Henry Monck-Mason Moore

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Sir Henry Monck-Mason Moore
1st Governor-General of Ceylon
In office
4 February 1948 – 6 July 1949
Monarch George VI
Preceded by Post Created
Himself as governor
Succeeded by Herwald Ramsbotham, 1st Viscount Soulbury
29th Governor of British Ceylon
In office
19 September 1944 – 4 February 1948
Preceded by Andrew Caldecott
Succeeded by Post abolished
Himself as governor general
Personal details
Born 18 March 1887 [1]
Died 26 March 1964(1964-03-26) (aged 77)
Cape Town

Sir Henry Monck-Mason Moore GCMG KStJ (18 March 1887– 26 March 1964), was British Governor of Sierra Leone, Kenya and Ceylon.

The son of Rev. Edward William Moore, he was educated at Rokeby, KCS, Wimbledon and Jesus College, Cambridge, graduating in 1909. In World War I, he was a Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery based in Salonika from 1916 to 1919.

After serving as Governor of Sierra Leone from 1934 to 1937, he joined the Colonial Department in London as Assistant Under Secretary of State from 1937 to 1939 and Deputy Under Secretary of State from 1939 to 1940.

From 1940 to 1944, he was Governor of Kenya and then from 1944 to 1948 he was Governor of Ceylon. After the independence of Ceylon in 1948, he served as Governor-General until 1950.

He married Daphne, daughter of William John Benson in 1921. He was the brother of the psychoanalyst Sylvia Payne.

Awards and honours[edit]


  • Hankinson, C. F. J. (ed.) Debrett's Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, 1954, Odhams Press, 1954
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Arnold Hodgson
Governor of Sierra Leone
Succeeded by
Sir Douglas Jardine
Preceded by
Sir Robert Brooke-Popham
Governor of Kenya
Succeeded by
Sir Philip Euen Mitchell
Preceded by
Sir Andrew Caldecott
Governor of Ceylon
Post abolished
New creation Governor-General of Ceylon
Succeeded by
The Lord Soulbury
  1. ^ "Biographical Notes" in Selections from the Smuts Papers: Volume VII, August 1945-October 1950, Jean van der Poel, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2007) p423