Tim Gowing was born in Gibraltar in 1930 and lived there with his parents until their retirement from the Colonial Service in 1953. After initially going to school locally, he went to boarding school in the UK from 1949 to 1956, but returned to Gibraltar during school holidays. His father, Dudley Gowing was a Captain in the Army during WW1, serving mostly in India. He subsequently joined the Colonial Service where he spent time out in the Gold Coast (Ghana) before taking up a post in Gibraltar as Assistant Chief of Police in 1933. In 1937 he was promoted to Commissioner of Police, a post in which he retained until his retirement in 1953. He therefore witnessed the Spanish Civil War, the whole of the Second World War and the Evacuation.

Tim Gowing talks about his father’s ‘amazing’ career in Gibraltar and recollects his childhood memories of growing up in Gibraltar and spending his holidays from boarding school there.


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