1956 New Year Honours

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The New Year Honours 1956 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 2 January 1956 to celebrate the year passed and mark the beginning of 1956.[1][2]

United Kingdom[edit]



Knights Bachelor[edit]

State of South Australia.
State of Victoria.
Oversea Territories

Order of the Bath[edit]

Knights Grand Cross (GCB)[edit]

Military Division
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Basil Edward Embry, K.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., D.F.C., A.F.C., Royal Air Force.
Civil Division
  • Sir Harold Corti Emmerson, K.C.B., K.C.V.O., Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works. (Permanent Secretary designate, Ministry of Labour and National Service.)

Knights Commander (KCB)[edit]

Military Division
Civil Division

Commander (CB)[edit]

Military Division
Civil Division
  • George Herbert Andrew, Esq., Second Secretary, Board of Trade.
  • Walter Cawood, Esq., C.B.E., Principal Director of Scientific Research (Air), Ministry of Supply.
  • William Charles Milford Couch, Esq., C.B.E., Deputy Director of Electrical Engineering, Admiralty.
  • Harold Haydn Davies, Esq., M.C., Chairman, Welsh Board of Health.
  • Colonel Stanley Howe Fisher, M.C., T.D., D.L., Chairman, County of London Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Association.
  • Bruce Donald Fraser, Esq., Under-Secretary, H.M. Treasury.
  • Henry Hardman, Esq., Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
  • Herbert Harry Hobbs, Esq., Assistant Under-secretary of State, War Office.
  • Roger Henry Hollis, Esq., O.B.E., Attached War Office.
  • Frederick Richard Howard, Esq., C.M.G., Assistant Under-Secretary of State, Air Ministry.
  • Air Commodore William Edward George Mann, C.B.E., D.F.C., Director General of Navigational Services (Civil Aviation), Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.
  • Edward Rowland Alworth Merewether, Esq., C.B.E., M.D., F.R.C.P., Senior Medical Inspector of Factories, Ministry of Labour and National Service.
  • William John Richards, Esq., C.B.E., Director, Radar Research Establishment, Ministry of Supply.
  • Gilbert Milner Williams, Esq., C.B.E., Under-secretary, Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance.

Order of St Michael and St George[edit]

Knights Grand Cross (GCMG)[edit]

Knights Commander (KCMG)[edit]

Companions (CMG)[edit]

