Dick White

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Person.png Dick White   Namebase SpartacusRdf-icon.png
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Born Dick Goldsmith White
20 December 1906
Tonbridge, Kent
Died 21 February 1993 (Age 86)
Nationality British

[[|x22px|link=Coordinator for Intelligence and Security]] Coordinator for Intelligence and Security

In office
1968 - 1973
Succeeded by Leonard Hooper
The first holder of this position.

Employment.png Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
May 1956 - 1968
Deputy George Kennedy Young, Maurice Oldfield
Preceded by John Sinclair
Succeeded by John Rennie
Appointed as something of a snub to SIS

MI5 crest and logo.png Director General of MI5 Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
November 1953 - May 1956
Deputy Graham Russell Mitchell, Roger Hollis
Preceded by Percy Sillitoe
Succeeded by Roger Hollis

MI5 crest and logo.png Deputy Director General of MI5

In office
15 May 1953 - November 1953
Preceded by Guy Liddell
Succeeded by Roger Hollis
Exact start date is tentative - may have been a few days earlier.

Sir Dick White was head of the Security Service from 1953 to May 1956[1], and head of the Secret Intelligence Service from May 1956 until the end of 1968, the only person to have headed both organisations successively.[2]


White joined the Security Service in 1936, and was closely involved in operating the successful "Double Cross" system against Nazi Germany during the Second World War.[3]


White replaced Guy Liddell as Deputy Director General on (or maybe a few days before)[4] 15 May, 1953 and became Director General that November.


In May 1956, infuriated by the Buster Crabb affair, UK Prime Minister Anthony Eden, partly as a snub to MI6 (since MI5 was perceived as lower in status) transferred Dick White from Director General of MI5 to Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service.[1] He reportedly "tightened up the ground rules and specifically forbade assassination".[5]


  1. a b The A to Z of British Intelligence, Nigel West
  2. Former Directors General, MI5, accessed 8 July 2009.
  3. Former Directors General, MI5, accessed 8 July 2009.
  4. http://www.bletchleyparkresearch.co.uk/post-war-diaries-of-guy-liddell-mi5/
  5. http://www.nytimes.com/1993/02/23/world/sir-dick-white-87-ex-british-intelligence-chief.html

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