David Petrie

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Person.png David Petrie   Powerbase SpartacusRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spook, policeman)
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Born9 September 1879
Inveravon, Banffshire
Died7 August 1961 (Age 81)
Sidmouth, Devon
Alma materAberdeen University
Wartime head of MI6 after just 5 years in the organisation.

Employment.png Director General of MI5

In office
April 1941 - May 1946
DeputyGuy Liddell
Preceded byOswald Allen Harker
Succeeded byPercy Sillitoe


Petrie served in the Indian Police from 1900 to 1936, before joining the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS). He was transferred from the SIS to become head of the Security Service in 1941, a job he held until May 1946.[1]

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  1. Former Directors General, MI5, accessed 8 July 2009.

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