1955 New Year Honours

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The New Year Honours 1955 were appointments in many of the Commonwealth realms of Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries. They were announced on 1 January 1955 to celebrate the year passed and mark the beginning of 1955.[1][2]

United Kingdom[edit]

Barons[edit]

Privy Councillors[edit]

Knight Bachelor[edit]

  • Edgar Layton Bean, Esq., C.M.G., Parliamentary Draftsman, State of South Australia.
  • The Honourable Frank Tennyson Perry, M.B.E., a Member of the Legislative Council, State of South Australia. For public services.
  • Thomas Sidney Chegwidden, Esq., C.B., C.V.O., Chairman of the Interim Public Service Commission, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. For public services.
  • James Greig Shearer, Esq., Indian Civil Service (Retired), formerly a Puisne Judge of the High Court of Judicature at Patna.
  • Nicholas Bayard Dell, Esq., C.B.E. For public services in Bermuda.
  • Joseph Trounsell Gilbert, Esq., C.B.E,, Q.C., Chief Justice, Bermuda.
  • Eric Hallinan, Esq., Chief Justice, Cyprus.
  • Eldred Frederick Hitchcock, Esq., C.B.E. For public services in Tanganyika.
  • Kobina Arku Korsah, Esq., C.B.E., Puisne Judge, Gold Coast.
  • Paul George Pavlides, Esq., C.B.E. For public services in Cyprus.

Order of the Bath[edit]

Knights Grand Cross (GCB)[edit]

Knights Commander (KCB)[edit]

  • Sir Herbert Brittain, K.B.E., C.B., Second Secretary, H.M. Treasury.
  • Edward Abdy Fellowes, Esq., C.B., C.M.G., M.C., Clerk of the House of Commons.
  • Lieutenant-Colonel the Right Honourable Sir Michael Edward Adeane, K.C.V.O., C.B., [Private Secretary to the Sovereign|Private Secretary to The Queen]]. (additional member)

Companions (CB)[edit]

Order of St Michael and St George[edit]

Knight Grand Cross (GCMG)[edit]

Knight Commander (KCMG)[edit]

The Honourable Geoffrey Cokayne Gibbs, C.M.G., Chairman of the Advisory Council, Export Credits Guarantee Department.

Companion (CMG)[edit]

Royal Victorian Order[edit]

Knights Commanders (KCVO)[edit]

Commanders (CVO)[edit]

  • Captain James Stephen Dalglish, Royal Navy.
  • Albert Norman Harrison, Esq., O.B.E.
  • Joseph Graeme Humble, Esq., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.
  • Captain Arthur Cecil Jocelyn.
  • Alan McLeod, Esq., F.D.S., R.C.S,
  • Kenneth Roy Eldin Taylor, Esq.

Members, 4th and 5th Classes[edit]

Order of the British Empire[edit]

Companions of Honour[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Knight Bachelor[edit]

  • The Honourable George Panton Finlay – Senior Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court

Order of Saint Michael and Saint George[edit]

Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)[edit]

  • Leslie Knox Munro – Her Majesty's New Zealand Ambassador to the United States of America

Order of the British Empire[edit]

Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)[edit]

Civil Division
  • Major-General William Henry Cunningham CBE DSO VD – Crown Prosecutor in Wellington. For services to law.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)[edit]

Civil Division
  • Ernest Hedley Roy Green – Chief Engineer, Post and Telegraph Department
  • Robert Alexander Crookston Laidlaw MBE – of Auckland. For social welfare and philanthropic services.
  • Stanley Logan Paterson – Senior Stipendiary Magistrate
Military Division
  • Captain Frank Edward Taylor DSC VRD – Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)[edit]

Civil Division
  • William David Campbell – of Timaru. For services to law, education and journalism.
  • Mason Te Rama Apakura Durie – leading Chief of the Rangitāne Tribe. For services to the Māori people.
  • Frank William Gilligan – Headmaster of the Wanganui Collegiate School. For services to education.
  • Charles Kirkpatrick Grierson – President of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors
  • Miss Marie Emerentia Little – Matron of the Sunnyside Mental Hospital, Christchurch
  • John Murray JP – of Wellington. For patriotic and social welfare services, particularly in connection with the Disabled Servicemen's Rehabilitation League.
  • George John Park – of Auckland. For services to education, and in connection with the work of the Crippled Children's Society.
  • Arthur Gentry Pitts LRCP FRCS – a medical practitioner at Waimate. For services to the community.
  • Henry Charles Withell – of Ashburton. For services to local government.
Military Division
  • Acting Commander John David Keay VRD – Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Lieutenant-Colonel William Denzil Philp DSO ED – Royal New Zealand Artillery, Territorial Force
  • Squadron Leader Cecil David Melville Kingsford – Royal New Zealand Air Force

