Wilfrid Sim

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Sir Wilfrid Joseph Sim KBE MC OStJ QC (3 November 1890 5 November 1974) was a notable New Zealand lawyer and soldier. He was born in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand in 1890. [1]

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Early life

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of St John in 1946. [2] In the 1951 New Year Honours he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire for public services. [3]

The 1951 New Year Honours in New Zealand were appointments by King George VI on the advice of the New Zealand government to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by New Zealanders. The awards celebrated the passing of 1950 and the beginning of 1951, and were announced on 1 January 1951.

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Sim was a Christchurch City Councillor from 1925 to 1927. [1] He was a member of the National Party and became its president for seven years from 1944 to 1951. [4]

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  1. 1 2 Barton, G. P. "Wilfrid Joseph Sim". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  2. "No. 37417". The London Gazette . 1 January 1946. p. 203.
  3. "No. 39106". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1951. p. 40.
  4. Gustafson 1986, p. 289.

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