Sydney Giffard

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Sir Charles Sydney Rycroft Giffard KCMG (born 30 October 1926) is a British diplomat and author.

Early life[edit]

Giffard was educated at Repton School and read classics at Wadham College, Oxford University.[1]


Giffard's career in the foreign service began in 1961.[1]

He became the British Ambassador to Switzerland from 1980.[2] He returned to London as Deputy Under Secretary of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1982 to 1984.[1] In 1984-1986, he was Ambassador from the United Kingdom to Japan.[1]


Selected works[edit]

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Sydney Giffard, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 8 works in 15 publications in 1 language and 1,120 library holdings.[4]

  • Ai no Shogen (The Flowers are fallen) by Rinzō Shiina, 1961, translated from the Japanese by Giffard
  • Japan among the powers 1880-1990, 1994
  • Guns, kites and horses: three diaries from the Western front, 2003


  1. ^ a b c d e Embassy of Japan in the UK, "The Japanese Government confers a decoration to Sir Sydney Giffard"; retrieved 2013-1-7.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 48325. p. 13693. 1 October 1980. Retrieved 2013-01-7.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 49583. p. 4. 31 December 1983. Retrieved 2013-01-7.
  4. ^ WorldCat Identities: Giffard, Sydney