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)[edit]

Civil Division
  • Mrs Susan Amy Barnicoat – of Wellington. For services to the community, especially in connection with women's organisations.
  • John Bruorton – of Christchurch. For social welfare services.
  • Mrs Jenny Henderson Campbell – of Auckland. For social welfare services.
  • Avalin Sutherland Carran JP – Commissioner of the Warkworth Town Board. For services to the community.
  • John Ira Fraser. For services to local government in the Maniototo County.
  • Sidney George – of Auckland. For services to the Boys' Brigade.
  • Robert (Bob) Davies Gerrard – of Willenhall. For services to the community, in particular for his work as General secretary of the National Union of Lock and Metal Workers, as a County Magistrate, a County Councillor and for his work on the creation of Willenhall Comprehensive School.
  • Albert Percy Greenfield JP – of Dunedin. For social welfare services.
  • Edgar Harding – of Woodville. For services to the community, especially in connection with local government and the dairy industry.
  • James David Howitt – chairman of the management committee of the Wellington Boys' Institute
  • Frederick Hainsworth Hudson JP – of Levin. For services to local government.
  • Mrs Maud Marian Kelly – of Nelson. For social welfare services.
  • Thomas Daniel Lennie – of Christchurch. For services to horticulture.
  • Mrs Ema Te Toroa Tangiariki Otene. For services to the Māori people in Hawke's Bay, especially in the field of women's welfare.
  • Arthur Henry Sivewright – chairman of the Hawke's Bay Education Board
  • Henry Joseph Stace. For services to local government and to agriculture in Marlborough.
  • William Stapleton – curator of the botanical gardens in Invercargill. For services to horticulture.
  • Henry Sweney JP – of Christchurch. For social welfare services.
  • Mrs Mabel Sinclair Walden – of Riverton. For social welfare services.
  • Mrs Constance Lilian Weston. For services to the community in New Plymouth.
  • Ernest Summers Wilson – of Dunedin. For services to the community in connection with charitable and patriotic organisations.
Military Division
  • Lieutenant Arthur Beevor Wilkinson – Royal New Zealand Navy
  • The Reverend Francis John Green – Chaplain (Third Class), Royal New Zealand Chaplains Department
  • Major Leslie Rexnold Musgrave – New Zealand Regiment
  • Captain (temporary) Hugh Bannatyne Fraser-Tytler – Royal New Zealand Infantry, Territorial Force
  • Warrant Officer Class I (temporary) Carl Alexander Walter – Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
  • Flight Lieutenant Noel Alexander Spring-Rice – Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Warrant Officer Leslie William Thompson – Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Warrant Officer Clifford Huia Perrett – Royal New Zealand Air Force

British Empire Medal (BEM)[edit]

Military Division
  • Petty Officer Edward Maurice Hancock – Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Chief Engine Room Artificer James Nathan Rothwell – Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Chief Petty Officer Mervyn Leslie St Clare – Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Chief Petty Officer Claude Wilfred Mason-Riseborough – Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Staff-Sergeant Joseph Matthew Lowe – Royal New Zealand Signals. Territorial Force.
  • Flight Sergeant James Hugh Watts – Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Flight Sergeant William Harrison Staniland – Royal New Zealand Air Force

Air Force Cross (AFC)[edit]

  • Flight Lieutenant Raymond Arthur Mackinder – Royal New Zealand Air Force

Air Force Medal (AFM)[edit]

  • Sergeant Ivan Noel Moran – Royal New Zealand Air Force

References[edit]

  1. ^ UK list:The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 40366. pp. 1–38. 31 December 1954. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  2. ^ New Zealand list: The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 40368. pp. 43–45. 31 December 1954. Retrieved 2 June 2013.