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Sir Henry Gurney (1898-1951)

Sir Henry Lovell Goldsworthy Gurney was born on 27th June 1898, in London. He was the son of G.G.H. Gurney and Florence Gurney. Gurney was educated at Wincester College and University College Oxford. He served 60th Rifles (1917 - 1921) and posted as the Colonial servant in Kenya (1921). He was the Assistant Colonial Secretary in Jamaica (1935), Chief Secretary to the Conference of East Africa Governors (1938 - 1944), Colonial Secretary in Gold Coast (1944 - 1946), Chief Secretary to the Palestine Mandate Government (1946 - 1948) and British High Commissioner in Malaya (1948 - 1951), officially taking office on 13th September 1948. Gurney married to Lady Isabel Lowther Weir in 1924 and they have two sons. On 1948, he received the Knight Commander of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG), which is the second highest rank in the British Knighthood. On 6th October 1951, he was shot death on his the way back to Fraser's Hill; the guerrillas of the Malayan Communist Party ambushed his Roll Royce, one of many indicdents during the Malayan Emergency period. Although he had only served a short time in Malaya, his contributions to the Malayans will always be remembered. He establsihed the Advanced Approved School and Henry Gurney School in Malacca.

The garden dedicated to Sir Henry Gurney is a short walk from the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. It has its own fenced in garden with the dedication stone as the centre piece.

Last updated 19 May, 2007

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