Eric Machtig

Sir Eric Gustav Machtig, GCMG, OBE (1889 - 24 July 1973) was a British civil servant. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, he entered the civil service as an official in the Colonial Office in 1912; he moved to the Dominions Office in 1930 and he was appointed Permanent Secretary in May 1940; when the office merged with the India and Burma Offices to form the Commonwealth Relations Office in 1947, he became joint Permanent Secretary of the CRO (jointly with Sir Archibald Carter), serving until the end of 1948. Retiring from the civil service in 1949, he became a director of a number of trusts, charities and financial organisations.[1][2] Both of Machtig's parents were German-born.[2]


  1. ^ "Sir Eric Machtig", The Times (London), 25 July 1973, p. 18. Gale CS304576761.
  2. ^ a b Lorna Lloyd, "Machtig, Sir Eric Gustav Siegfried", The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed., Oxford University Press, 2008). Retrieved 30 January 2022.
Government offices
Preceded by Permanent Secretary of the
Dominions Office

Succeeded by
Preceded by Permanent Secretary of the
Dominions Office

Succeeded by
himself and
Sir Archibald Carter
as Permanent Secretaries, Commonwealth Relations Office
Preceded by
as Permanent Secretary, Dominions Office
Permanent Secretary of the
Commonwealth Relations Office

With: Sir Archibald Carter
Succeeded by
Preceded byas Permanent Secretary, Burma Office and India Office