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b: 23 Jun 1904
d: 26 Aug 1978
1946, CBE - 1 Jan 1944 (OBE -
AFC - xx xxx xxxx, MA, LL.D (Hon) – 1966,
DL (West Riding)
- 4 Jul 1949.
(AuxAF): Plt Off: 7 Feb 1931, Fg Off: 7 Aug 1932, Flt Lt: 25 Nov 1933, Sqn Ldr: 30 Dec 1934, Act Wg Cdr: 24 Dec 1939, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1940, Act Gp Capt: xx xxx xxxx, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Dec 1941, Act A/Cdre: xx Jun 1942, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Oct 1944, A/Cdre: xx xxx xxxx, Act AVM: 1 Feb 1945 - 16 Aug 1945.
Feb 1931: Pilot, No 608 (West Riding) Sqn Aux AF.
Officer Commanding, No 608 (North Riding) Sqn Aux AF.
30 Oct 1938: Relinquished his AuxAF Commission (with No 608 Sqn)
1 Nov 1938: Granted an AuxAF Commission (with No 609 Sqn) in the rank of Squadron Leader.
Officer Commanding, No 609 (West Riding) Sqn Aux AF.
24 Dec 1939: Operations Controller, RAF Wick.
xx xxx xxxx: Officer Commanding, ? Sector
Commandant, Royal Observer Corps.
23 Jun 1943: Deputy SASO, HQ Fighter Command.
26 Aug 1943 - 1 Oct 1944: Additional ADC to the King
SASO, HQ Fighter Command
15 Oct 1947 - 11 Mar 1957: Honorary Air Commodore, No 609 (West Riding) Sqn, RAuxAF
1 Nov 1949 - 11 Mar 1957: Honorary Air Commodore, No 2609 (West Riding) Field Sqn, RAuxAF Reg.
1 Nov 1949 - 31 Jan 1961: Honorary Air Commodore, No 3609 (West Riding) Fighter Control Unit.
Educated at Cambridge, he worked for Fred Ambler Ltd in Bradford, where he invented a system for accelerating the production of worsted yarn. After the war he returned to the business and eventually rose to Chairman. From 1947 to 1957, he was Hon A/Cdre to 609 Sqn. When he was appointed Commandant of the ROC, he became the first serving officer to hold the post, it previously having been held by retired officers.
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