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Duncan le Geyt
b: 31 Aug 1877
r: 12 Apr 1929
d: 1 Sep 1944
CMG - 1 Jan 1918, CBE -
1919, DSO – 11
MiD - 31 Dec 1918,
- 11 Jul 1919, SMSL, O - xx xxx 1917,
LoH, O - 22
Aug 1917. Humane
Society Bronze Medal – 1903.
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- 2 Lt:
16 Feb 1898, Lt: 10
Jan 1900, Capt: 16 Feb 1907, (T)
Maj 22 Jan 1915, (T)
Lt Col: 6 Mar 1915, Maj:
1915, (T) Brig-Gen: 1 Apr 1916.
(B) Lt Col: 1 Jan 1917.
(B) Lt Col: 1 Jan 1917.
(RAF): - (T) Brig-Gen [Lt Col]: 1 Apr 1918, Col: 1 Apr 1918, Gp Capt:
1 Aug 1919, A/Cdre: 5 Aug 1919.
Attended RMC Sandhurst.
16 Feb 1898:
Officer, 24th Regiment (South Wales Borderers).
16 Oct 1901:
Officer, 11th Rajputs.
39th Prince of Wale's Own Central Horse.
Adjutant, 39th Prince of Wale's Own Central Horse.
PA to Agent in Central India.
Tutor to Maharajah of Holkar.
xxx 1910: Assistant Inspector, Imperial Service Troops, Central India.
xxx 1911: Served with
39th King George's Own Central Horse in Central Persia.
xxx 1913: U/T Pilot, Central Flying School.
xx xxx 1913: Attached to Central Flying School.
Sep 1914: Attached to No 4 Sqn RFC.
xx xxx xxxx: Officer i/c Transport, Central Flying School (graded as Flight Commander)
5 Jan 1915: Instructor, Central Flying School.
22 Jan 1915: Squadron Commander, Central Flying School
Mar 1915: Assistant Commandant, Central Flying School.
15 Nov 1915: Wing Commander, RFC.
Dec 1915: Commandant, Central Flying School.
1 Feb 1916: ?
Apr 1916: Brigadier-General
Commanding, I Brigade.
8 Feb 1917: Controller, Technical Department, 2nd Air Board
27 Dec 1917:
Commanding, 1st Brigade.
Brigadier-General Commanding, 1st Brigade.
14 Apr 1919: Deputy Director, Department of the Inspector-General of the RAF
1 Aug 1919: Awarded Permanent Commission as a Colonel
Deputy Director of Equipment.
Deputy Director of Equipment/Controller of Technical Design to the Air
Director of Equipment.
AOC, No 7 Group.
AOC, No 22 Group.
Having learnt to fly in 1911 and gained RAeC Certificate No 125 on 29 Auguct, he was one of the first Indian Army officers sent to England in 1913 to undertake military flying training, following which he remained at the CFS to acquire the knowledge and experience needed to sent up a similar establishment back in India. However, the outbreak of WW1 put a halt to these plans and he remained in Britain. Returning to CFS as Assistant Commandant in early 1915 , he was selected as the replacement for Captain Godfrey Paine RN, the Commandant, when he returned to naval duties. Retired at his own request.
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