Mansfield Smith-Cumming

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Person.png Mansfield Smith-Cumming   SpartacusRdf-icon.png
(deep politician)
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Born1 April 1859
South London, United Kingdom
Died14 June 1923 (Age 64)
London, United Kingdom

[[|x22px|link=Chief of the SIS]] Chief of the SIS

In office
1909 - 14 June 1923
The first holder of this job

Mansfield Cumming was the first head of the organisation which later became the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).


In 1909, Captain Mansfield Cumming of the Royal Navy was appointed head of the Naval section of the new Secret Service Bureau. In 1916, this section became MI1c within the War Office's Directorate of Military Intelligence.[1]


At his death in 1923, Cumming was succeeded by Rear Admiral Hugh Sinclair.

1 April 1859|14 June 1923|


  1. Michael Smith, The Spying Game, Politico's, 2003, p.67.