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Cranwell Graduations 1925


The following cadets graduated from the RAF College at Cranwell on 28 July 1925.  The reviewing officer at the graduation parade was Sir Philip Sassoon Bart, CBE, CMG, MP (Under-Secretary of State for Air)

Personal details

College details

RAF Details

Comments

John George Denholm ARMOUR (16164)

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of A Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Sgt.  He also represented the college in Rugby and Soccer.  On graduating he was awarded the R M Groves Memorial Prize.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He retired on 26 May 1933 in the rank of Sqn Ldr.

 

Charles Henry Godwin BREMRIDGE (16165)

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of A Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Under Officer.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He resigned his permanent commission on 19 Sep 1929 in the rank of Fg Off.

 

Leslie William CANNON (16166) CB, CBE

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of A Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.  He also represented the college in Athletics and Soccer.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He retired on 4 Nov 1958 in the rank of AVM.

He was a graduate of the Imperial Defence College and the RAF Staff College.

Terence Howard CARR (16167) DFC, AFC

He entered the RAF College in 1923 and was a member of A Sqn.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He retired on 7 Jan 1949 in the rank of Gp Capt.

 

George Philip CHAMBERLAIN (16168) CB, OBE

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of A Sqn.  He also represented the college in Hockey.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He retired on 1 Jul 1955 in the rank of AVM.

He was a graduate of the Imperial Defence College and the RAF Staff College.

Basil Augustine Checkland DANBURY (16169)

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of B Sqn.  He also represented the college in Athletics and Soccer.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He was dismissed from the service by sentence of a General Court Marshal on 3 Oct 1930 in the rank of Fg Off.

 

James EATON (16170)

He entered the RAF College in 1923 and was a member of B Sqn.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He died in service on 8 Nov 1926 in the rank of Plt Off.

His death was registered at Docking in Norfolk.

Alan David GILLMORE (16171) CB, CBE

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of B Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.  He also represented the college in Cricket, Hockey and Rugby.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He retired on 29 Apr 1959 in the rank of AVM.

He was a graduate of the Imperial Defence College and the RAF Staff College.

Alfred Vavasour HAMMOND (16172) OBE

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of B Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He retired on 21 Jul 1955 in the rank of Gp Capt.

He was a graduate of the RAF Staff College.

Joseph Arthur Patrick HARRISON (16173)

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of A Sqn.  He also represented the college in Rowing.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He retired on 2 Dec 1957 in the rank of Gp Capt.

 

Edmund Gwyn HORDERN (16174)

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of B Sqn.  He also represented the college in Cricket.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He resigned his permanent commission on 15 Jan 1930 in the rank of Fg Off.

 

John Rhys JONES (16175)

see John RHYS-JONES

see John RHYS-JONES

 

John D'Arcy KEARY (16176)

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of A Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He retired on 1 Feb 1948 in the rank of Gp Capt.

 

Richard KELLETT (16177) CBE, DFC, AFC

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of A Sqn.  He also represented the college in Cricket.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He retired on 10 Apr 1947 in the rank of A/Cdre.

 

William Maxwell Cassilis KENNEDY (16178) CBE

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of B Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Sgt.  He also represented the college in Athletics and Hockey.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He retired on 27 Aug 1955 in the rank of Gp Capt.

He died at 44 Hale Road, Farnham in Surrey on 1 Mar 1957.

Brian Wright KNOX (16179)

He entered the RAF College in 1923 and was a member of A Sqn.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925. 

He is not shown in the Cranwell lists, although he is shown as graduating from Cranwell in the London Gazette.  He was a Sqn Ldr by 1939 but is not shown in the 1973 Retired List

Geoffrey Edwyn Gifford LYWOOD (16180)

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of A Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Sgt.  He also represented the college in Rugby.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He retired on 1 Feb 1938 in the rank of Sqn Ldr.  However he was recalled to service on xx xxx xxxx, reverting to the retired list on 14 Oct 1945 in the rank of Gp Capt.

He transferred to the Technical Branch.

Sir Theodore Neuman MCEVOY (16181) KCB, CBE, ADC

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of B Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Under Officer.  On graduating he was awarded the Sword of Honour.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He retired on 19 Nov 1962 in the rank of ACM.

He was a graduate of the Imperial Defence College and the RAF Staff College.

Faulkner Michael Vine MAY (16182)

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of A Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.  He also represented the college in Athletics.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He died in service on 22 May 1942 in the rank of Gp Capt.

He was the OC, No 242 Wing and was flying in Liberator, AL511 of No 108 Sqn, which was shot down by a night fighter during a raid on Tripoli on 3/4 May 1942, captured he died from wounds or injuries sustained.  He is buried in Benghazi War Cemetery.

Sir Hubert Leonard PATCH (16183) KCB, CBE

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of A Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.  He also represented the college in Cricket, Hockey and Rugby.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He retired on 29 May 1961 in the rank of ACM.

