7 June talk - General Jocelyn Percy, by Neil Rees

Wednesday, 7th June 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm

Location: Embassy of Albania, 33 St George's Dr, London, SW1V 4DG

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Dear Member,

I am pleased to let you know that we have scheduled another talk by author Neil Rees, who will tell us about the role played in Albania by General Jocelyn Percy during the 1920s and 30s. This will be held at the Embassy of Albania on Wednesday 7 June at 6.30 for 7pm. You will remember the fascinating talks which Neil has given us, for example on King Zog's exile in Britain during World War II and on the 1930s' novelist Ann Bridge. Here is his forward to this talk:

General Percy (1871-1952) was the Inspector-General of the Albanian Gendarmerie from 1926 to 1938, reporting directly to King Zog. During that time a group of British military men, mainly retired from active duty in India, served in the different towns of Albania. General Percy was a popular person in Albania and had a house in Tirana.  His son Alister Percy also worked as his Private Secretary.  During this period law and order improved in Albania and stability and tourism increased, which was largely attributed to the Gendarmerie.

Neil Rees wrote a book called "A Royal Exile" about King Zog and his exile in Britain. In chapter 2 of this book (pages 10-15) he wrote about the British community in Albania between the wars including the work of General Percy and the Gendarmerie.

In October 2016 Alister Percy (son of Alister Percy and grandson of General Jocelyn Percy) travelled to Albania with Neil Rees in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, where they went to places his father and grandfather had been and they met people who were connected to his family. Alister Percy will also attend the 7 June talk.

The trip was made into a mini documentary by the European University in Tirana.


Refreshments will follow the talk.

Best wishes,

Stephen Nash


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