|Governor of the Gambia|
22 October 1936 –23 March 1942
|Monarch|| Edward VIII |
|Preceded by||Arthur Richards|
|Succeeded by||Hilary Blood|
|Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong|
1 May 1925 –23 March 1936
|Governor|| Cecil Clementi |
|Preceded by||Claud Severn|
|Succeeded by||Norman Lockhart Smith|
|Born||4 August 1879|
|Died||15 March 1957 77)(aged|
|Alma mater||Corpus Christi College,Oxford|
|Alternative Chinese name|
Sir Wilfrid Thomas Southorn(4 August 1879 –15 March 1957) (Chinese Translated Name: 修頓,Old Translated Name:蕭敦),known as Tom,was a British colonial administrator,spending the large part of career in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) before serving as Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong,then Governor of The Gambia.
He was educated at Warwick School and Corpus Christi College,Oxford.
He had joined the Ceylon Civil Service in 1903,and was appointed Additional Assistant Colonial Secretary in 1909,Principal Assistant Colonial Secretary in 1920,and Principal Collector of Customs and Chairman of the Post Commission in 1923.
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In 1921 he married author Bella Sidney Woolf (1877–1960),whom he met through her (later) more famous brother Leonard Woolf,when the two men were colleagues in Ceylon. In 1904,then a humble 'Office Assistant',Southorn had met Leonard Woolf on his arrival in Ceylon from England.
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