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Wauchope to Quit Early Next Year, Ormsby-gore Tells Commons; Poor Health Cited

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LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SIR ARTHUR GRENFELL WAUCHOPE, FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR PALESTINE, WILL RESIGN EARLY IN 1938 FOR REASONS OF HEALTH, COLONIAL SECRETARY WILLIAM G.A. ORMSBY-GORE ANNOUNCED TODAY IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.

SIR ARTHUR, WHO HAS BEEN CRITICIZED IN MANY QUARTERS FOR LENIENCY IN DEALING WITH ARAB TERRORISM, ONLY YESTERDAY LEFT A NURSING HOME, WHERE HE HAD BEEN TREATED FOR AN EYE AILMENT WHILE ON LEAVE FROM JERUSALEM.

GENERAL WAUCHOPE WAS THE FOURTH HIGH COMMISSIONER, HAVING BEEN APPOINTED NOV. 12, 1931, TO SUCCEED SIR JOHN ROBERT CHANCELLOR, AND THEN RE-APPOINTED LAST YEAR FOR ANOTHER FIVE-YEAR TERM. NO ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE AS TO HIS SUCCESSOR, BUT IN RECENT WEEKS FIELD MARSHAL SIR PHILIP CHETWODE AND SIR JOHN ANDERSON, FORMER GOVERNOR OF BENGAL, HAVE BEEN SPOKEN OF AS THE LIKELIEST CANDIDATES FOR THE POST.

IN ANNOUNCING THE RESIGNATION IN COMMONS, MR. ORMSBY-GORE EXPRESSED THE GOVERNMENT’S DEEP APPRECIATION OF SIR ARTHUR’S LONG AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICES TO THE STATE.

“SINCE WAUCHOPE CAME ON LEAVE,” THE COLONIAL SECRETARY STATED, “HE HAS SUFFERED FROM AN ILLNESS REQUIRING TREATMENT IN A NURSING HOME. HE IS NOW RECOVERING, AND IT IS HOPED HE WILL BE SUFFICIENTLY RESTORED TO HEALTH TO RESUME HIS POST IN THE MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER.

“HE HAS, HOWEVER, INTIMATED THAT HE DOES NOT FEEL HIS HEALTH PERMITS COMPLETION OF THE FULL SECOND TERM, AND THEREFORE HAS ASKED TO BE RELIEVED OF HIS DUTIES IN THE EARLY PART OF NEXT YEAR.”

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