Reason and date of OBE awarded to Peter Smollett-Smolka

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Dear Main Honours Advisory Committee,

Could you please divulge the date and reason of the OBE awarded to Peter 'Harry' Smollett-Smolka?
He is sometimes known as Hans Smolka, Peter Smollett and variations on the same theme as he changed his name by deed poll twice. Other official records of him contain a great deal of spelling errors, so his name is an unwieldy search term. He worked for the Ministry of Information from 1938 to around 1944. There are references to the awarded honour online, but scant other information.
If his OBE was rescinded, which given that he later turned out to be a Soviet agent seems likely, could you please say when it was and what reason was given at the time?

Yours faithfully,
Mr G. Nixon

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Dear Main Honours Advisory Committee,

In case it is of assistance, I should mention that, since the original request, I have found one reference that suggests the OBE was awarded in 1944. This may help narrow down your search. Nevertheless, I'd still like confirmation of the full date as well as the reason.

Thank you,

Yours faithfully,

George Nixon

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Dear Main Honours Advisory Committee,

Thank you for your response. Unfortunately, it has resulted in what seems to be a dead-end.
Can you confirm that the variations on his name (Smolka, Smollett, and Smollett-Smolka) were used in the record search?
If your department has no record of this, can you suggest where I might find this information?

Yours faithfully,

George Nixon

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"The object of giving medals, stars and ribbons is to give pride and
pleasure to those who have deserved them. At the same time a distinction
is something which everybody does not possess. If all have it, it is of
less value. There must, therefore, be heartburnings and disappointments on
the borderline. A medal glitters, but it also casts a shadow. The task of
drawing up regulations for such awards is one which does not admit of a
perfect solution. It is not possible to satisfy everybody without running
the risk of satisfying nobody. All that is possible is to give the
greatest satisfaction to the greatest number and to hurt the feelings of
the fewest."  Winston Churchill

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Dear Main Honours Advisory Committee,

I am following up on this request. Although there was a partial answer, I would like to get a more constructive answer if possible please. As stated in my last message, could you please confirm that the variations of his name were used in the records search? This was a condition of the original request.

Failing any results, could you please advise on where the information might be obtained?

Yours faithfully,

George Nixon

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the following video: [3]Completing an Honours nomination form.

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please be aware that each nomination can take at least 12-18 months to be
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Bravery and/or Gallantry Awards

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take this as an automatic acknowledgement that we have received your
nomination. They will be actively considered.

"The object of giving medals, stars and ribbons is to give pride and
pleasure to those who have deserved them. At the same time a distinction
is something which everybody does not possess. If all have it, it is of
less value. There must, therefore, be heartburnings and disappointments on
the borderline. A medal glitters, but it also casts a shadow. The task of
drawing up regulations for such awards is one which does not admit of a
perfect solution. It is not possible to satisfy everybody without running
the risk of satisfying nobody. All that is possible is to give the
greatest satisfaction to the greatest number and to hurt the feelings of
the fewest."  Winston Churchill

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Dear GEORGE NIXON

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