In his book Tennis – A Cultural History, first published in 1997, Heiner Gillmeister writes the following about Herbert Dering:
Herbert Guy Dering was the second son of Sir Henry Neville Dering, 9th Baronet, K.C.M.G. (1839-1906), British Minister to Mexico and Brazil. After education at Eton he followed his father into the diplomatic service as an attaché in 1892. He served in Berlin between 1892 and 1896, was transferred to Constantinople in 1896 and returned to Berlin in 1898. In 1899, Dering was sent to Peking (now Beijing) where he was involved in the defence of the legations during the Boxer Uprising.
In 1911, Herbert Dering was appointed Counsellor of the embassy in Rome (a post held by his father between 1888 and 1892) which, in effect, made him the Deputy Ambassador to Sir Rennell Rodd at a key time in Anglo-Italian relations when Britain attempted successfully to secure, first, Italian neutrality and in 1915 adhesion to the Entente during the First World War. In so doing he did a disservice to the country [Germany] which had treated him well and whose tennis community had admired him and sung his praises in the 1890s.
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