John Killick

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Person.png John Killick   GeniRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(diplomat, soldier, spook, deep state operative?)
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Born18 November 1919
Died12 February 2004 (Age 84)
Alma materUniversity College London, Bonn University
Member ofLe Cercle

John Edward Killick was a spooky UK diplomat.


John Killick attended Latymer Upper School, University College, London, and Bonn University. He served in the British Army during World War II, first in the Suffolk Regiment, later in the 1st Airborne Division in which he commanded the 89th Field Security Section (Intelligence Corps) at Arnhem. He was captured by the Germans, and after release in 1945 he commanded the intelligence corps unit at Siegen.

After WWII

Killick joined the Foreign Office in 1946 and served with the Allied High Commission in Germany 1948–51, at Berlin, Frankfurt and Bonn. He was private secretary to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office 1951–54, served at the embassy in Addis Ababa 1954–57, then attended the Canadian National Defence College (then located with the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College) 1957–58. He served in the Western European department at the Foreign Office 1958–62, attended the Imperial Defence College 1962–63, then was Head of Chancery at the embassy in Washington, D.C., 1963–68, and Assistant Under-Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 1968–71.

Killick was appointed Ambassador at Moscow in September 1971.[1] Shortly after he arrived, the British government expelled 90 Russian intelligence officers,[2] and Killick had to deal with the difficult Anglo-Soviet relations that followed. He returned to London 1973–75 as deputy to the Permanent Under-Secretary at the FCO, Sir Thomas Brimelow, and also Britain's Permanent Representative on the Council of the Western European Union. He was Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council (the governing body of NATO) 1975–79.

Deep political connections

He attended Le Cercle in South Africa 1984.


Killick was appointed CMG in the New Year Honours of 1966,[3] knighted KCMG in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1971[4] and raised to GCMG in the Birthday Honours of 1979.[5]


Event Participated in

Le Cercle/1984 (Capetown)12 January 198415 January 1984Stellenbosch
South Africa
4 day meeting of Le Cercle in Capetown exposed after Joel Van der Reijden discovered the attendee list for this conference and published it online in 2011
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