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26 Dec 1883 r: 7 Dec 1928
d: 3 May 1974
- 8 Jun 1944, CB - 3 Jun 1925, CMG -
-1 Jan 1917,
OBE - 7 Jun 1918,
MiD - 31 Dec 1918,
- 11 Jul 1919.
- 2 Lt:
22 Aug 1902, Lt:
27 Nov 1904, Capt: 27 Aug 1911, (T) Maj: 1 Mar 1916, (T)
Lt Col: 29 Apr 1917.
- (T) Lt Col [Maj]: 1 Apr
1918, Wg Cdr: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr
1918], Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1921 [1 Aug
1919], A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1928.
xxx xxxx: Attended RMC Sandhurst.
22 Aug 1902: Granted a Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant with a view to his appointment to the Indian Staff Corps.
11 Jan 1904: Removed from the Unattached List
11 Jan 1904: Officer, 33rd Punjabi Regiment, Indian Army.
24 Dec 1914: Staff Captain,
26 Aug 1915: Flying Officer, RFC.
29 Dec 1915: Flight Commander, No 34 Sqn RFC?
12 Jan 1916: Acting Officer Commanding, No 34 Sqn RFC.
Officer Commanding, No 34 Sqn RFC. (BE2c/BE2e/RE8)
Commandant, Wireless & Observation School.
Officer Commanding, Artillery and Infantry Co-operation School xx May 1918:
xx Oct 1917: Officer Commanding, Artillery and Infantry Co-operation School
xx May 1918: ?
1 Aug 1919: Awarded Permanent Commission as a Lieutenant Colonel
Staff Officer 1st Class, Directorate of Operations and Intelligence.
1 Jan 1921: Deputy Director of Operations and Intelligence
Chief Staff Officer, HQ RAF India.
xx Apr 1927: Supernumerary, ?
Deputy Director of Technical Development.
Director of Technical Development.
Commandant, Air Defence Cadet Corps
AOA, HQ Balloon Command.
Commandant, Air Training Corps.
xxx 1943: Inspector of the ATC.
xx xxx xxxx: Executive-Controller of the Air League of the British Empire
The son of Major General F E A Chamier, he saw service in Somaliland in 1904. He gained RAeC Certificate No 340 on 22 October 1912.
Retiring from the RAF
at his own request, he joined Vickers Supermarine as Technical Director
until 1932. He was also a member
the Air League of the British Empire and became the Commandant of The Air
Defence Cadet Corps, formed by the League in 1938.
As the need for trained aircrew escalated, the Government began to see
the wisdom of an official organisation on the lines of the Air Defence Cadet
Corps and took the decision to establish the Air Training Corps on 5 February
1941. The obvious choice as
Commandant for this new organisation was John Chamier.
He quickly established the structure of the ATC on the firm foundations
of the ADCC, gaining the sobriquet 'Father of the ATC', for
which he was awarded his Knighthood.
was awarded his Knighthood.
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