He was a graduate of the Imperial Defence College.

John RHYS JONES (16175)

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of B Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.  He also represented the college in Fencing and Rugby.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He retired on 1 Oct 1951 in the rank of A/Cdre.

 

Harry Hugh Vivian TRISTEM (16184)

He entered the RAF College in 1923 and was a member of B Sqn.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He was killed in a flying accident on 26 Feb 1936 in the rank of Flt Lt.

He was killed whilst flying Vincent, K4131 of No 8 Sqn when he overshot on landing at Bir Uzia landing ground and overturned after running into a gully.  His crewman, AC1 A J Clapham was also killed in the accident, whilst the third crewman, LAC John Buchan Tainsh was uninjured.  He is buried in Maala Cemetery.

Ronald Christopher WILSON (16185)

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of B Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He retired on 15 May 1952 in the rank of Gp Capt.

 

Thomas Eric WORSLEY ()

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of B Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.  He also represented the college in Athletics and Soccer.

He was commissioned on 30 Jul 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 1 Sep 1925.  He was cashiered by order of a General Court Marshal on 23 Sep 1930 in the rank of Fg Off.

 

Frederick PRIESTMAN ()

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of A Sqn.  He also represented the college in Rowing.

He was commissioned on 30 Sep 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 20 Oct 1925.  He was killed in a flying accident on 19 Mar 1927 in the rank of Plt Off.

He was killed whilst flying Horsley, J8012 of No 11 Sqn, which crashed on a cross country flight.

Arnold William Alexander RICKS ()

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of A Sqn.  He also represented the college in Soccer.

He was commissioned on 18 Oct 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 10 Nov 1925.  He was killed in a flying accident on 26 Dec 1928 in the rank of Fg Off.

He was killed in a flying accident south west of Khartoum whilst flying Fairey IIIF, S1206 of No 47 Sqn.   His passengers, Capt. James Charles Doyle of the Aeronautical Inspection Directorate and Sgt C L Long, were also killed.  He is buried in Khartoum War Cemetery.

Roland COATS (16189) CB

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of  Sqn.  He also represented the college in Fencing.  On graduating he was awarded the Abdy Gerrard Fellows Memorial Prize.

He was commissioned on 29 Oct 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 15 Dec 1925.  He retired on 25 Jul 1956 in the rank of A/Cdre.

He was born Egidio Rowlando Costa but enrolled as Roland Costa changing his name by deed.  He was a graduate of the RAF Staff College.

Rowland COSTA (16189)

See Roland Coats

See Roland Coats

See Roland Coats

The following cadets graduated from the RAF College at Cranwell on 15 December 1925.  The reviewing officer at the graduation parade was Air Vice-Marshal Tom I Webb-Bowen CB, CMG.

Personal details

College details

RAF Details

Comments

Lionel Hubert ANNESS (16190/31017) AFC

He entered the RAF College in 1923, was a member of A Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.  He also represented the college in Athletics and Soccer.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He died in service on 14 May 1953 in the rank of Sqn Ldr.

He was serving at RAF Llandow and died in the RAF Hospital at St Athan

Alexander Ronald LESLIE-MELVILLE (16198)

He entered the RAF College in 1923 and was a member of A Sqn.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired due to ill health on 31 Jan 1930 in the rank of Fg Off.

 

Alan Profeit BETT (16191)

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of A Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on 29 Dec 1953 in the rank of A/Cdre.

 

Harry Walpole CHARNOCK (16192/901005/147902) DFC, DFM

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of A Sqn.  He also represented the college in Cricket and Soccer.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He was cashiered by order of a General Court Marshal on 12 Dec 1930 in the rank of Fg Off.  However he re enlisted in the RAFVR on 6 Sep 1939, being re commissioned on 12 Jan 1943, leaving the service on 24 Nov 1945 in the rank of Fg Off.

 

Vickers Osbourne EYRE (16193)

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of B Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Sgt.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He was killed in a flying accident on 27 Jun 1929 in the rank of Fg Off.

He was serving with N 56 Sqn and he died in Redhill Hospital from injuries sustained whilst flying a Siskin which spun into the ground at Hendon during a practice for the RAF Pageant.

Patrick de Courcy FESTING SMITH (16194)

He entered the RAF College in 1924 and was a member of A Sqn.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on 11 Jan 1937 in the rank of Sqn Ldr.  However he was recalled to service on 1 Sep 1939, but died in service on xx xxx xxxx in the rank of Sqn Ldr.

 

Alfred William Beverley HALE (16195)

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of A Sqn.  He also represented the college in Rugby.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He was killed in a flying accident on 3 Apr 1928 in the rank of Fg Off.

