London – 13 February 2006. The Chancery regrets to announce the death of longstanding delegation member, John Brooke-Little, – a Knight Grand Cross of Grace of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George.
Mr Brooke-Little was first invested in the Order in 1975 and had been a supportive member of the British and Irish delegation and its charitable activities even though his period of long illness.
Mr Brooke-Little joined the College of Arms in 1957 and held the posts of Norroy & Ulster King of Arms from 1980 to 1995 and Clarenceux King of Arms from 1995 until his retirement in 1997. He founded the Heraldry Society in 1950 and became its President in 1997 as well as edited its magazin e “Coat of Arms”.
A renowned author and editor of numerous books and publications on the subject of heraldry, Mr Brooke-Little was also the Director of the Heralds’ Museum at the Tower of London.
HM The Queen appointed him a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1984. Mr Brooke-Little also served as Chancellor of the British Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta from 1973-1977 and eventually held the rank of Knight Grand Cross of Grace and Devotion. Among numerous other awards were those of Knight of Justice of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem and the Cruz Distinguida (1st class) de San Raimundo de Penafort (Spain).
Requiescat in pace.