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The 1921 Birthday Honours were appointments by King George V to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of the British Empire. The appointments were made to celebrate the official birthday of the King, and were published on 3 and 4 June 1921.[1][2][3]

The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour, and arranged by honour, with classes (Knight, Knight Grand Cross, etc.) and then divisions (Military, Civil, etc.) as appropriate.


United Kingdom and British EmpireEdit




  • The Rt. Hon. Sir James Henry Dalziel Bt by the name, style and title of Baron Dalziel of Kirkcaldy, of Marylebone in the county of London.
  • The Rt. Hon. Sir Ailwyn Edward Fellowes KCVO KBE JP DL by the name, style and title of Baron Ailwyn, of Honingham, in the County of Norfolk. Member of Parliament for Hants (Ramsey), 1887-1908; Junior Lord of the Treasury, 1900-1905. Chairman of Norfolk County Council. Chairman of Agricultural Wages Board;
  • Sir Marcus Samuel by the name, style and title of Baron Bearsted, of Maidstone, in the County of Kent. For eminent public and national services. A generous benefactor to charitable and scientific objects.

Privy CouncillorEdit

The King appointed the following to His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council of the United Kingdom:

The King appointed the following to His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council of Ireland:


Knight BachelorEdit

  • Wilfred Atlay, Chairman, Stock Exchange, London
  • Jeffrey Browning CBE ISO Chief-Inspector Board of Customs and Excise
  • William Henry Butlin, Ex Vice-Consul for Spain. For public services.
  • James Charles Calder CBE Ex-director of timber control. For public and national services.
  • Robert Clough MP Member of Parliament for Keighley Division of Yorkshire. Mayor of Keighley 1907-1908
  • Thomas Henry Fleming, Mayor of Harrogate 1915-16, 1916–17, 1918-19. Rendered conspicuous services during the war in the-promotion of every local effort, giving his whole time to national work
  • Thomas Mansel Franklen, Clerk of the Peace for Glamorgan for 40 years. Clerk to the Glamorgan County Council since its formation in 1888. For public services.
  • Francis Gore-Browne KC JP Chairman of Rates Advisory Committee. Chairman Civil Service Arbitration Board, 1918–20
  • His Honour Judge Thomas Colpitts Granger JP Senior County Court Judge
  • John Roger Burrow Gregory, Senior partner in the firm of Rawle, Johnstone & Co., Treasurer of the Foundling Hospital. Past Master of the Grocers Company; Member of the Council of The Law Society. Has given very great assistance to successive holders of the office of Lord Chancellor
  • Colonel James William Greig CB KC VD MP Member of Parliament for West Renfrewshire since January, 1910
  • Alderman Lieutenant-Colonel Harry George Handover JP Mayor of Paddington for eight years
  • John Henry Harrowing, for public services. Twenty-eight years County Councillor of the North Riding County Council and afterwards elected County Alderman.
  • William Henderson CB Town Councillor Dundee, 1896-1904. Chairman of Technical College. Chairman of YMCA and of City of Dundee Territorial Association. 1907-1919. For public and local services.
  • Francis Hugh George Hercy CBE DL For valuable voluntary services rendered for five years to the Ministry of National Service and War Office.
  • John Scott Hindley, Commercial Adviser to the Coal Mines Dept. since 1918
  • Henry Hollingdrake JP for public and local services.
  • Charles John Holmes Director National Gallery
  • Councillor Sidney Richard White Humphries, for public services. Councillor of Bristol for many years. President of Bristol Chamber of Commerce
  • Samuel Instome, Founder of Askern Garden City. For public services.
  • Arthur Keith FRCS FRS Hunterian Professor and Conservator of the Royal College of Surgeons
  • Duncan Mackenzie Kerly KC Member of the Commission on Income Tax and Chairman of the Board of Referees for Excess Profits Duty
  • Leonard William Kershaw, King's Coroner, Master of the Crown Office and Registrar of the Court of Criminal Appeal
  • William Lane-Mitchell MP for Streatham since 1918. Twice Mayor of Camberwell
  • Alfred Edward Lewis, Managing Director of the National Provincial and Union Bank of England, Ltd
  • Thomas Lewis CBE FRCP FRS Honorary consulting physician to the Ministry of Pensions since April, 1919