  • John Angus Beckett, Esq., Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Fuel and Power.
  • Gordon Bowen, Esq., Senior Trade Commissioner, Ottawa Board of Trade
  • John Lenox Fisher, Esq., Adviser to the Bank of England. For services to Colonial Governments.
  • Richard Turner, Esq., Assistant Chief Architect, Ministry of Works.
  • [[John Archibald Venn, Esq., President of Queen's College, University of Cambridge, lately Chairman of the Colonial Studies Committee.
  • Kenneth Southwold Weston]], Esq., O.B.E., Assistant Secretary, HM. Treasury.
  • Edgar Riley Wilkinson, Esq., Commercial Manager, Central Electricity Authority.
  • Cornelius Ewen MacLean Greenfield, Esq., M.B.E., Secretary to the Treasury, Southern Rhodesia.
  • Professor Stephen Henry Roberts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, State of New South Wales.
  • Thomas Vaisey Scrivenor, Esq., Deputy High Commissioner for Basutoland, the Bechuanaland Protectorate and Swaziland.
  • Colonel Allan Spowers, D.S.O., M.C. For public services in the State of Victoria.
  • Geofroy William Tory, Esq., Deputy High Commissioner for the United Kingdom in the Commonwealth of Australia.
  • James Godfrey Colquhoun Allen, Esq., Senior Resident, Eastern Region, Nigeria.
  • Arthur John Grattan-Bellew, Esq., Q.C., Attorney General and Member for Legal Affairs, Tanganyika.
  • William Leycester Rouse Carbonnell, Esq., Commissioner of Police, Federation of Malaya.
  • George Barrington Cartland, Esq., Minister of Social Services, Uganda.
  • Frank Simon Collier, Esq., C.B.E., Forestry Adviser to the Secretary of State for the Colonies.
  • Brigadier Edward John Gibbons, C.B.E., Commissioner of the Cameroons, Federation of Nigeria.
  • Alan Forbes Bourne Glennie, Esq., Resident Commissioner, Barotseland Protectorate, Northern Rhodesia.
  • John Henry Ingham, Esq., M.B.E. Lately Secretary to the Royal Commission on East Africa.
  • Francis Derek Jakeway, Esq., O.B.E., Chief Secretary, British Guiana.
  • Thomas Boughton Bovell-Jones, Esq., Senior Resident, Western Region, Nigeria.
  • James Leslie McLetchie, Esq., O.B.E.,M.B., Ch.B., Director of Medical Services, Eastern Region, Nigeria.
  • John Stanley Mordecai, Esq., Executive Secretary, Regional Economic Committee for the West Indies.
  • William Alexander Morris, Esq., Assistant Secretary, Colonial Office.
  • Patrick Allan Pearson Robertson, Esq., Financial Secretary, Aden.
  • Kenneth Willison Simmonds, Esq., Financial Secretary, Nyasaland.
  • George Evelyn Sinclair, Esq., O.B.E., Deputy Governor, Cyprus.
  • Sydney Macdonald-Smith, Esq., Chief Regional Officer, Gold Coast.
  • Charles Edward Tilney, Esq., Financial Secretary and Member for Finance and Economics, Tanganyika.
  • Cyril Herbert Williams, Esq., O.B.E., Provincial Commissioner, Nyanza Province, Kenya.
  • Conrad Veale Williams, Esq., Senior Resident, Northern Region, Nigeria.
  • Yeo Kok Cheang, M.D., B.S., Director of Medical and Health Services, Hong Kong.
  • Captain Outhbert Francis Bond Bowlby, C.B.E., D.S.C., R.N. (Retired), lately Foreign Office.
  • Colin Tradescant Crowe, Esq., Foreign Office.
  • Andrew Graham Gilchrist, Esq., Counsellor, Office of the Commissioner-General for Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom in South-East Asia.
  • Cecil Ernest Freeman Gough, Esq., Counsellor, United Kingdom Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Paris.
  • Patrick Francis Hancock, Esq., Foreign Office.
  • Geoffrey Hawkesworth, Esq., lately Governor of Kordofan Province, Sudan.
  • Brigadier Reginald Vernon Hume, C.B.E., T.D. (Retired), lately Her Majesty's Consul at Kiel.
  • Cecil Edward King, Esq., Foreign Office.
  • Roderick Wallis Parkes, Esq., O.B.E., Her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Jedda.
  • John Howard Peck, Esq., Counsellor, Political Office with the Middle East Forces, Nicosia.
  • Charles Thomas Frank Serjeant, Esq., lately Deputy General Manager, Sudan Railways.
  • James Mark Walsh, Esq., O.B.E., Counsellor (Commercial) at Her Majesty's Embassy in Berne.

Royal Victorian Order[edit]

Knights Commander (KCVO)[edit]

Commanders (CVO)[edit]

Members, 4th class[edit]

  • Montague Charles Glover, Esq., M.C.
  • Wing Commander Beresford Peter Torrington Horsley, A.F.C., Royal Air Force.
  • Commander John William Mott, Royal Navy.
  • Ian Macbeth Robertson, Esq.

Members, 4th class[edit]

  • George Albert Harris, Esq.
  • Shipwright Lieutenant Ronald Douglas Martin, Royal Navy.
  • Frank Rowden, Esq.
  • George Henry Hellendale Syms, Esq.
  • Alice Ethel, Mrs. Veness.
  • Richard Charles Cameron Ward, Esq.
  • Laurence Conway West, Esq.

