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Sir Ernest Sirdfield Harston, C.B.E. (1891 - )

Geraldine Dunwoodie

Sir Ernest HARSTON was born at Thames, New Zealand, on 21 August 1891 and was educated at Auckland Grammar School, Napier Boys' High School, St. John's College, and Auckland University College. He served in the New Zealand forces in the First World War in Egypt, Gallipoli, and France and was mentioned in dispatches. Subsequently he was attached to Defence Headquarters in Wellington. In 1918 he was admitted as a solicitor in New Zealand and, in 1935, in England. From 1926 to 1930 he was a member of the Secretariat of the League of Nations and from 1944 to 1950 was a member of the Marylebone Borough Council. In 1961 he became chairman of the British Empire Service League after being honorary secretary since 1942. He was created O.B.E. in 1947, C.B.E. in 1953, and a Knight Bachelor in 1958.


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