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b: 12 Aug 1909
r: 17 Jul 1965
d: 9 Jul 1998
KBE – 2 Jun 1962 (OBE - 1 Jan 1946), CB – 1 Jan 1957, CVO - 1978, MiD - 14 Jun 1945, DL (West Sussex) - 28 Feb 1977.
Off: 27 Jul 1929, Fg
Off: 27 Jan 1931, Flt Lt: 27
Jan 1935, Sqn Ldr: 1 Apr 1938, (T)
Wg Cdr: 1 Sep 1940, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Sep 1942, Wg Cdr
(WS): 1 Mar
Cdr: 1 Dec 1944, Gp
Capt: 1 Jul 1947, A/Cdre: 1 Jul
1953, Act AVM: 15 Aug 1955,
AVM: 1 Jan 1956, Act AM: 2 Apr 1962, AM:
1 Jan 1963.
Flight Cadet, 'A' Sqn, RAF College.
Pilot, No 16 Sqn.
Pilot, No 28 Sqn.
Attended Specialist Armament Course, Air Armament School.
Armament Officer, RAF Boscombe Down.
Armament Officer, No 11 FTS
Armament Instructor, No 1 Air Armament School.
Armament Staff Officer, Directorate of Training.
Staff, Deputy Directorate of Armament Training.
Chief Instructor, No 1 Air Armament School.
Officer Commanding, RAF Metheringham.
9 Aug 1945:
Attended Course No 15, RAF Staff College (Overseas), Haifa.
Deputy to Director-General of Armament.
Officer Commanding, Central Gunnery School.
UK Services Liaison Staff, New Zealand.
Officer Commanding, Bomber Command Bombing School.
Attended Imperial Defence College.
Director-General of Personnel (II)/Deputy Air Secretary.
Commander, British Forces Arabian Peninsula.
Commandant, RAF Staff College.
Chief of Staff, HQ AAFCE.
in India where his father was an artist and Principal of the Mayo School of Art
in Lahore, he was educated in England at Sutton Valance School before entering
the RAF College at Cranwell in 1927, which he representted at Fencing.
He first posting was to No 16 Sqn at Old Sarum, which was still equipped
with the Bristol F2B of WW1 vintage. This
was followed by a move to India (No 28 Sqn) and once again he found himself
flying the Bristol F2B, however, it was not long before replacements in the form
of Westland Wapiti's arrived. Returning
to Britain he attended the Specialist Armament Course and from then most of his
career was spent engaged in armament duties.
1966, he became a Gentleman Usher to the Queen and an Extra Gentleman Usher in
1979. He has also held a number of
positions in both the business and voluntary sectors, including Chief
Honorary Steward of Westminster Abbey, Appeal Director/Consultant, Voluntary
Restoration Trust, King's College Hospital and Medical School as well as being
appointed Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex in 1977.
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