Bruce Greatbatch

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Sir Bruce Greatbatch inspecting police guard of honour on the Seychelles in 1972

Sir Bruce Greatbatch, KCVO, CMG, MBE (10 June 1917 – 20 July 1989) [1] was the British colonial governor of Seychelles from 1969 to 1973.

Early life[edit]

He was educated at Malvern College and Brasenose College, Oxford.[2] He oversaw the forced removal of the indigenous people of the Chagos Archipelago and ordered the gassing of the islander's pet dog population of 1,000. He called the Chagossians "unsophisticated" and "untrainable". The evacuation was carried out in order to construct an American military installation on Diego Garcia.


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  2. ^ 2007 "Greatbatch, Sir Bruce, (10 June 1917–20 July 1989)." WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Norman-Walker
Governor of the Seychelles
Succeeded by
Colin Allan