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  Air Commodore P L W Herbert


P W L Herbert - 1912Philip Lee William           b: 31 Oct 1882                 r: 3 Dec 1929                        d: 26 Nov 1936

CMG - 1 Jan 1919, CBE - 3 Jun 1919, SA3S - xx xxx 1917, R, GC - 5 Apr 1919, N3 - 15 Jul 1919.

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

(Army): - 2 Lt:  4 Oct 1902/29 Jul 1903, Lt: 16 Feb 1907, Capt: 21 Jan 1913, Act Maj: 10 Jan 1915?, (T) Maj: 28 Mar 1915, (T) Lt Col:  1 Feb 1916, (B) Maj: 1 Jan 1917, (T) Col: 1 Jan 1917, (T) Brig-Gen:  22 Jun 1917 - 17 Oct 1917, (T) Col: 1 Nov 1917, (T) Brig-Gen: 14 Dec 1917

(RAF): - (T) Brig-Gen [Lt Col]: 1 Apr 1918,  Col: xx xxx xxxx, Act Brig-Gen: 1 May 1919-18 Jun 1919, Wg Cdr: 1 Aug 1919, Gp Capt: 8 Aug 1919, (H) A/Cdre: Retained.

 4 Oct 1902:            Officer (Extra Supernumerary), 4th (Cambridge University) Volunteer Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment,

29 July 1903:          Officer, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment

16 Feb 1907:           Officer, Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment.

xx Jul 1912:              Attached (on probation) to RFC.

25 Oct 1912:            Flying Officer, No 2 Sqn RFC

30 May 1913:          Flight Commander,  No 3 Sqn RFC.

13 Aug 1914:           Embarked for France (with 3 Sqn)

23 Sep - 7 Oct 1914:           Admitted to hospital

15 Nov 1914:           Returned to UK

10 Jan 1915:            Officer Commanding, No 13 Sqn RFC.

13 Oct 1915:            Embarked for France (with 13 Sqn)

29 Jan 1916:            Attached, 10th (Army) Wing RFC.

 1 Feb 1916:            Officer Commanding, 10th (Army) Wing RFC.  

 1 Jan 1917:             Officer Commanding, Northern Group Command.

22 Jun 1917:            Appointed Brigade Commander

 5 Aug 1917:            Brigadier-General Commanding, Northern Training Brigade

20 Oct - 1 Nov 1917:            In transit from Folkestone to Alexandria

 1 Nov 1917:           Officer Commanding, Training Group (Egypt)

28 Jan 1918:           Brigadier-General Commanding, Training Brigade (Middle East)

30 Jan - 14 Jun 1919:           Temporary GOC, Middle East Area.

18 Jun 1919:            Embarked for return to UK, followed by two months leave

18 Jun 1919:            Transferred to Aeroplane Branch from Staff Officer Branch.

28 Jul 1919:            Posted to Home Establishment

 1 Aug 1919:           Resigned his commission in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment on appointment to a Permanent Commission in the RAF.

 1 Aug 1919:             Awarded Permanent Commission as a Lieutenant Colonel

 1 Aug 1919:            Gp Capt: - Administration, HQ South Eastern Area.

xx xxx xxxx:              Gp Capt: - Administration, HQ Southern Area.

 1 Apr 1920:             Gp Capt: - Operations Organisation and Training/Chief Staff Officer, HQ Inland Area.

22 Feb 1922:             Deputy Director of Training.

xx Mar1922:              Deputy Director of Training and Organisation.

xx Aug/Sep1922:       Deputy Director of Training and Staff Duties.

xx Aug/Sep 1923:      Deputy Director of Training

31 Dec 1924:            Officer Commanding, No 1 Group.

 1 Apr 1926:             Officer Commanding, No 21 Group.

25 Aug 1926:            Chief Staff Officer, HQ Fighting Area.

 1 Oct 1928:              Air Staff, HQ Fighting Area.

25 Aug 1929:             Placed on Half-Pay List scale A

One of the earliest members of the RFC, having obtained his RAeC Certificate (No 244) on 16 July 1912, he was amongst the first contingent of aircraft and pilots to travel to France as part of the BEF in August 1914.

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