Theodore Pike

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Theodore Pike

Governor of British Somaliland
In office
Preceded bySir Gerald Reece
Succeeded bySir Douglas Hall
Personal details
Born(1904-08-02)2 August 1904
Thurles, Ireland
Died27 December 1987(1987-12-27) (aged 83)
Guildford, England

Sir Theodore Ouseley Pike KCMG (2 August 1904 – 27 December 1987) was an Irish colonial administrator and a sports international.

Early life[edit]

Pike was born in Thurles in County Tipperary in 1904. In 1904, Ireland was a part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Rugby international

In his youth, Pike was a keen sportsman: he played rugby union, usually as prop. He was good enough to play to international standard and represented Ireland, by then a divided nation politically but still fielding an All-Ireland rugby team, for two seasons.[1] In 1927 and in 1928, Pike took part in 7 matches in the Five Nations Championship, playing against France and all the other Home Nations. In addition, Pike played for Britain in a test against Australia.


Pike made his career in colonial administration, rising to become Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British Somaliland, now a part of Somalia, from 1954 to 1959. In 1956, he was knighted, as a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George, to become Sir Theodore Pike.

Later life[edit]

Sir Theodore retired to Guildford in Surrey and died in 1987.