Order of the British Empire[edit]

Knights Grand Cross (GBE)[edit]

Military Division
  • General Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey, K.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., M.C. (9391), late Infantry (now R.A.R.O.), Colonel, The Royal Berkshire Regiment; Colonel Commandant, Special Air Service Regiment; Colonel Commandant, Corps of Royal Military Police.
Civil Division

Dames Commander (DBE)[edit]

Civil Division

Knights Commander (KBE)[edit]

Military Division
Civil Division

Commander (CBE)[edit]

Military Division
  • Captain Laurence Shaw Bennett, Royal Navy.
  • Captain Christopher Webster Jones, A.D.C., Royal Navy.
  • Commodore Frank Tavender Pollinger, V.R.D., R.N.V.R.
  • Captain William Francis Henry Crawford Rutherford, D.S.O., Royal Navy.
  • Commander Cortlandt James Woore Simpson, D.S.C., Royal Navy.
  • Colonel Desmond Charles Curme (39152), late Royal Regiment of Artillery.
  • Brigadier (temporary) Michael Preston Douglas Dewar, M.B.E. (34749), late Infantry.
  • Brigadier Dennis Robert Guinness, O.B.E. (27919), late Corps of Royal Engineers.
  • Brigadier Dudley William Bruce Trower Hogg, M.B.E. (27205), late Infantry.
  • Brigadier Ernest Arthur Howard (12488), late Royal Regiment of Artillery.
  • Brigadier Cecil Hunt, A.D.C. (120), Royal Army Ordnance Corps.
  • Colonel (acting) George Vicary Kenyon, T.D. (65959), Army Cadet Force.
  • Colonel (temporary) Thomas Charles Lowrie (221171), Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
  • Colonel Douglas George Garrard Macdonald (18223), late Corps of Royal Engineers.
  • Colonel Henry Walter Terrell Marden, M.B.E. (17084), Royal Army Pay Corps.
  • The Reverend Richard John Forrester Mayston, M.B.E., Q.H.C., M.A., Chaplain to the Forces, First Class (69554), Royal Army Chaplains' Department.
  • Colonel John Edward Longworth Morris, D.S.O., O.B.E. (41195), late Royal Regiment of Artillery.
  • Brigadier Duncan Walter Neilson, (33356), late Royal Regiment of Artillery.
  • Brigadier Luther Gladstone Smith, O.B.E., A.D.C. (31321), Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
  • Brigadier John FitzGerald Snow (32138), late Infantry.
  • Brigadier Stair Agnew Stewart, O.B.E. (30555), late Corps of Royal Engineers.
  • Acting Air Vice-Marshal Alfred Cotterill Kermode, O.B.E., A.D.C., Royal Air Force.
  • Acting Air Commodore Alick Foord-Kelcey, A.F.C., Royal Air Force.
  • Acting Air Commodore Glen Albyn Martin Knight, M.B., B.S., Royal Air Force.
  • Group Officer Mary Henrietta Barnett, O.B.E., Women's Royal Air Force.
  • Group Captain Arthur James Biggar, Royal Air Force.
  • Group Captain Maurice Quartano Candler, Royal Air Force (Retired).
  • Group Captain Patrick Abercrombie Lombard, D.F.C., Royal Air Force.
  • Group Captain David Ivor Phorson Macnair, Royal Air Force.
  • Group Captain Christopher John Mount, D.S.O., D.F.C., Royal Air Force.
  • Group Captain Patrick Henry Ridley Saunders, Royal Air Force.
  • Group Captain Albert Wallington Taylor, Royal Air Force (Retired).
Civil Division
  • Brigadier Gilmour Menzies Anderson, M.B.E. For political and public services.
  • Ralph James Bushnan Anderson, Esq., Assistant Solicitor, Office of H.M. Procurator General and Treasury Solicitor.
  • Group Captain Douglas Robert Stewart Bader, D.S.O., D.F.C. For services to the disabled.
