Sir Percy Wyn-Harris, KCMG, MBE, KStJ (born Percy Wynne Harris on 24 August 1903 in Acton, Middlesex; died 25 February 1979 in Petersfield, Hampshire) was an English mountaineer, political administrator, and yachtsman. He was Governor of the Gambia from 1949 to 1958 and was knighted in 1952.
Early life and mountaineering
In 1925, he made the first ascent without guides of the Brouillard Ridge on Mont Blanc. In 1929, while serving with the Colonial Service in Kenya, Wyn-Harris met mountaineer Eric Shipton and together they climbed the twin peaks of Mount Kenya, making the first ascent of Nelion, the secondary summit. A member of Hugh Ruttledge's 1933 Mount Everest expedition, Wyn-Harris reached Edward Norton's record height of 8,573 m (28,126 feet). At around 8,460 m (27,920 ft), he discovered an ice axe, which was almost certainly a remnant of Mallory and Irvine's ill-fated attempt at a first ascent in 1924. Wyn-Harris returned to Everest in 1936, in an expedition again led by Hugh Ruttledge.
Wyn-Harris served with the Colonial Service in Africa for over thirty years and was Governor of The Gambia from 1949 to 1958. Subsequently, from October 1960 to June 1961, he served as Administrator of the Northern Cameroons, a region of Nigeria that previously had been a League of Nations mandate but had become a United Nations Trust Territory overseen by the United Kingdom. A United Nations plebiscite on the region's future conducted during his tenure resulted in the region formally becoming part of Nigeria at the end of May 1961.
- 1941: Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
- 1949: Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
- 1950: Knight of the Order of St John (KStJ)
- 1952: Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)
- Sir Percy Wyn-Harris (Royal Geographical Society website).
- Percy Wyn-Harris on janus.lib.cam.ac.uk.
- Leaders of The Gambia (worldstatesmen.org).
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