Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sir Roger Houssemayne du Boulay, KCVO, CMG 1922-2020

_. Sir Roger Houssemayne du Boulay, KCVO, CMG, who died 14 April, 2020, aged 98, was a scion of that landed gentry family, and served as Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps.

Boulay served in the Colonial Service, and served in Nigeria between 1949 and 1958. In 1959 he joined Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service, and held appointments in Washington, the Foreign Office, Manilla and Paris. From 1973 to 1975 he was Resident Commissioner of the New Hebrides. He was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 1975 Birthday Honours. On 12 December 1975 he became Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, retaining the post until 9 April 1982. He was knighted in the Royal Victorian Order in 1982, having been made a CVO in 1972. He later served as an adviser to the Solomon Islands and Swaziland governments.

He was born 30 March, 1922, second son of Capt Charles Roger Houssemayne du Boulay, RN, of Exton House, Exton, Southampton, by his wife the former Mary Alice Veronica Morgan.

He married 30 Jan, 1957, as her second husband, Mrs Elizabeth Hudson, formerly wife of Havelock Henry Trevor Hudson, and daughter of Brig Francis Wyville Home, RM,  and Lady Pile, by whom he had issue, one daughter, Sophia Elizabeth Lucinda, born 20 Apr, 1959.


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