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Sir Cecil Clementi, GCMG KStJ FRGS MRAS

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Subject :Sir Cecil Clementi, GCMG KStJ FRGS MRAS
Published By : None 
Location : Singapore
Estimated Year : 1932
Media Type : Photograph
Source : National Archives of Malaysia
Remark : Born in India on 1 September, 1875 Cecil Clementi, was fated to join the government service as an administrator as he came from an aristocratic and famous family which included Sir Cecil Clementi Smith (former Governor of the Straits Settlements) as his uncle, while his father was the Colonel Montagu Clementi, Indian Judge-Advocate-General. Consequently after studying in England, first at St Paul’s School and then Magdalen College, Oxford, he found himself in Hong Kong in 1899 as a Civil Service Cadet. He was 24.

He made the best use of his time in the colony by learning Cantonese, and later Mandarin and travelled extensively in China. He held a number of Senior posts in Hong Kong, British Guiana and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), before being appointed as Governor of the Straits Settlements and High Commissioner of the Federated Malay States in November 1929, taking up the appointment in February 1930, in place of Sir Hugh Clifford who had retired due to ill-health.

Like his predecessor he retired from ill-health while on leave in England, officially leaving this, his last colonial post, in November 1934. A prolific writer, he passed away in England on 5 April 1947.

To read more about Sir Hugh Clifford, click here.

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