|John Cecil Cloake|
2 December 1924|
|Died||9 July 2014(aged 89)|
|Occupation||Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Bulgaria, historian|
|Education||King's College School, Wimbledon, London|
|Alma mater||Peterhouse, Cambridge|
|Notable awards||CMG 1977,
Hon. DLitt. Kingston 2004
|Spouse||Margaret Thomure ("Molli") Morris|
John Cloake CMG FSA D Litt (2 December 1924 – 9 July 2014) was a historian and author of several works mostly relating to the local history of Richmond upon Thames and surrounding areas. He was also a former United Kingdom diplomatic representative in Bulgaria.
Early life, education and military service
Cloake, the son of Dr Cecil Stedman Cloake and Maude Osborne Newling, was born and raised in Wimbledon, London, where he attended King's College School. During and immediately after World War II Cloake served in the Army as lieutenant in the Royal Engineers in India and Japan. After the war he completed his studies, reading History at Cambridge University.
In August 1948 Cloake commenced a career in the United Kingdom's Diplomatic Service, within the Foreign Office. Following an initial period in the Information Research Department, he was appointed Third Secretary in Baghdad in 1949 supporting Henry Mack and Jack Troutbeck. A posting to Saigon followed in 1951, first as Third Secretary then as Second Secretary. In 1956 he became Private Secretary to Permanent Under-Secretary Ivone Kirkpatrick during the time of the Suez Crisis, then to Douglas Dodds-Parker and, after that, to Ian Harvey. In 1958 he transferred to New York as Commercial Consul. He then worked in Moscow and in Tehran. His final post was in Sofia as Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Bulgaria where he was in charge of the UK's diplomatic mission between 1976 and 1980.
Cloake and his wife moved to Richmond in 1962 and soon he began researching the area's rich local history. Cloake was a leading participant in the foundation of the Richmond Local History Society and of the Museum of Richmond of which he was its first chairman. Cloake was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in March 1988, and was awarded an Honorary DLitt. from Kingston University in 2004.
Cloake published many contributions to Richmond History, the Journal of the Richmond Local History Society (most recently, the 2014 issue), and wrote several books including:
- Cloake, John (1982). The growth of Richmond. Ricchmond Society History Section. ISBN 978-0950819808.
- Cloake, John (1985). Templer, Tiger of Malaya: The Life of Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer. Harrap. ISBN 978-0245542046.
- Cloake, John (1989). Richmond's Links with North America. Richmond Local History Society. ISBN 978-0950819846.
- Cloake, John (1990). Richmond's Great Monastery: The Charterhouse of Jesus of Bethlehem of Shene. Richmond Local History Society. ISBN 978-0950819860.
- Cloake, John (1991). Richmond Past: A Visual History of Richmond, Kew, Petersham and Ham. London: Historical Productions. ISBN 0948667141. Recounts the history of the Richmond area – including Kew, Petersham and Ham – from 1501 and is illustrated with drawings, paintings and photographs.
- Cloake, John (1992). Royal Bounty: The Richmond Parish Lands Charity 1786–1991. Trustees of Richmond Parish Lands Charity. ISBN 978-0951989609.
- Cloake, John (1995). The Palaces and Parks of Richmond and Kew 1: The Palaces of Shene and Richmond. Phillimore & Co Ltd. ISBN 978-0850339765.
- Cloake, John (1996). The Palaces and Parks of Richmond and Kew 2: Richmond Lodge and the Kew Palaces. Phillimore & Co Ltd. ISBN 978-1860770234. OCLC 36045530. OL 8627654M.
- Cloake, John (1999). Richmond Past and Present in Old Photographs (Britain in Old Photographs). Sutton Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-0750918428.
- Cloake, John (2001). Cottages and Common Fields of Richmond and Kew. Phillimore & Co Ltd. ISBN 978-1860771958.
- Cloake, John (2001). Richmond Palace: Its History and Its Plan. Richmond Local History Society. ISBN 978-0952209966.
While in Saigon, in 1952, he met Margaret ("Molli") Morris (1929–2008) from Washington, who was serving there in the United States Diplomatic Service, and they were married in Cambridge four years later in 1956. She died in 2008.
- Dyduch, Amy (18 July 2014). "Museum of Richmond founder John Cloake has died, aged 89". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- Cloake, John Cecil. Who's Who. 1920–2007 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
- Wright, Abbey (April 2013). "Recollections of John Cloake's Diplomatic Career". British Diplomatic Oral History Programme. Churchill College Archive Centre, Cambridge University. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
- "A Very Canny Scot: Festival Icons of the Orthodox Church". Two Plus George Ltd. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "Author and Former Diplomatic Servant Visits the Richmond Hill Campus". Richmond, The American International University in London. 22 May 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "Mr John C Cloake CMG FSA". Fellows Directory. Society of Antiquaries of London. Retrieved 15 July 2014. The entry reads: "Mr John C Cloake CMG FSA Degrees and Honours: MA Hon DLitt CMG Elected Date: 30 April 1998"
- Richmond History: The Journal of Richmond History Society No 35 (2014). Richmond Local History Society. 2014.
- "Cloake". Telegraph announcements. 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- Cloake, Mary (10 July 2014). "CLOAKE, John Cecil, C.M.G., F.S.A., D Litt.,". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
- "John Cloake 1924–2014". Richmond Local History Society. July 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- Cloake, John (5 March 2014): "Being British Ambassador to Bulgaria in the 70s", Global conversations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
|Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Sofia