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Kerry Bagshaw OBE

Discussion in 'Roll of Honor & Memories - All Other Conflicts' started by GRW, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "Kerry Bagshaw, who has died aged 72, was a Royal Marine officer who went on to work for the Secret Intelligence Service.
    In 1988 Bagshaw became first secretary at the British Embassy in Moscow where he reported on political and military developments in the Soviet Union. He then returned to London to help to prepare Stella Rimington, the future director-general of MI5, for her historic meeting with the KGB in its headquarters and chief prison, the Lubyanka.
    Ostensibly the purpose was to help the Russians come to terms with working in a democracy. The actual meeting was, Rimington later recalled, “like wild animals suddenly presented with their prey in circumstances where they couldn’t eat it.”
    Between 1993 and 1995 Bagshaw managed security operations throughout Western Europe, and from 1995 to 1998 he headed a group responsible for building new relationships with Russia, central and eastern Europe and the Balkans, before becoming, in 1998, special representative to the Caspian region.
    Charles Kerry Bagshaw was born on October 5 1943 in Gloucester, brought up in Buxton, and educated by the White Fathers at Saint Columba’s College, a Catholic seminary near Melrose, before joining the Royal Marines as a raw recruit in 1961.
    Bagshaw saw much action in one of Britain’s bloody but forgotten colonial conflicts, the Radfan Campaign, a vicious war in the mountains between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, when the British attempted to keep a truce between tribesmen and to maintain the separate identity of Aden. In 1964, he was selected for officer training."

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