Henry Everard

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Lieutenant-Colonel
Henry Everard
GCLM, ICD, DSO, TD
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Henry Breedon Everard
Acting President of Rhodesia
In office
31 December 1975 to 14 January 1976;
31 August 1978 to 1 November 1978; – 5 March 1979 to 1 June 1979
Prime Minister Ian Smith
Preceded by Clifford Dupont
John Wrathall
Jack William Pithey
Succeeded by John Wrathall
Jack William Pithey
Josiah Gumede
Personal details
Born 21 February 1897
Barnet, London, United Kingdom
Died 7 August 1980(1980-08-07) (aged 83)
Nationality British
Political party Rhodesian Front
Alma mater Marlborough College
Cambridge University

Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Breedon Everard DSO (21 February 1897 – 7 August 1980) was a railway engineer and executive who became for a brief time the Acting President of Rhodesia during the U.D.I. period.

Everard was born in Barnet and educated at Marlborough College and Cambridge University. During the First World War he served in France with the Rifle Brigade, where he was wounded in combat and reached the rank of Captain. He worked as a railway engineer from 1922, but was commissioned again on the outbreak of the Second World War, this time in the Sherwood Foresters; he was taken prisoner by German forces, awarded the Distinguished Service Order, and reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. When repatriated after the war he became an executive of British Railways.

In 1953 Everard moved to Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia to become General Manager of Rhodesia Railways, which he remained for five years before retiring. He supported the Rhodesian Front and stood in for Clifford Dupont (who had been made "Officer Administering the Government") in 1968–69. Following the proclamation of a Republic, Everard was Acting President on several occasions.

References[edit]

  • Encyclopaedia Rhodesia (The College Press, Salisbury, 1973)
Political offices
Preceded by
Clifford Dupont
John Wrathall
Jack William Pithey
 
President of Rhodesia
1975 – 1976
1978
1979
 
Succeeded by
John Wrathall
Jack William Pithey
Josiah Gumede
(of Zimbabwe Rhodesia)