  • Charles Vernon Oldfeld Bartlett, Esq., Publicist and Broadcaster.
  • Cecil Edwin Henry Bawn, Esq., Grant-Brunner Professor of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, University of Liverpool.
  • Major Eric Frederick Beckett. For political and public services in Dorset.
  • Leonard Frederick Behrens, Esq., J.P. For public and cultural services in Manchester.
  • Alderman Herbert Neville Bewley, J.P., Chairman of the Housing Committee, Liverpool City Council.
  • Rudolf Franz Josef Bing, Esq. For services to music.
  • Geoffrey Vaughan Blackstone, Esq., O.B.E., G.M., Chief Officer, Hertfordshire Fire Brigade.
  • Captain Charles Frederick Booth, O.B.E., Assistant Engineer-in-Chief, General Post Office.
  • Eleanor, Mrs. Bradley, O.B.E., Chairman, Leeds Savings Committee.
  • Conrad Chawner Burdge, Esq., Regional Director, Leeds, Ministry of Works.
  • John Blomfield Burnell, Esq., J.P., Operating Manager (Central Road Services), London Transport Executive.
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Walter Raymond Burrell, M.B.E., T.D., D.L., Member of Council, Country Landowners' Association.
  • Henry Montagu Burrows, Esq., Principal Clerk of Public Bills, House of Lords.
  • Charles Montague Cahn, Esq., Assistant Judge Advocate General.
  • William Henry Cashmore, Esq., Director, National Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Silsoe, Bedfordshire.
  • Samuel Harrison Clarke, Esq., Director, Fire Research Station, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.
  • William Arthur Claydon, Esq. Headmaster, Maidstone Grammar School, Kent.
  • Thomas Kingsley Collett, Esq. Chief Commoner, City of London.
  • James Crawford, Esq. General President, National Union of Boot and Shoe Operatives.
  • Harold Vernon Disney, Esq. Chief Engineer, Industrial Group Headquarters, Risley, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.
  • Arthur Thomas Doodson, Esq. Director, Liverpool Observatory and Tidal Institute.
  • Cyril Alfred Flux Dundas, Esq., O.B.E. Representative of the British Council in India.
  • Hugh Crombie Falconer, Esq., O.B.E., Chairman, Border Agricultural Executive Committee.
  • William Geoffrey Fiske, Esq., Chairman, London County Council Housing Committee.
  • James Elliott Forde, Esq. Chairman of the Northern Bank, Ltd., Belfast. For public services in Northern Ireland.
  • Archibald Gerald Glenister, Esq., Chairman, Malayan Chamber of Mines.
  • Robert Graham, Esq., Director of Aircraft Research and Development, Ministry of Supply.
  • The Reverend William Macmaster Graham, J.P. For public services in Inverness-shire.
  • George William Grosvenor, Esq., Managing Director, J. Long and Sons (Bath), Ltd.
  • James William Hall, Esq., O.B.E., Controller of Audit and Accounts, War Office.
  • Colonel George Cecil Hans Hamilton, Chairman, Isle of Wight Disablement Advisory Committee.
  • Leslie Douglas Harkess, Esq., Director, Contracts Department, General Post Office.
  • Leslie Poles Hartley, Esq., Author and Critic.
  • George Hawley, Esq., Assistant Secretary, Department of Health for Scotland.
  • Herbert Victor Hayes, Esq., Director, Technical Publications, Ministry of Supply.
  • Colonel Joseph Henry Haygarth. For political and public services in Middlesex.
  • Wilfrid Edward Hiley, Esq., O.B.E., Director, Woodlands Research Department, Dartington Woodlands, Ltd.
