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b: 18 May 1875
r: 31 Dec 1931
d: 15 Apr 1934
- 1 Jan 1919, DSO - 1 Oct 1917,
MiD - 28 Nov 1917.
xx xxx 1891,
Act Sub-Lt: xx xxx xxxx,
14 Mar 1895, Lt:
1 Oct 1897, Cdr:
30 Jun 1909, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1914, Act
Capt: 14 Jul 1914, Wg Capt: 31
- (T) Brig-Gen (Col): 1 Apr 1918, Col: 1 Apr 1918, Act
Brig-Gen: 1 May 1919, A/Cdre: 1
Aug 1919, AVM: 1 Jan 1924.
xxx xxxx: Attended Britannia
xxx 1891: Midshipman, Royal
xx xxx xxxx:
Lieutenant, HMS King Edward VII (Flag
Ship, Channel Fleet - 1908)
HMS King Edward VII (Flag Ship, Channel Fleet - 1908)
22 Jan 1910: Attended Army Staff
College, Camberley. (Commander)
Apr 1913: Attended
Central Flying School.
xxx 1913: Executive
Officer, HMS Hermes. (Seaplane
23 Dec 1913: Inspecting Commander of Aircraft.
14 Jul 1914: Inspecting Captain of Aircraft. (Temporary)
Feb 1915: Inspecting
Captain of Air Stations, Director of the Air Department
xx Sep 1915: Inspecting Captain of Air Training.
Feb 1916: Officer
Commanding, RNAS Units, Eastern Mediterranean.
Dec 1917: Director of the
Air Division, Naval Staff.
Apr 1918: Director, Air Division, Admiralty.
Director, Air Division, Admiralty.
May 1919: GOC, No 12 Group 1
Aug 1919: Awarded Permanent Commission as a Colonel
1 May 1919: GOC, No 12 Group
1 Aug 1919: Awarded Permanent Commission as a Colonel
Dec 1919: AOC, RAF Halton.
Jan 1920: Removed from the Navy Lists on being awarded
Permanent Commission in RAF
1 Mar - 1 Sep 1924: Placed on half pay list.
Sep 1924: AOC, Coastal
26 May 1928: AOC in C (Temporary), Air Defence of Great Britain.
Jan 1929: AOC,
Oct 1929: AOC, RAF Middle
Sep 1931: Supernumerary,
He gained RAeC Certificate No 468 on 23 April 1913. As Inspecting Commander/Captain of Aircraft he was responsible to the C in C for admin and discipline matters and to the Air Department of the Admiralty for air technical matters. He was awarded his DSO for leading a bombing raid whilst completely unarmed. He once stepped smartly from the deck of a carrier following a tour of inspection, straight into the sea. One of his sons also joined the RAF and rose to AVM, being killed in an air crash in 1945.
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