Percivale Liesching

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Sir Percivale Liesching GCMG KCB KCVO (1895–1973) was a British civil servant who held two posts as Permanent Under-Secretary and was High Commissioner in South Africa.


Born in London on 1 April 1895, Liesching was educated at Bedford School and Brasenose College, Oxford. During World War I he served in the Rifle Brigade.[1]

He held the posts of Permanent Under-Secretary, Ministry of Food, 1946–1948, Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, 1949–1955, and High Commissioner in South Africa, 1955–1958.

He died in Sidcup, Kent, on 4 November 1973.



  1. ^ "No. 29334". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 October 1915. p. 10365.