointed Asst. Chief Secretary, Uganda Protectorate. Promoted to service in Nigeria. 1939 Governor of Singapore

Area: Nairobi, Uganda

Married: In South Kensington, London 11 Apr 1912 Lucy Marguerite Montgomery b. 24 July 1884 Shimla, India, d. 1 Sep 1978 London (dau. of James Alexander Laurence Montgomery)

Children: Mary Bridget (2 Oct 1914 Nairobi-1998)

Book Reference: Gillett, HBEA, Golf, Perkins, Cranworth, Debretts, North, Colonial, Nicholls, Llewellin, Leader14

School: St. John's School, Leatherhead and Queen's College Cambridge

General Information:

Later Colonial Sec. in Gold Coast in 1927, Governor of Nyasaland 1929-32 and subsequently Governor of Gold Coast and of Straits Settlement.
On fall of Singapore he and his wife were made prisoners by the Japanese who treated them very harshly He retired from Colonial Service in 1946 and for some years served as Chairman of the Royal Overseas League and as Vice Pres. of the Fauna Preservation Society.   
Golf - present at first general meeting of Nairobi, later Royal Nairobi, Golf Club in 1910.   
Cranworth - Hard work held no terrors for "Tommy" Thomas. In addition to drive, charm and capability he had a large measure of that even rarer quality - sound common sense.
Debretts - served in Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria Civil Service; was Colonial Sec., Gold Coast 1927-9, Gov. and Com.-in-Ch. of Nyasaland Protectorate 1929-32, of Gold Coast 1932-4, and of Straits Settlements and High Commr. Malay States, and British Agent for N. Borneo and Sarawak 1934-45; retired 1946; Chm. of Overseas League 1946-9; is a K.St.J.
Nicholls - a popular official who ran the Secretariat with one other official during WW1. One of his assets was his skill at cricket which made him very welcome at the Cricket Club.
Llewellin - Soccer enthusiast, 'Tommy' Thomas, later Sir Shenton Thomas

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