  • Christopher Pascoe Hill, Esq., Assistant Secretary, Home Office.
  • Harold Ferguson Hodgson, Esq., Managing Director, Joseph Sankey and Sons, Ltd., Bilston, Staffordshire.
  • James Douglas Hood, Esq., J.P., Chairman and Managing Director, Wilson and Glenny, Ltd.
  • Charles Edward Hudson, Esq., Senior Education and Advisory Officer, National Agricultural Advisory Service, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
  • Edward Hughes, Esq., Senior Chief Clerk, Metropolitan Magistrates' Courts Service.
  • Fred William Hunt, Esq., Lately Chairman, Derbyshire Agricultural Executive Committee.
  • Captain William Millar Hutchison, Chief Marine Superintendent, British Tanker Company, Ltd.
  • Percy Edward Reginald Jeffries, Esq., Chief Surveyor, Admiralty.
  • Robert Thomas Jenkins, Esq. For services to the study of Welsh history.
  • Richard Henry Johns, Esq., O.B.E., President, Board of Administration, Guernsey.
  • David John Jones, Esq., O.B.E., Town Clerk, Borough of Rhondda.
  • Harold Fenton Jones, Esq., Regional Controller, North Western Region, Ministry of Labour and National Service.
  • William Myddelton Jones, Esq., Lately Official Solicitor to the Church Commissioners.
  • Leonard Entwisle Kenyon, Esq., Secretary, British Federation of Master Printers.
  • The Right Honourable John Francis Archibald, Baron Kilmaine, Secretary of the Pilgrim Trust.
  • John Henry Larrard, Esq., Regional Controller, South Western Region, Board of Trade and Ministry of Supply.
  • Hulton Dudley Lewis, Esq., Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
  • William Lindsay, Esq. For political and public services in Sussex.
  • Arthur George Linfield, Esq., O.B.E., J.P., Chairman, South-West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board.
  • Hugh Montagu Cameron Macaulay, Esq., M.D., Senior Administrative Medical Officer, North West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board.
  • Hugh Stewart Mackintosh, Esq., Director of Education, Glasgow.
  • Christopher Macrae, Esq., Secretary, The Scottish Council (Development and Industry).
  • Charles Titterton Maitland, Esq., M.D., F.R.C.P., Principal Medical Officer, Ministry of Health.
  • Agatha Mary Clarissa, Mrs. Mallowan (Agatha Christie), Writer.
  • Arthur Hedley Marshall, Esq., City Treasurer. Coventry.
  • Professor James Robert Matthews, lately Chairman, Scottish Committee, The Nature Conservancy. Chairman of the Council, Macaulay Institute for Soil Research.
  • Ellen Catherine, Mrs. Mee, H.M. Inspector of Schools (Chief Inspector), Ministry of Education.
  • Rennie John Moffat, Esq., M;B.E., Director-General of Marketing, National Coal Board.
  • Gilbert Walter Morgan, Esq., O.B.E., Assistant Secretary, Foreign Office.
  • Bertram Nelson, Esq., Member, Companies Act Consultative Committee of the Board of Trade. President of the Society of Incorporated Accountants.
  • Basil Edward Nield, Esq., M.B.E., Q.C., M.P., Member of Parliament for Chester since 1940. For political and public services.
  • Roland Nightingale, Esq., M.B., Ch.B., President of the Association of Certifying Factory Surgeons. Factory Doctor for Stockport District.
  • Alfred William Hammond Noakes, Esq., Registrar of Death Duties (Scotland), Board of Inland Revenue.
  • Thomas Paris, Esq., Assistant Secretary, Air Services A Division, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.
