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Sir William Luce in the Middle East.

Daly, M.W. (2012) 'Sir William Luce in the Middle East.', Working Paper. University of Durham, Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Durham.


Luce‟s “Class” of 1930 in the Sudan Political Service was not one of those famous for its scholars or athletes. Of the fifteen recruited that year, only one had a first-class degree, four had thirds, and one had a fourth. Of those who reached retirement age in the Sudan, one became Director of Economics and Trade, and five retired after achieving the rank of Governor. Incidentally the member with the fourth-class degree had played football and squash for Oxford and retired as the Senior Judge in the Sudan. There was nothing unusual about Luce‟s early career in the Sudan. After the normal short training course in Khartoum he was posted to al-Damer in Berber Province, downriver from Khartoum, in September 1930 as an Assistant District Commissioner; then, from July 1932, to Berber town; and finally in April 1933 to Shendi. Berber Province was picture-postcard Northern Sudan, with old, historic towns, irrigated agriculture along the Nile, and famous nomadic tribes in the hinterland.

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