General Duffell first went to Hong Kong as a young officer in the 2nd Gurkha Rifles in 1961 and served in the Territory with his Regiment at the time of Mao’s Cultural Revolution and thereafter in various appointments in the 1970’s and 80’s including Commander Gurkha Field Force 1984-85. From 1989 to 1992 Sir Peter was Commander British Forces Hong Kong, Major General Brigade of Gurkhas and a member of the Territory’s Executive Council, the Cabinet of Hong Kong – from the Tiananmen Square demonstrations to the arrival of Chris Patten. He was invited to attend the Handover ceremonies in 1997. He has been a regular visitor to Hong Kong and China over the last twenty years. In this talk the General reflects on some of the military and civil events and incidents that he has played a part in or witnessed as a soldier and civilian over 55 years of involvement in the Territory.
Bio for Lieutenant General Sir Peter Duffell KCB CBE MC
Peter Duffell was commissioned into the 2nd KEO Goorkhas in 1960. He served with his Regiment in Malaya and Singapore and campaigned in Borneo during the Indonesian-Malayan confrontation as well as in Northern Ireland. Military service took him from Malaya to the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office and from Hong Kong to 1st British Corps in Germany where he served as Chief of Staff. Following his three year appointment as the Army’s Inspector General in 1992 he left the Army in 1995. On retirement he worked commercially for 20 years for an American Law Firm primarily in London, New York, Beijing and Moscow. He now serves as a Trustee of the philanthropic Foyle Foundation providing financial support to the Arts. General Duffell is married to Ann. They have two children including Rachel, a journalist working in Hong Kong.
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