  • Alan Sterling Parkes, Esq., Director, Division of Experimental Biology, National Institute for Medical Research.
  • Oscar John Phillips, Esq., O.B.E., Assistant Comptroller, National Debt Office.
  • Lawrence William Plewes, Esq., M.D., F.R.C.S., Consulting Orthopaedic Surgeon, Luton and Dunstable Hospital.
  • Captain Athelstan Popkess, O.B.E., Chief Constable, Nottingham City Police Force.
  • Walter Randell, Esq., M.B.E., Deputy Chief Valuer, Board of Inland Revenue.
  • Andrew Reid, Esq., Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Supply.
  • Harry Richardson, Esq., Principal, Bradford Technical College.
  • Ian McGillivray Roberton, Esq., Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance.
  • Thomas Arthur Rogers, Esq., Deputy Chief Inspector of Mines and Quarries, Ministry of Fuel and Power.
  • Horace Claude Salmon, Esq. Lately Assistant Secretary, Admiralty.
  • Robert McMaster Sayers, Esq. For public services in Belfast.
  • David Paul Scofield, Esq., Actor.
  • Denis Herbert Scott, Esq., Deputy Chairman, Public Works Loan Board.
  • Thomas Dowker Shepherd, Esq. For political and public services in Cumberland.
  • Sir (Francis) Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell, Bt., J.P., Author and Poet.
  • Gordon Charles Henry Slater, Esq., Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Labour and National Service.
  • Kenneth Manley Smith, Esq., Director, Virus Research Unit (Agricultural Research Council), Molteno Institute, University of Cambridge.
  • Reginald Spencer Stafford, Esq., Technical Director, Handley Page, Ltd.
  • Leslie Steains, Esq., O.B.E., J.P., Member, National Savings Committee, representing the North Western Region.
  • Gerald Steel, Esq., J.P., General Managing Director, The United Steel Companies, Ltd., Sheffield.
  • Edwin Percy Stewart, Esq., Chief Surveyor, Air Ministry.
  • George Valentine Strudwick, Esq., Director of Contracts, Ministry of Works.
  • Audrey Frances Philipson, Lady Worsley-Taylor, J.P. For political and public services in Lancashire.
  • James Gilbert Taylor, Esq., Divisional Road Engineer, North Eastern Division, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.
  • Benjamin Crewdson Thomas, Esq., O.B.E., Administration Controller, Central Office of Information.
  • Thomas Vose, Esq., O.B.E., Assistant Secretary, Welsh Office, Ministry of Housing and Local Government.
  • George Frederick Dennis Wade, Esq. For political services in Warwickshire.
  • Ellis Kirkham Waterhouse, Esq., M.B.E. Barber Professor of Fine Arts and Director of the Barber Institute, University of Birmingham.
  • Edward Shepley Watson, Esq., H.M. Inspector of Schools (Divisional Inspector), Ministry of Education.
  • Alexander Henry Melvill Wedderburn, Esq., J.P., Chairman, General Executive Committee of the Queen's Institute of District Nursing.
  • Miss Cicely Veronica Wedgwood, Author and Historian.
  • Lady Anastasia (Zia) Michaelovna Wernher, O.B.E. For political and public services in Bedfordshire.
  • Miss Katharine Georgina Lloyd-Williams, M.D., Dean of the School of Medicine, Royal Free Hospital.
  • Ernest Leslie Wright, Esq., Director of Accountants, Board of Trade.
  • Eleanor, Mrs. Yorke. For political and public services in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Officer (OBE)[edit]