  • Dyson Mallinson. For public services. Has rendered valuable services in connection with various colleges and institutions
  • Brigadier-General Charles Philip Martel CB Chief Superintendent of Ordnance Factories, Woolwich
  • Richard Martin DL Ex-Mayor of Swansea
  • George Mellor DL For public and national services, particularly in connection with the King's Lancashire Military Convalescent Hospital
  • Adrian Donald Wilde Pollock, City Chamberlain and Treasurer since 1912
  • Walter Renton Preston, Member of Parliament for Stepney (Mile End Division)
  • William Henry Purchase, For valuable services rendered since the armistice to the Appointments Department of the Ministry of Labour
  • Professor John Rankine KC DL Professor of Scots Law, University of Edinburgh
  • Francis Jubal Reynolds DL For public services.
  • Edward Rhodes, Chairman of Lancashire and Cheshire Coalition Liberal Committee
  • Fredierick Gill Rice Past President of London Master Builders Association and of the Institute of Public Builders. For public services.
  • Colonel Philip Wigham Richardson OBE VD. For services rendered throughout the Empire for 40 years in connection with rifle shooting
  • Alderman, Alfred Read Sargeant DL Mayor of Hove throughout the war
  • Henry White Smith OBE Chairman of Bristol Aircraft Factory. For services to Civil Aviation
  • William Henry Thomas MBE Member of City of London Corporation. Deputy of the Ward of Cheap.
  • John Turner DL Ex High Sheriff of Leicestershire. For public services.
  • Francis Minchin Voules CBE Knight of Grace of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. For services rendered to British Prisoners of War.
  • Robert Woolley Walden, For public services. Member of the Metropolitan Asylums Board for 20 years and its Chairman for the past six years; 21 years Guardian of the Poor; 20 years a Member of the Council and Alderman of the City of Westminster, and Mayor, 1908-1909
  • Sydney Russell-Wells MRCP MRCS Vice Chancellor, University of London. Representative of the University of London on the General Medical Council. For public services.
  • Howell James Williams DL JP Deputy Chairman, London County Council
  • Robert Wilson, Provost of Pollokshaws
  • Alfred Woodgarbe OBE Proprietor-General of Establishments in the Ministry of Health since its formation
  • Bernard Swanwick Wright, Alderman of City of Nottingham. For public services.
  • George Beresford Butler, Senior Resident Magistrate in Ireland. Was appointed in 1889, and is still serving
  • Frederick Conway Dwyer Ex-President, College of Surgeons in Ireland. Lieutenant-Col (temporary), Royal Army Medical Corps, and Operating Surgeon to King George V. Military Hospital in Dublin. Honorary Surgeon to Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Chairman of House of Industry Hospitals. H.M. Inspector of Anatomy in Ireland.
  • James Campbell Percy DL DL Honorary Lieutenant, Royal Navy, during war. Proprietor of Motor News, Irish Builder, Irish Cyclist and Motor Cyclist. Chairman of Sackville Pines
  • Henry James Forde DL For services in connection with the Grain Trade in Ireland and as member of Royal Commission on Wheat Supplies
British India
  • Justice Theagaraja Ayyar Sadasiva Ayyar, Diwam Bahadur, Puisne Judge of the High Court, Madras
  • Justice William Teunon, Indian Civil Service, Puisne Judge of the High Court, Calcutta, Bengal
  • Justice William Tudball, Indian Civil Service, Puisne Judge of the High Court, Allahabad, United Provinces
  • Khan Bahadur Muhammad Israr Hasan Khan CIE Judicial Minister, Bhopal State, Central India
  • Alfred Domaldi Pickford, Senior Partner, Messrs. Begg, Dunlop & Co., Calcutta, Bengal
  • Edgar Joseph Holberton CBE Manager, Bombay-Burma Trading Corporation, and lately President of the Chamber of Commerce, Burma
  • Jehangir Hormasji Kothari OBE Landlord, Sind, Bombay
  • Raj Bahadur Seth Bishesihar Das, Banker, Nagpur, Central Provinces
Colonies, Protectorates, etc.

The Most Honourable Order of the BathEdit

Civilian star of the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB)Edit

Military DivisionEdit

Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)Edit

Military DivisionEdit
Royal Navy
Civil DivisionEdit
  • Surgeon Rear-Admiral Percy William Biassett-Smith CB CMG
  • Colonel Thomas Walter, Viscount Hampden CB CMG ADC
  • Colonel Edward Nathan Whitley CB CMG DSO
  • Francis Lewis Castle Floud CB Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture

Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)Edit

Military DivisionEdit
Royal Navy
  • Major-General The Hon. Sir Charles John Sackville-West KBE CMG Military Attaché
  • Colonel Guy William Fitton CMG Chief Paymaster, Royal Army Pay Corps
  • Colonel Francis Lyon CMG DSO Military Attaché
  • Colonel Gilbert Harwood Harrison CMG Chief Engineer, Eastern Command
  • Colonel Julius Ralph Young, Chief Engineer, Forces in China
  • Colonel William Dunlop Smith CMG DSO Deputy Director of Veterinary Services, Eastern Command
  • Colonel Charles Edward Pollock CBE DSO Assistant Director of Medical Services, Eastern Command
  • Colonel William Maunder Withycombe CMG DSO Brigade Commander, 3rd West Riding Infantry Brigade
  • Colonel Cosmo Gordon Stewart CMG DSO Commander, Allahabad Brigade Area
  • Colonel Cyril Norman Macmullen CMG CIE Indian Army, Brigade Commander, 17th Indian Infantry Brigade
  • Colonel John Francis Stanhope Duke-Coleridge CMG DSO Indian Army, General Staff Officer, 1st Grade, Headquarters, Indian Army
Civil DivisionEdit
  • Colonel Henry Clayton Darlington CMG TD
  • William Charles Fletcher, Chief Inspector of Secondary Education under the Board of Education
  • Llewelyn Southworth Lloyd, Assistant Secretary to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research since its formation
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Ronald Dockray Waterhouse CMG Private Secretary to Bonar Law

The Most Exalted Order of the Star of IndiaEdit

Star of a Knight Grand Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India

Knight Grand Commander (GCSI)Edit

  • Colonel His Highness Alhijah Farzand-i-Dilpazir-i-Daulat-i-Inglisihia, Mukhlis-ud-Daula Nasir-ul-Mulk Amir-ul-Umra Nawab Sir Hamid Ali Khan Bahadur, Mustaid Jung GCIE GCVO Nawab of Rampur, Honorary Aide-de-Camp to His Majesty the King-Emperor

Knight Commander (KCSI)Edit

  • Charles George Todhunter CSI Indian Civil Service, Member of the Executive Council, Madras
  • Sir Henry Wheeler KCIE CSI Indian Civil Service, Member of the Executive Council, Bengal

Companion (CSI)Edit

  • Raja Sir Muhammad Ali Muhammad Khan, Khan Bahadur KCIE Raja of Mahmudabad, Home Member, United Provinces Government
  • Robert Erskine Holland Political Department, Government of India, Agent to the Governor General in Rajputana and Chief Commissioner of Ajmer-Merwara
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Granville Seville CIE Political Department, Government of India, Agent to the Governor-General in Central India
  • Charles Alexander Innes CIE Indian Civil Service, Secretary to the Government of India, Commerce Department
  • Charles Joseph Hallifax CBE Indian Civil Service, Financial Commissioner, Punjab
  • Colonel Herbert Fothergill Cooke CB DSO Indian Army, Deputy Adjutant-General, Adjutant-General's Branch, Army Headquarters
  • Ernest Marinus Process, Chief Engineer and Secretary to Government, Public Works Department, Bombay
  • Leonard Tatham Harris, Indian Civil Service, Agency Commissioner, Madras
  • Albion Rajkumar Banerji CIE Indian Civil Service, First Member of the Executive Council of His Highness1 the Maharaja of Mysore
  • Reginald Isidore Robert Glancy CIE Indian Civil Service, Political Department of the Government of India
  • Sadar-ul-Maham, Finance Department, His Exalted Highness the Nizam's Government
  • William Robert Gourlay CIE Indian Civil Service, Private Secretary to His Excellency the Governor of Bengal
  • Colonel Kenneth Wigram CB CBE DSO Indian Army, Commandant, 2nd Battalion, 2nd King Edward's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles), late Director of Staff Duties, General Staff Branch, Army Headquarters
  • Raj Bahadur Major-General Dewan Bishan Das CIE Revenue Minister, Jammu and Kashmir State, Sirinagar

The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint GeorgeEdit

Star of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG)Edit

Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)Edit

  • The Hon. Richard Anderson Squires KC Prime Minister of Newfoundland
  • The Hon. James Mitchell CMG Premier, Minister for Lands and Colonial Treasurer of the State of Western Australia
  • The Hon. Edwin Mitchelson, Member of the Legislative Council of the Dominion of New Zealand
  • Sir Charles Stewart Addis Kt Manager of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, for valuable services to His Majesty's Government in connection with finance in China
Honorary Knight Commander
  • His Highness Abdullah ibni Almerhum, Sultan Ahmad Ma'azaam Shah, Sultan of Pahang

Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)Edit

  • Sidney Browning, lately Provincial Commissioner, Uganda Protectorate
  • Clifford Henderson Hay MVO Secretary to the Premier's Department, State of New South Wales, and General Secretary to the Conference of Premiers of the Australian States
  • Benjamin Horsburgh, Controller of Revenue, Island of Ceylon
  • Lieutenant-Colonel William James Parke Hume, British Resident, Perak, Federated Malay States
  • John Maxwell, Deputy Chief Commissioner, Administrative and Political Department, Gold Coast
  • Frederick William Platts, Stipendiary Magistrate, Dominion of New Zealand
  • The Hon. Arthur Robinson, Attorney-General and Member of the Legislative Council of the State of Victoria
  • Major James Lewis Sleeman CBE MVO recognition of services as Director of Military Training, New Zealand Military Forces
  • Rowland Arthur Charles Sperling, a Counsellor in the Foreign Office
  • Sir Percy Lyham Loraine Bt Counsellor in His Majesty's Diplomatic Service
  • Herbert Ashley Cunard Cummins OBE charge of His Majesty's Legation in Mexico since 1917
  • Harold George Parlett, Japanese Secretary to His Majesty's Embassy at Tokyo
Honorary Companions
  • Mohammadu, Sultan of Sokoto, Nigeria

The Most Eminent Order of the Indian EmpireEdit

Riband, badge and star of the Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire

Knight Commander (KCIE)Edit

  • William Didsbury Sheppard CIE late Indian Civil Service, Member of the Council of India
  • Ludovic Charles Barter CSI CIE OBE Indian Civil Service, Finance Member, United Provinces Government
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Armine Brereton Dew CSI CIE Political Department, Government of India, Agent to the Governor-General and Chief Commissioner in Baluchistan
  • Kawab Khan-i-Zaman Khan, Chief of Annib, North-West Frontier Province
  • Nawab Haji Fateh Ali Khan, Kazilbash CIE Lahore, Punjab
  • Raja Muhammad Nazim Khan CIE Tham or Ruler of Hunza Gilgit Agency, Kashmir
  • Major-General William Rice Edward CB CMG Indian Medical Service, Director-General, Indian Medical Service
  • Evan Maconochie CSI Indian Civil Service, Agent to the Governor in Kathiawar, Bombay
  • Sardar Mysore Kantaraj Urs CSI Mysore Civil Service, Dewan of Mysore
  • Colonel William Henry Willcox CB CMG FRCP late Medical Adviser to the Civil Administration in Mesopotamia

Companion (CIE)Edit

  • John Edwin Clapham Jukes, Indian Civil Service, Joint Secretary, Finance Department, Government of India
  • Ernest Burdon, Indian Civil Service, Financial Adviser, Military Finance
  • Nawab Muhammad Ahmad Said Khan MBE MLC of Chitari, Bulandshah District, United Provinces
  • Herbert Edward West Martindell, Chief Engineer and Secretary, Public Works Department, Burma
  • Alexander Montgemerie, Indian Civil Service, Secretary, Political Department, Bombay
  • Evelyn Robins Abbott, Indian Civil Service, Commissioner, Multan Division, Punjab
  • James Cowlishaw Smith, Indian Civil Service, Magistrate and Collector, United Provinces
  • Percy Beart Thomas, Inspector-General of Police, Madras
  • John Richard Cunningham, Director of Public Instruction, Assam
  • Stephen Cox MBE Chief Conservator of Forests, Madras
  • Leslie Maurice Crump, Indian Civil Service, Political Department, Government of India, lately Political Agent, Phulkian States, Punjab
  • Hugh Kynaston Briscoe, Indian Civil Service, Collector of Cuttack, Bihar and Orissa
  • Temp. Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Rivers Nevill OBE Indian Civil Service, Indian Army Reserve of Officers, Assistant Adjutant-General, Army Headquarters
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Benjamin Hobbs Deare, Indian Medical Service, Principal, Medical College, Calcutta, Bengal
  • Henry Vernon Barstow Hare Scott, Indian Police, Deputy Director, Central Intelligence
  • Robert William Church, Mining Engineer to the Railway Board
  • Major Lewis Macclesfield Heath MC Commandant, Seistan Levy Corps
  • Major Lionel Edward Lang MC late Commandant, Seistan Levy Corps
  • Raj Bahadur Milkhi Ram, Senior Vice-President of the Municipal Committee, Lahore, Punjab
  • Rao Bahadur Kesho Govind Damle, Pleader, Vice-Chairman of the District Board, Akola, Central Provinces
  • James Walls Mackison, Executive Engineer, Bombay Municipality, Bombay
  • Arthur Lambert Playfair, of Dibrugarh, Assam
  • Raj Bahadur Babu Abinash Chandra Stem, Member of Council, Jaipur State, Rajputana
  • Maganlal Thakordas Balmukanda Modi, Merchant, Bombay
  • Doctor Mohendra Nath Banerjee, Medical Practitioner, Principal, Carmichael Medical College, Belgatchia, Bengal

