The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood is a small office within the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom responsible for the administration of orders of chivalry and some aspects of honours in general. It does not deal with nominations or decisions on appointments, but rather administers the appointment procedures and investitures, and provides the insignia.
|Sir Francis Morgan Bryant, CB, CVO, CBE, ISO||1916–1931|
|Rear Admiral Philip John Hawkins Lander Row, CB, CVO||1931–1932|
|Commander Dudley Colles, LVO, OBE||1932–1936|
|Major Sir Henry Hudson Fraser Stockley, KCVO, OBE||1936–1946|
|Brigadier Sir Ivan de la Bere, KCVO, CB, CBE||1946–1960|
|Major General Sir Cyril Harry Colquhoun, KCVO, CB, OBE||1960–1968|
|Major General Sir Peter Bernard Gillett, KCVO, CB, CBE||1968–1979|
|Major General Sir Desmond Hind Garrett Rice, KCVO, CBE||1980–1989|
|Lieutenant Colonel Walter Ross, OBE||1989–1991|
|Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Charles McClure Mather, CBE||1991–1999|||
|Lieutenant Colonel Robert Guy Cartwright||1999–2005|||
|Lieutenant Colonel Sir Alexander Fergus Matheson, Bt.||2005–2014|||
|Lieutenant Colonel James Vernon||2014–present|||
As part of the British honours system, Special Honours are issued at the Monarch's pleasure at any given time. The Special Honours refer to the awards made within royal prerogative, operational honours and other honours awarded outside the New Years Honours and Birthday Honours.2018 Special Honours
As part of the British honours system, Special Honours are issued at the Monarch's pleasure at any given time. The Special Honours refer to the awards made within royal prerogative, operational honours and other honours awarded outside the New Years Honours and Birthday Honours.Arthur Gordon Matthew
Brigadier Arthur Gordon Matthew (22 December 1898 – 6 October 1947) was a British Royal Artillery officer who served in the First World War and the Second World War.
Matthew (who was known as "Hammer") served in the First World War and in North Africa during the Second, including the Siege of Tobruk and Battle of El Alamein. After the Normandy campaign and the Rhine crossing, he served as commander of the Kiel Brigade area during the post-war occupation of Germany.He died in 1947 from a heart attack, but is recorded amongst the dead for the 1939-1945 conflict as occupation operations had then not yet normalised to peacetime arrangements.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1941 for distinguished service in the Middle East between December 1940 and February 1941, and was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1945. He was also Mentioned in Despatches five times.He is buried in the Parish of the Ascension Burial Ground in Cambridge.Chancery
Chancery may refer to:
Chancery (diplomacy), the building that houses a diplomatic mission, such as an embassy
Chancery (medieval office), a medieval writing office
Chancery (Scotland) (also called The office of Director of Chancery, or Chancellory), the keeper of the Quarter Seal of Scotland, a senior position within the legal system of Scotland until 1928
Chancery (village), in Ceredigion, Wales
Apostolic Chancery, a former office of the Roman Curia
Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood, British office that deals with administration of Orders of Chivalry
Diocesan chancery, which houses a diocese's curia
Court of Chancery (disambiguation)
Court of Chancery, the chief court of equity in England and Wales until its abolition in 1873
Court of equity, also called a chancery courtCollar day
Collar days are designated days on which the collar forming part of the insignia of certain members of British orders of knighthood may be worn. Collars are special large and elaborate ceremonial metal chains worn over the shoulders, hanging equally over the front and back, often tied with a bow at the shoulders, with a distinctive pendant attached to the front.Desmond Rice
Major-General Sir Desmond Hind Garrett Rice, KCVO, CBE (born 1924) is a retired British Army officer and courtier. He was Director of Manning (Army) between 1977 and 1978 and Vice-Adjutant-General between 1978 and 1979; he was then Colonel of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards from 1980 to 1986 and simultaneously served as Secretary of the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood between 1980 and 1989.Rice was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1970 and promoted to Commander six years later. In 1985, he was also appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and promoted to Knight Commander on retirement from the Central Chancery of Orders of Knighthood in 1989.George Wyllie (British Army soldier)
George Cameron Wyllie, GC (25 December 1908 – 1 February 1987) of the Royal Engineers was awarded the George Cross for the heroism he displayed on 12 September 1940 when a 2,000-kilogram (4,410 lb) bomb fell near St Paul's Cathedral in Deans Yard. It took three days to dig the bomb out of soft soil, work made even more dangerous by a fire at a fractured gas main. Wylie and his team placed the recovered bomb on a lorry, which was driven to Hackney Marshes, where the bomb was detonated, leaving a crater 100 feet (30 m) wide.The citation from a supplement to the London Gazette of 27 September 1940 (dated 30 September 1940) reads:
CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD.
St. James's Palace, S.W.1, 30th September, 1940.
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the GEORGE CROSS to the undermentioned:—
No. 1942531 Sapper George Cameron Wylie, Royal Engineers.
Sapper Wylie was a member of the Bomb Disposal Section engaged upon the recovery of the bomb which fell in the neighbourhood of St. Paul's Cathedral.
The actual discovery and removal of the bomb fell to him. Sapper Wylie's untiring energy, courage, and disregard for danger were an outstanding example to his comrades.Harold Egbert Allan
Sir Harold Egbert Allan (15 March 1895 – 18 February 1953) was a Jamaican politician, legislator and statesman.Ivan de la Bere
Brigadier Sir Ivan de la Bere (25 April 1893 – 27 December 1970) was a British Army officer in World War I and in World War II when he played a prominent part in the Siege of Malta. Later he was an official in the Royal Household.Knight Bachelor
The dignity of Knight Bachelor is the basic and lowest rank of a man who has been knighted by the monarch but not as a member of one of the organised orders of chivalry; it is a part of the British honours system. Knights Bachelor are the most ancient sort of British knight (the rank existed during the 13th-century reign of King Henry III), but Knights Bachelor rank below knights of chivalric orders.
