BARROWCLOUGH, Right Hon. Sir Harold Eric, K.C.M.G., D.S.O. and Bar, M.C.
Chief Justice of New Zealand.
A new biography of Barrowclough, Harold Eric appears in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography on this site.
Harold Eric Barrowclough was born at Masterton on 23 June 1894 and educated at Otago University. A distinguished record in the First World War included the Military Cross, the Croix de Guerre, and the command of 4th Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. After the war he commanded the Otago Regiment and, in 1930–31, 3rd New Zealand Infantry Brigade. With the advent of the Second World War he was made Brigadier commanding 6th New Zealand Brigade in the Middle East, later becoming G.O.C. of 3rd New Zealand Division and, still later, of the New Zealand Pacific Forces. He was awarded a D.S.O. with Bar, Military Cross, first class, and the United States Legion of Merit. He was appointed Chief Justice of New Zealand in 1953, and became a member of the Privy Council in 1954, in which year he was made K.C.M.G.