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Air Commodore F H Sims (21002)


Francis Henry               b:  10 Jun 1890                      r: 17 Apr 1946                            d: 1 Mar 1970

CBE 1 Jan 1943, LoM (Cdr) 26 Mar 1946

 For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here 

(Army): - (T) 2Lt: 11 Jun 1915, (T) Lt: 16 Nov 1915?, (T) Capt: 1 19 Jun 1916.

(RAF): - Lt: 1 Apr 1918, Act Capt: 1 May 1919, Fg Off: 1 Aug 1919, Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1921, Sqn Ldr: 1 Oct 1932, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1938, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Sep 1940, Act A/Cdre: 23 Apr 1942, Gp Capt (WS): 23 Oct 1942,  Gp Capt: 1 Dec 1944, A/Cdre: Retained.

11 Jun 1915:               Officer, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

 1 19 Jun 1916:        Company Commander, The Royal Fusiliers

26 Feb 1917:               Transferred to the Training Reserve.

14 Dec 1917:               Reverted to The Royal Fusiliers

 1 Apr 1918:                Relinquished his commission in the Royal Fusiliers.

 1 May 1919:               Admin Duties (Police), RAF HQ Halton

24 Oct 1919:                Appointed to a Short Service Commission in the rank of Flying Officer (Administrative Branch).

 1 Dec 1919:                Admin Duties (CMO), RAF HQ Halton.

19 May 1924:              Transferred to Stores Branch.

 4 Mar 1925:                Appointed to a Permanent Commission.

 1 Apr 1925:                Stores Officer, RAF Andover.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

15 Jan 1927:                Stores Officer, Central Supply Depot, Iraq.

21 Dec 1927:               Stores Officer, RAF Hinaidi.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

10 Sep 1928:               Stores Staff Officer, HQ Inland Area.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

27 Jan 1929:                Stores Staff Officer, HQ Inland Area.

 1 Nov 1932:                Stores Officer, Home Aircraft Depot.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

25 Oct 1935:                Stores Officer, HQ British Forces in Iraq.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

 3 Nov 1937:               Assistant Director?, Deputy Directorate of Equipment (General)/(3).

 2 Nov 1939:                Deputy Director of Equipment (9)

xx xxx xxxx:                  Deputy Director of Movements

23 Apr 1942:               Director of Movements.

He was born in Warminster, Wiltshire and died in Burford Oxfordshire.  He may have learnt to fly in WW1 as he is shown wearing 'Wings' in the above photo but attendance at Flying Training School, after WW1 is not evident.

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