  • Acting Wing Commander Norman Macmillan, M.C., A.F.C. (136291), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Member (MBE)[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Knight Bachelor[edit]

Order of Saint Michael and Saint George[edit]

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

  • The Honourable Thomas Clifton Webb QC – High Commissioner in the United Kingdom for Her Majesty's Government in New Zealand, formerly Attorney-General and Minister of External Affairs

Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)[edit]

  • Charles Phipp Agar JP – of Christchurch. For services to local government and the dairy industry.
  • George Douglas Robb MD FRCS – a consulting surgeon, of Auckland

Order of the British Empire[edit]

Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE)[edit]

Civil Division

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

Civil Division
Military Division

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

Civil Division
  • Adam Laurence Adamson – Mayor of Invercargill
  • Lewis Alfred Eady. For services to the community in Auckland, especially as a city councillor.
  • Richard John Burnside Hall MB ChB – Medical Superintendent, Cook Hospital, Gisborne
  • William Henry Hall – of Timaru. For public services.
  • Robert Harding JP – of Hastings. For services to local government.
  • Pateriki Joseph Hura – of Taumarunui. For services to the Māori people, especially as a member of the Board of Maori Affairs.
  • John Guy Marshall – of Wellington. For services to the manufacturing industry.
  • Thomas Arthur McCormack – a prominent artist, of Wellington
  • Peter Munro – Assistant Commissioner of Police, and a member of the Police Commission
  • Miss Gwendoline Mabel Underwood – formerly a member of the staff of the District Nursing Department
  • The Reverend Canon Henry Williams – of Christchurch. For services to the community.
Military Division
  • The Venerable Archdeacon Gordon Melville McKenzie VRD – Honorary Chaplain, Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Duncan MacIntyre DSO – Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps (Territorial Force)
  • Wing Commander Bruce Roden Furkert – Royal New Zealand Air Force

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

Civil Division
  • John David Allingham – a prominent architect, of Dunedin
  • Archibald Banks. For services in connection with the development of prison farms.
  • Mrs Maud Ruby Basham. For services in the fields of entertainment and broadcasting.
  • Miss Janet Clark Buchanan. For philanthropic services in Taranaki.
  • Mrs Beatrice Alice Ann Downes – of Te Awamutu. For municipal and social welfare services.
  • Oswald Lovell Ferens ED JP – of Dunedin. For services to ex-servicemen.
  • Miss Elinor Styles Harvey – formerly Matron, Wairoa Hospital
  • Patrick Francis Higgins – chairman, Napier Harbour Board
  • Mrs Lucy Atareti Jacob. For services to the Māori people in the Levin and Otaki districts.
  • James Mercer. For services to sport in New Zealand, particularly lawn tennis.
  • William Parsonage. For services to the coal-mining industry in New Zealand.
  • Alfred Henry Pettitt – of Dunedin. For services to the community as a musician.
  • Charles Bradlaugh Ross – conductor of the Hokitika Municipal Band for 40 years
  • Mrs Dorothy Snell – of Whangarei. For social welfare services.
  • Mrs Ray Watts – of Christchurch. For social welfare services.
  • Edmund David White – chairman, Matamata County Council
  • Mrs Catherine Maxwell Williams JP – of Auckland. For social welfare services.
Military Division
  • Lieutenant-Commander Thomas Alexander Simpson – Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Captain Hamish Coates Neale – Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps (Territorial Force)
  • Major Leslie Arthur Pearce – The New Zealand Regiment (Regular Force)
  • Major (temporary) Stanley Melvin Pritchard – Royal New Zealand Infantry Corps (Territorial Force)
  • Flight Lieutenant Noel Herbert Scott – Air Training Corps, Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Warrant Officer Stephen Raymond Hooker – Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Warrant Officer Herman Andrew Payne – Royal New Zealand Air Force

British Empire Medal (BEM)[edit]

Military Division
  • Chief Petty Officer John Willis Barnes – Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Chief Petty Officer John Curtis Harman – Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Chief Shipwright Artificer John Norman Jones – Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Chief Yeoman of Signals Henry Richard Moon – Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Staff-Sergeant Peter King Christian – Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps (Regular Force)
  • Sergeant James Dixon – Royal New Zealand Army Service Corps (Regular Force)
  • Flight Sergeant Eric William Metcalf – Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Sergeant John William Noble – Royal New Zealand Air Force


  1. ^ United Kingdom list: The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 40669. pp. 1–38. 30 December 1955. Retrieved 4 Feb 2014.
  2. ^ New Zealand list: The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 40671. pp. 43–45. 30 December 1955. Retrieved 2 June 2013.