Oswald Allen Harker

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Person.png Oswald Allen Harker   Namebase Powerbase WikidataRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(soldier, spook)
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Cirencester, UK
Died1968 (Age 81)

Employment.png Acting Director General of MI5

In office
June 1940 - April 1941
Preceded byVernon Kell
Succeeded byDavid Petrie
Reportedly ineffective.

Brigadier Oswald "Jasper" Harker C.B.E. served as Acting Director General of the Security Service (MI5) from 1940 to 1941.[1]


Oswald Allen Harker was born in Cirencester in 1886, the son of James Allen Harker, professor at the Royal Agricultural College, and his wife Lizzie Allen Harker. His younger brother was Brigadier Arthur William Allen Harker CBE.


Harker became Deputy Director General of MI5 when Sir David Petrie was appointed as permanent head of the service in 1941. He retired in 1946.[2][3]