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Air Commodore Sir Henry Smyth-Osbourne

Henry Percy                 b: 28 Jan 1879             r: 12 Nov 1924            d: 28 Mar 1969

Kt - 1 Jan 1959, CMG - 3 Jun 1919, CBE - 14 Jun 1945, MiD - 1 May 1918, DL (Devon) - 14 May 1930, JP - 1929.

(RN): - Midín:  xx xxx 18xx, Sub-Lt: 15 Jun 1899, Lt: 1 Oct 1901, Cdr: 30 Jun 1913,  Wg Cdr: 11 Nov 1915, Wg Capt: 30 Jun 1917.

(RAF): - (T) Brig-Gen [Lt Col]: 1 Apr 1918, Col: 1 Jan 1919, Gp Capt: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Jan 1919], (H)  A/Cdre: 1 Aug 1919?, (H) A/Cdre: Retained.

(RAFO - Class CC): Wg Cdr: 1 Sep 1941

xx xxx xxxx:       Attended Britannia Naval College.

xx xxx xxxx:       Midshipman, HMS Cordlia. (Americas/West Indies)

xx xxx xxxx:       Sub-Lieutenant, HMS Raleigh

xx xxx xxxx:       Flag Lieutenant, Channel Fleet

xx xxx xxxx:       Flag Lieutenant, China Station

xx xxx xxxx:       Flag Lieutenant, Cruiser Squadron

xx xxx xxxx:       Flag Lieutenant, Mediterranean Fleet

25 Mar 1908:       Officer/Instructor, RN Signals School

 1 Aug 1912:        Officer i/c RN Signal School

1915                    Officer in command of Air Stations under C-in-C Nore

xx xxx 1917:        Officer Commanding, RNAS Manston.

 1 Apr 1918:        GOC, 9th Brigade.

 1 May 1919:       Deputy Director of Personnel.

 1 Aug 1919:       Officer Commanding, No 10 Group.

 1 Aug 1919:        Awarded Permanent Commission as a Colonel

22 Jan 1920:        Removed from the Navy Lists on being awarded Permanent Commission in RAF

27 Jul 1921:         Chief Equipment Officer, HQ Inland Area.

xx xxx xxxx:          Air Secretary to Secretary of State for Air. (Churchill)

xx xxx 1938:       Regional Controller, South West England and Wales, ADCC. (Ret'd)

 1 Sep 1941:       Commandant, ATC HQ for the South West. (Ret'd). 

xx xxx xxxx - 11 Mar 1957:    Honorary Air Commodore, No 3512 (County of Devon - Exeter) Fighter Control Unit, RAuxAF

xx xxx xxxx - 11 Mar 1957:    Honorary Air Commodore, No 3513 (County of Devon - Plymouth) Fighter Control Unit, RAuxAF

He retired  due to ill health and was granted the honorary rank of Air Commodore.  He was knighted for  political and public services in Devon.

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