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John Francis Yaxley CBE (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] During his studies he attended the 6th World Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow and reported his experiences in Palatinate.[2] After graduating he completed two years of national service, before joining the Overseas Civil Service in 1961.[1]


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]

Further readingEdit

  • Yaxley, John (1999). "In the western Pacific and Hong Kong, 1960-1990". In Smith, John. Administering empire: the British colonial service in retrospect. University of London Press. Retrieved 3 May 2011.


  1. ^ a b "Yaxley, John Francis, (born 13 Nov. 1936), HM Overseas Civil Service, 1961–94". Who's Who. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Impressions of Moscow". Palatinate (106): 5. 8 November 1957. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  3. ^ MacArthur, Norma; Yaxley, J. F. (1968). Condominium of the New Hebrides: a report on the first census of the population 1967. New South Wales Government. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  4. ^ "List of Housing Authority full members and Committee members". Hong Kong Housing Society. 1987. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
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  8. ^ "No. 52173". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 1990. p. 16.
  9. ^ "Prayer Book Society Journal, Trinity 2006" (PDF). Retrieved 28 May 2018.