There is no female counterpart to Knight Bachelor. The lowest knightly honour that can be conferred upon a woman is Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE), which is one rank higher than Knight Bachelor (being the female equivalent of KBE or Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, which is the next male knightly rank above Knight Bachelor). Also, foreigners are not created Knights Bachelor; instead they are generally made honorary KBEs.List of Knights and Dames Commander of the Royal Victorian Order appointed by Elizabeth II (since 2003)
The Royal Victorian Order is an order of knighthood awarded by the sovereign of the United Kingdom and several Commonwealth realms. It is granted personally by the monarch and recognises personal service to the monarchy, the Royal Household, royal family members, and the organisation of important royal events. The order was officially created and instituted on 23 April 1896 by letters patent under the Great Seal of the Realm by Queen Victoria. It was instituted with five grades, the two highest of which were Knight Grand Cross (GCVO) and Knight Commander (KCVO), which conferred the status of knighthood on holders (apart from foreigners, who typically received honorary awards not entitling them to the style of a knight). Women were not admitted until Edward VIII altered the statutes of the order in 1936; those receiving the highest two awards were styled dames and those grades, when conferred on women, are Dame Grand Cross and Dame Commander (DCVO).No limit was placed on the number of appointments which could be made. Queen Elizabeth II appointed 104 Knights and Dames Commander since the end of her Golden Jubilee year (2002).List of officers of the Royal Victorian Order
The Royal Victorian Order is an order of knighthood awarded by the sovereign of the United Kingdom and several Commonwealth realms. It is granted personally by the monarch and recognises personal service to the monarchy, the Royal Household, royal family members, and the organisation of important royal events. The order was officially created and instituted on 23 April 1896 by letters patent under the Great Seal of the Realm by Queen Victoria. The order has had five grades since its institution, the two highest of which confer the status of knighthood on holders (apart from foreigners, who typically received honorary awards not entitling them to the style of a knight). Women were not admitted until Edward VIII altered the statutes of the order in 1936. The order has five statutory officers—Grand Master, Chancellor, Secretary, Registrar and Chaplain—as well as a non-statutory Honorary Genealogist.
The order has had a chancellor and a secretary since it was founded; the former office is held ex officio by the Lord Chamberlain of the Royal Household, while the office of secretary has been held ex officio by the Keeper of the Privy Purse (except for the years 1936 to 1943 when the King's Private Secretary was also the order's secretary). The order has had a registrar since 1916; the first appointee was the Secretary of the Private Secretary's Office, Sir Francis Morgan Bryant, while his two successors were Secretaries to the Privy Purse; since 1936, the Registrar has always been the Secretary of the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood. On 1 February 1937, King George VI appointed his Queen, Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) as the order's inaugural Grand Master; after her death in 2002, the office fell vacant until Elizabeth II appointed her daughter, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Grand Master. The Savoy Chapel was made the order's chapel in 1938 and its chaplain has also been ex officio the order's chaplain ever since. Since 1938, the order has also had an Honorary Genealogist, who has also been an Officer of Arms, although appointees are not technically officers of the order, there being no provision for it in the statutes.MV Brisbane Star
MV Brisbane Star was a British refrigerated cargo liner. She was built by Cammell Laird and Co in 1936–37 as one of Blue Star Line's Imperial Star-class ships, designed to ship frozen meat from Australia and New Zealand to the United Kingdom. The ship served in the Second World War and is distinguished for her rôle in Operation Pedestal to relieve the siege of Malta in August 1942. She was owned by a succession of Blue Star-controlled companies until 1963, when she was sold to a Liberian-registered company who renamed her Enea. Later that same year she was scrapped in Japan.MV Melbourne Star (1936)
MV Melbourne Star was a British refrigerated cargo liner. She was built by Cammell Laird and Co in 1936 as one of Blue Star Line's Imperial Star-class ships, designed to ship frozen meat from Australia and New Zealand to the United Kingdom. She served in the Second World War and is distinguished for her rôle in Operation Pedestal to relieve the siege of Malta in August 1942. She was sunk by torpedo in 1943 with the loss of 115 lives.Permanent Force Good Service Medal
The Permanent Force Good Service Medal was instituted by the Republic of South Africa in 1961, when South Africa became a republic, to replace the Union Medal. It was awarded to Permanent Force members of the South African Defence Force for eighteen years of service and good conduct.SS Britannia (1925)
SS Britannia was a British steam passenger ship which was sunk by a German merchant raider during the Second World War.South African Medal for War Services
The South African Medal for War Services is a South African service medal for voluntary unpaid service in support of the war effort between 6 September 1939 and 15 February 1946, during the Second World War.Southern Cross Medal (1952)
The Southern Cross Medal of 1952, post-nominal letters SM, is a South African military decoration which was instituted by the Union of South Africa in 1952. It was awarded for outstanding devotion to duty and was originally available to all ranks, but from 1967 until July 1975, when it was discontinued, it was reserved for officers.Van Riebeeck Decoration
The Van Riebeeck Decoration, post-nominal letters DVR, is a South African military decoration for bravery which was instituted by the Union of South Africa in 1952. It was awarded to officers for distinguished service in the field.