John Taylor
John Robertson

John Taylor

John Debenham Taylor
born 25.4.1920 Wallington,Surrey
son of John Francis and Harriet (nee Williams) Taylor
educated Aldenham School
Eastern Counties Farmers Cooperative Association Ltd,Ipswich
Territorial Army (2Lt) February 1939
commissioned 2Lt Royal Artillery September 1939
anti-aircraft battery,RAF Duxford
artillery advisor Finland 1940
Hong Kong and Singapore Artillery (Aden,Egypt and Libya)
instructor,Intelligence course,Oxford 1942-43
Carlisle Mansions,London (planning of Op.Overlord)
SOE finishing school,Beaulieu (instructor) (Captain)
Force 136 SOE (HQ Colombo,Ceylon) (Major) late 1944
Force 136 (Indonesia) 1945
SIS (MI6) postwar
Berlin 1947-50
Bangkok 1950-52
Hanoi 1952-53
Bangkok 1954-56
Singapore 1958-60
Chief of Station,Kuala Lumpur 1964-66
Controller Asian Division 1966-69
Washington,D.C. 1969-70 (used his surname as Debenham-Taylor)
Head of Station,Paris 1972-73
Director of Production (London) 1973-77
retired March 1977
awards C.M.G. 1967 O.B.E. 1959
married Gillian May James 1966 (1 daughter Catharine)
died 30.1.2016
cremated West Sussex
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