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John Francis Yaxley (born 13 November 1936) is a former civil servant in the UK Colonial Office.


Early lifeEdit

Yaxley studied at Durham University as a member of Hatfield College.[1] After graduating he completed two years of national service, before joining the Overseas Civil Service in 1961.[2]


Yaxley served in Vanuatu (formerly The New Hebrides), the Solomon Islands (formerly The British Solomon Islands Protectorate) and, by contrast, Hong Kong. He carried out the first census of the New Hebrides with Norma MacArthur in 1967, and subsequently reported on it.[3]

He held the office of Deputy Financial Secretary to the Treasury Branch under Colonial Hong Kong, 16 March 1987 -March 1989.[4] Also in his time in Hong Kong he acted as secretary for Trade and Industry[5] and Financial Secretary.[6][7]

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1990 Queen's Birthday Honours.[8] He retired in 1994 and subsequently served on the Council of Durham University, later becoming a trustee of the Prayer Book Society in 2005.[9]

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