He was killed in a flying accident in Hong Kong whilst flying Fairey IIIF, S1216 of No 440 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flt, H.M.S. Hermes, when it bounced on landing on deck and went over the side into the sea.  Also killed were his passengers, Lt. J H P Graham, RN and Tel S Jackson.

Cyril Montague HEARD (16196) CBE

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of A Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.  He also represented the college in Fencing.  On graduating he was awarded the Humanistics Prize.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on 1 May 1956 in the rank of A/Cdre.

He was a graduate of the RAF Staff College.

Arthur Leslie HOLDEN (16197)

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of B Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.  He also represented the college in Athletics, Cricket and Rugby.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He was killed in a flying accident on 16 May 1927 in the rank of Plt Off.

He was severely injured in a flying accident whilst flying Gamecock, J8042 or J8043 of No 32 Sqn at Kenley, which collided with each other in formation.  He died of his injuries later that day.

Patrick William LOWE-HOLMES (16199)

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of B Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.  He also represented the college in Soccer.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on 19 Mar 1953 in the rank of Gp Capt.

 

Sir Walter Hugh MERTON (16200) GBE, KCB

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of A Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Sgt.  He also represented the college in Rugby.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on 29 Aug 1963 in the rank of ACM.

He was a graduate of the RAF Staff College.

Henry William PEARSON-ROGERS (16201) CBE

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of A Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Sgt.  He also represented the college in Rugby.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on 3 Apr 1948 in the rank of Gp Capt.

He was a graduate of the RAF Staff College.

Sir Thomas Geoffrey PIKE (16202) GCB, CBE, DFC and Bar

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of B Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on N/A in the rank of MRAF.

He was a graduate of the Imperial Defence College, the RAF Staff College and the Central Flying School.

Geoffrey Norman PILCHER (16203)

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of A Sqn.  He also represented the college in Rowing.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He was killed in a flying accident on 26 Jul 1930 in the rank of Fg Off.

He was killed whilst flying Fairey IIIF, J9134 of No 8 Sqn, when it crashed at Khormaksar.  He Is buried in Maala Cemetery.

Douglas William Robert RYLEY (16204) CB, CBE

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of B Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Under Officer.  He also represented the college in Athletics, Fencing, Hockey, Rugby and Rowing.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on 2 Jan 1962 in the rank of AVM.

He transferred to the Technical Branch.

Richard Francis SHENTON (16205)

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of A Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on 28 Sep 1953 in the rank of Gp Capt.

 

Harold Frederic George SOUTHEY (16206) CB

He entered the RAF College in 1924 and was a member of A Sqn.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on 11 Aug 1957 in the rank of A/Cdre.

 

Sir Herbert Dorman SPRECKLEY (16207) KBE, CB, MIMechE, FRAeS

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of B Sqn.  He also represented the college in Fencing.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on 1 Mar 1962 in the rank of AM.

He died on 29 Aug 1963.

Patrick Joseph STAPLETON (16208)

He entered the RAF College in 1924 and was a member of B Sqn.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on 1 Apr 1932 in the rank of Fg Off.

 

Edward Blakeway STEEDMAN (16209)

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of B Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Sgt.  He also represented the college in Hockey and Soccer.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He was killed on active service on 17 May 1942 in the rank of Wg Cdr.

He had been serving at the RAF Depot and was shot by the Japanese when he ordered his men not to answer an intelligence gathering questionnaire.  He is buried in Jakarta War Cemetery.

John Beresford Martin WALLIS (16210) OBE

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of B Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl.  He also represented the college in Rugby.  On graduating he was awarded the R M Groves Memorial Prize.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on 29 Jun 1957 in the rank of A/Cdre.

He was a graduate of the RAF Staff College and the Central Flying School.

Ellacott Lyne Stephens WARD (16211) CB, DFC

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of A Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Sgt.  He also represented the college in Soccer.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on 30 Jul 1957 in the rank of A/Cdre.

He was a graduate of the RAF Staff College.

Eric Bingham WEBB (16212)

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of A Sqn and attained the rank of Flt Cdt Under Officer.  He also represented the college in Hockey.  On graduating he was awarded the Sword of Honour.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He was killed in action on 2 Apr 1942 in the rank of Gp Capt.

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington IC, X9814 JN-O of No 150 Sqn, which crashed near Villacoublay on a raid against Poissy.  He is buried in Les Gonards Cemetery, Versailles.

Herbert George WISHER (16213)

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of B Sqn.  He also represented the college in Fencing and Soccer.  On graduating he was awarded the Abdy Gerrard Fellows Memorial Prize.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on 25 Mar 1950 in the rank of Wg Cdr.

 

John Vaughan YONGE (16214)

He entered the RAF College in 1924, was a member of B Sqn.  He also represented the college in Rugby.

He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1925 in the rank of Pilot Officer which was gazetted on 12 Jan 1926.  He retired on 22 Jan 1952 in the rank of Wg Cdr.

 

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