Bill Gilbert (intelligence service director)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from William Herbert Ellery Gilbert)
Jump to: navigation, search
Sir William Gilbert
Director New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
In office
28 November 1956 – July 1976
Succeeded by Paul Molineaux
Personal details
Born Herbert Ellery Gilbert
(1916-07-20)20 July 1916
Wanganui, New Zealand
Died 26 September 1987(1987-09-26) (aged 71)
Silverstream, New Zealand
Spouse(s) Patricia Caroline Anson Gilbert (née Farrer)
Alma mater Royal Military College, Duntroon
Military service
Allegiance New Zealand
Service/branch New Zealand Army
Years of service 1935–1956
Rank Brigadier
Commands 6th Field Regiment

Second World War

Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Bronze Star (United States)

Sir William Herbert Ellery "Bill" Gilbert KBE, DSO (20 July 1916 – 26 September 1987), born Herbert Ellery Gilbert, was a New Zealand military leader and intelligence service director.

He was born in Wanganui on 20 July 1916.[1] In 1956, he was tasked by Jack Marshall, then Minister of Justice, with setting up the New Zealand Security Service. Over 19 years, he served under seven Prime Ministers.[1] He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 1976 Birthday Honours,[2] just one month prior to his retirement.[1]

He was born as Herbert Ellery Gilbert. At the Australian Royal Military College in Duntroon he was nicknamed Bill, and the name stuck. After his retirement, he changed his name by deed poll to William Herbert Ellery Gilbert.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d McLean, Denis. "William Herbert Ellery Gilbert". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved December 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 46921. p. 8055. 4 June 1976. Retrieved 3 January 2015.