Members of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH)Edit

The riband and badge of the "Companions of Honour"

The Royal Victorian OrderEdit

Insignia of a Knight / Dames Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO)Edit

Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO)Edit

  • Sir Walter Parratt CVO (dated 10 February 1921)
  • Ernest de la Rue (dated 7 May 1921)
  • Robert Alfred McCall KC

Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)Edit

Member of the Royal Victorian Order, 4th class (MVO)Edit

  • Major the Honorable Arthur Hay
  • The Reverend Walter Philip Besley
  • John Hilton Carter (dated 7 May 1921)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Rupert Stewart
  • Alfred Robert Brickwood Vaux
  • Horace West
  • The Reverend Herbert Francis Westlake

Member of the Royal Victorian Order, 5th class (MVO)Edit

  • Thomas Henry Norton

Kaisar-i-Hind MedalEdit

First Class
  • The Reverend Canon Arthur Whitcliffe Davies, Principal, St. John's College, Agra, United Provinces
  • George Rusby Kaye, Curator, Bureau of Education, Government of India
  • The Reverend William Meston, Professor and Bursar, Madras Christian College, Madras
  • M. R. Ry. Diwan Bahadur Duruseti Seshagiri Rao Pantulu Garu, President, Godavari District Board, Madras
  • The Reverend Ernest Muir, Missionary and Doctor, Bengal
  • Sri Gadahar Ramanuj Das, Mahant of Emar Math, Puri, Bihar and Orissa
  • Lee Ah Yain, an elected member of the Rangoon Municipal Committee, Burma

Air Force Cross (AFC)Edit

  • Flight Lieutenant Eric Blake Grenfell

Air Force Medal (AFM)Edit

Awarded a Bar to the Air Force Medal (AFM*)Edit

  • Sgt. Major II Walter Robert Mayes DSM AFM
  • Flight Sgt. Sidney James Heath AFM

Imperial Service Order (ISO)Edit

Home Civil Service
  • George Theodore Knecht, Head of Establishments, Rules and Accounts Branch, Friendly Societies Registry
  • Griffith John Williams, Senior Inspector of Mines, Mines Department
  • Annie Alice Heap, Superintendent, Exchange Staff, London Telephone Service, General Post Office
  • William Harvey, Chief Clerk in Department of Prison Commission for Scotland
  • Francis Stephen Sheridan DL Chief Clerk, Congested Districts Board (Ireland)
Colonial Civil Service
  • Capt. Hubert Berkeley, District Officer, Upper Perak, Federated Malay States
  • Edward Albert Counsel, Surveyor-General and Secretary for Lands, State of Tasmania
  • John Smith Erbynn, Chief Clerk, Ashanti Political Service
  • George Gozzard Martin, Secretary to the Attorney-General, State of South Australia
  • Alfred Ernest Clarence Ross, Postmaster-General, Colony of Trinidad and Tobago
  • George Albert Woodcock, lately Magistrate and First Clerk, Magistracy, Colony of Hong Kong
Indian Civil Service
  • William Anderson Hasted, Director of Survey, Madras
  • Maumg Hla Baw (1) District Judge, Prome and Tharrawaddy, Burma
  • Charles St. Leger Teyen, Assistant Secretary, Finance Department, United Provinces Secretariat
  • M. R. Ry. Rao Bahadur Paruvakattil Narayana Menon Avargal, Secretary to the Commissioner of Revenue Settlement, Survey, Land Records and Agriculture, Madras
  • Henry Bryan Gilmore, Deputy Registrar, High Court of Judicature, Lahore, Punjab
  • Major William Daniel Neal, Indian Medical Department, Assistant to the Superintendent, Medical College Hospital, Bengal
  • Joseph Balthazar de Silva, Personal Assistant to the Military Secretary to His Excellency the Governor of Bombay

Imperial Service Medal (ISM)Edit

  • Hari Charan, Jemadar in the Legislative Department of the Government of India, in recognition of long and meritorious service


  1. ^ "King's Birthday – Colonial Office List". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 3 June 1921. p. 12.
  2. ^ "No. 32346". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1921. pp. 4529–4536.
  3. ^ "No. 13745". The Edinburgh Gazette. 23 September 1921. p. 1568.