Ralph Stevenson

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Person.png Ralph Stevenson  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Ralph Stevenson.png
Born16 May 1895
British Raj
Died23 June 1977 (Age 82)
Alma materWellington College, University College Oxford
British diplomat with spook connections

Employment.png Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee

In office
7 July 1936 - 1939
First holder

Employment.png Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to His Majesty the King of Yugoslavia

In office
1943 - 1946
This being the royalist Yugoslav Government-in-Exile in Egypt, not the Partisans under Tito who formed a government after WW2.

Sir Ralph Clarmont Skrine Stevenson [1] was a British diplomat.

He was the son of Surgeon-General, H.W. Stevenson and was educated at Wellington College and University College, Oxford. He married Helen Barbara Izabel Boreel on 27 October 1921 and they had one son and divorced in 1944.[2] He had served in the Rifle Brigade during the First World War, becoming Captain in 1917. His diplomatic career began as 3rd Secretary to the Diplomatic Service in 1919; 2nd Secretary in 1921 and 1st Secretary in 1928. Moving through positions of acting Counselor (1937); Counselor (1938) he became Minister in 1941. During this period he served with the Foreign Office in missions at Copenhagen, Berlin, Sofia, The Hague, Cairo and Barcelona. From 1938 to 1939 he was Minister to Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War and from 1939 to 1941 he was the Private Secretary to Antony Eden (1897-1977), the then Foreign Secretary.[3]

From 1936 to 1939, he was Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee[citation needed](This position does not appear in his official CV), co-ordinating affairs between the major British intelligence organizations, particularly MI5, SIS and MI6[4].

In 1943, he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to His Majesty the King of Yugoslavia, a post he held until 1946.[5][6] Stevenson was Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Egypt from 1950 to 1953 and later on to the Republic of Egypt from 1953 to 1955. He left a year before the Suez crisis. L He was also a member of the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man from 1955 to 1970, as well as Captain of the Parish of Arbory from 1963 to 1976.[7]