THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
FALCONER Alexander Smith
8/39, Captain, Otago Regiment
10491, Brigadier, New Zealand Military Forces, WW2

CITATION
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Gazetted 9 September 1942, p3945
In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East during the period November, 1941, to April, 1942:

Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 1 January 1919, p22
Operation on Somme, March – September 1918.  During the period under review this officer has done conspicuously good work as Brigade Major of this Brigade.  In the recent operations he has repeatedly gone round the line under very strenuous circumstances and sized up the situation with great accuracy.  His keenness and untiring energy at all times has set a splendid example of devotion to duty to the rest of the staff

Military Cross
Gazetted 1 January 1917, p45
During the last 18 months this officer has been attached to the Headquarters Staff of this Brigade and has at different times performed the duties of every staff appointment to my entire satisfaction.  He is hard working and courteous to all ranks – in fact the best type of New Zealand Officer.  I wish especially to bring to notice his work as acting Brigade major 26/27th September, when this Brigade attacked , took, and held Grid Lines and Goose Alley.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 December 1917, p13574
For conspicuous and continuous good work in the field.  This officer, both as Staff Captain and when acting as he had done on many occasions as Brigade major has carried out his duties conscientiously and well.  His work throughout has been of a very high order indeed.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 31 December 1918, p15230
Sir D. Haig’s despatch dated 8 November 1918, submitting names deserving of special mention

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted

AWARDS
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mention in Despatches (2)
1939-45 Star
Africa Star
Italy Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Mention in Despatches
New Zealand War Service Medal
Efficiency Decoration
New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal
New Zealand Territorial Service Medal

NOTES
Born 4 November 1892, Mosgiel, New Zealand
Died 27 October 1966, Dunedin, New Zealand