PRINCIPAL honours for Catholics in the Queen's Birthday list are knighthoods for Mr. Arnold Lunn and Mr. Compton Mackenzie, the K.C.V.O. for the Earl of Eldon, the K.B.E. for Lieutenant-General Francis Festing, and the C.B.E. for Mr. J. B.
ARNOLD LUNN is knighted for his services to British ski-ing and to Anglo-Swiss relations. Ills elder son, Peter, was captain of the British Olympic Ski Team in 1936 and for three years captain of the British International Ski Team; now he is Second Secretary at the British Legation in Berne.
In this case father is following in son's footsteps: for his services to ski-ing Peter Lunn was awarded the O.B.E. last year. Both are converts to the Church, and the son has followed his father by becoming an author and journalist, with two books on ski-ing and a "thriller" novel. The new knight's writings, however, are largely in the fields of religious and historical controversy.
Among his books best known to Catholics are The Flight from Reason, Difficulties (a discussion-byletter with Mgr. Knox) and Now •1 See.
COMPTON MACKENZIE—brother of Fay Compton, the actress—is another convert: he was received into the Church in 1914.
His services in the first World War in the Royal Naval Division brought him decorations from France, Serbia and Greece. He has been Lord Rector of Glasgow University, and has long been editor of the Gramophone —with a wonderful collection of records.
For 40 years he has been writing best-selling novels (as well as historical records of two wars) and since the second World War he has won a prominent place in films, radio and
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3. B. MORTON is another convert: he was received in 1922.
Daily Express readers, and a host of others know him only as "Beachcomber" but, like the first "Beachcomber," his friend D. B. Wyndham Lewis. he is also an historian, particularly of the French Revolution period.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL FRANCIS WOG AN FESTING, C.B.. C.B.E.. D.S.O., aged 51, is one of the big men in N.A.T.O.—Assistant Chief of Staff for Organisation and Training. In a crowded military career of 22 years he became Commander-in-Chief, Hong Kong, when he was 47.
THE EARL OF ELDON was a Lord-in-Waiting to King George VI. An old Ampleforth boy, he is the son of the late Viscount Encombe, whose wife was a daughter of the 15th Lord Lovat. He became the Earl of Eldon on the death of his grandfather.