High Commissioners for Palestine and Transjordan
|High Commissioner of Palestine and Trans-Jordan|
Public Seal of the High Commissioner of Palestine
Flag of the High Commissioner of Palestine
|Style||His Excellency The Right Honourable|
|Appointer||King/Queen of the United Kingdom|
|Formation||1 July 1920|
|First holder||Sir Herbert Louis Samuel|
|Final holder||Sir Alan Cunningham|
|Abolished||14 May 1948|
The High Commissioner for Palestine was the highest ranking authority representing the United Kingdom in the mandated territories of Palestine and Transjordan under the British Mandate for Palestine. In 1928, a separate post of High Commissioner for Trans-Jordan, the holder of which was responsible for overseeing Transjordan, was created; however, this post was always held simultaneously by the High Commissioner for Palestine.
The British representative to Amman was "responsible to the high commissioner in his role as representative of the mandatory power, but not in his capacity as head of the Palestine administration."
They were based in Jerusalem. The office commenced on 1 July 1920, before the commencement of the Mandate on 29 September 1923, and replaced the British military occupation under the Occupied Enemy Territory Administration, which had operated in Palestine in 1917–1918. The office ceased with the expiration of the Mandate on 15 May 1948.
List of High Commissioners for Palestine and High Commissioners for Trans-Jordan
|Name||Term start||Term end|
|Sir Herbert Louis Samuel||1 July 1920||30 June 1925|
|Field Marshal Lord Plumer||25 August 1925||31 July 1928|
|Sir Harry Charles Luke
|31 July 1928||6 December 1928|
|Sir John Chancellor||6 December 1928||1 November 1931|
|Sir Mark Aitchison Young
|1 November 1931||20 November 1931|
|Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope||20 November 1931||1 March 1938|
|William Denis Battershill
(acting for Wauchope)
|September 1937||24 November 1937|
|Sir Harold MacMichael||3 March 1938||30 August 1944|
|Field Marshal The Viscount Gort||1 November 1944||5 November 1945|
|Sir Alan Cunningham||21 November 1945||14 May 1948|
- Mary Christina Wilson (28 June 1990). King Abdullah, Britain and the Making of Jordan. Cambridge University Press. pp. 73–. ISBN 978-0-521-39987-6.
For example, his desire that Transjordan be totally dissociated from Palestine was accomplished by the fine distinction of making Philby responsible to the high commissioner in his role as representative of the mandatory power, but not in his capacity as head of the Palestine administration. (Privately, London held the reservation that 'the door would not be closed to a possible rapprochement between the two administrations in the future.)
- Report to the League of Nations on the Administration of Palestine and Trans-Jordan for the year 1928
- World Statesmen - Israel
- Agreement between his Britannic Majesty and His Highness the Amir of Trans-Jordan, February 1928 Article 1, "His Highness the Amir agrees that His Britannic Majesty shall be represented in Trans-Jordan by a British Resident acting on behalf of the High Commissioner for Trans-Jordan."