Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation


Home Page

Main Menu

Quick Menu

Members' Area

What New?

About this site

Reunions

Help Needed?

Glossary

Bibliography

Sign Guest Book

View Guest Book

Link to Amazon

Online Store

Contact Me


School of Balloon Training Personnel and locations


[Apr 1920 | May 1920 | Jun 1920 | Jul 1920 | Jul 1921 | Jul 1922 | Jul 1923 | Jan 1924 | May 1924 | Jan 1925 | Feb 1925 | Mar 1925 | Apr 1925 | May 1925 | Jun 1925 | Jul 1925 | Mar 1926 | Jul 1926 | Dec 1926 | Jul 1927 | Jul 1928 | Sep 1928 | Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Jul 1931]

This school was formed at Rollestone Camp, Larkhill on 16 Mar 1920 by redesignating No 1 Balloon Training School

April 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Branch Notes
Flt Lt Edmund R Tempest A Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Fg Off James Baxter KB  
Fg Off Hubert J De Waal Ad  
Fg Off Maurice H Steff KB  
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison KB  
Fg Off Henry R Powell Stores  

Source - Apr 1920 Air Force List

May 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Flt Lt Edmund R Tempest A 23 Dec 1919 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Fg Off James Baxter KB    
Fg Off Hubert J De Waal Ad 24 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Maurice H Steff KB 15 Jan 1920  
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison KB 25 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Henry R Powell Stores 19 Jan 1920  
Plt Off Arthur A Barnes KB 24 Apr 1920  

Source - May 1920 Air Force List

June 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Flt Lt Ronald S Smith KB  1 May 1920 Officer Commanding
Fg Off James Baxter KB  2 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Hubert J De Waal Ad 24 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Maurice H Steff KB 15 Jan 1920  
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison KB 25 Mar 1920  
Plt Off Arthur A Barnes KB 24 Apr 1920  

Source - June 1920 Air Force List

July 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Flt Lt Ronald S Smith KB  1 May 1920 Officer Commanding
Fg Off James Baxter KB  2 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Hubert J De Waal Ad 24 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Maurice H Steff KB 15 Jan 1920  
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison KB 25 Mar 1920  
Plt Off Arthur A Barnes KB 24 Apr 1920  

Source - July 1920 Air Force List

July 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Flt Lt Ronald S Smith KB  1 May 1920 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Arthur A Barnes KB  3 May 1920  
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison KB 25 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Maurice H Steff KB 16 Mar 1920  
Obs Off John Mitchell O  1 Apr 1921 DSO, DFC
Stores Officers
Fg Off Charles St J Vaughan   15 Feb 1921  
Fg Off Harry G Bushell Acct 25 Apr 1921  
Chaplain
Rev Matthew J Dunne   23 Oct 1920 MC, relative rank of Sqn Ldr
UNDER INSTRUCTION
Obs Off Robert Hamilton O 27 Nov 1920 MC
Obs Off Richard S Greenslade O 27 Nov 1920  
Obs Off Eric M Greenwood O 10 Dec 1920  
Obs Off Charles H F Nesbit O 27 Nov 1920  
Obs Off John S F Watson O 27 Nov 1920  
Obs Off William McGowan O 24 Feb 1921  
Obs Off Bernard J Paget O 27 Nov 1920  
Obs Off Clement G Boothroyd O 27 Nov 1920 DFC
Obs Off Douglas H Murray O 27 Nov 1920  
Obs Off Joe Davison O 27 Nov 1920  
Obs Off Arthur L Willcox O 27 Nov 1920  
Obs Off Lionel W Beck O 27 Nov 1920  
Obs Off Edwin Cuthbert O 27 Nov 1920  

Source - July 1921 Air Force List

Branches: A = Aeroplane, A & S = Aeroplane and Seaplane, Acct = Accountant, Ad = Administrative, S = Seaplane, SO = Staff Officer, T = Technical.

July 1922

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Ronald S Smith  1 May 1920 Officer Commanding
Obs Off Robert Hamilton 27 Nov 1920 MC
Obs Off Eric M Greenwood 10 Dec 1920  
Obs Off Arthur L Willcox 27 Nov 1920  
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison 25 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Maurice H Steff 16 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Richard M Thomas 27 Jul 1921  
Obs Off Joe Davison 27 Nov 1920  
Obs Off John Mitchell  1 Apr 1921 DSO, DFC
Stores Officers
Fg Off John R Bond  4 Feb 1922  

Source - July 1922 Air Force List

July 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Ronald S Sugden 11 Aug 1922 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison 25 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Maurice H Steff 16 Mar 1920  
Obs Off Joe Davison 27 Nov 1920  
Fg/Obs Off Guy P W Chandler  5 Feb 1923  
Stores Branch - Accountants
Fg Off John R Bond  4 Feb 1922  
Fg Off John J T Rose 15 May 1923  

Source - July 1923 Air Force List

January 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Ronald S Sugden 11 Aug 1922 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison 25 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Maurice H Steff 16 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Richard M Thomas 19 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Joe Davison 18 Apr 1922  
Obs Off John Mitchell   1 Apr 1921 DSO, DFC
Stores Branch - Accountants
Fg Off John J T Rose 15 May 1923  

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Ronald S Sugden 11 Aug 1922 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison 25 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Maurice H Steff 16 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Richard M Thomas 19 Sep 1923  
Obs Off John Mitchell   1 Apr 1921 DSO, DFC
Stores Branch
Fg Off Joe Davison 18 Apr 1922  
Stores Branch - Accountants
Fg Off John J T Rose 15 May 1923  
Fg Off Cyril G Bull 11 Apr 1924  
UNDER INSTRUCTION
Fg Off Edward J Protheroe 14 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Lawrence P Hirsh 14 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Horace S C Bassett 14 Jan 1924  
Plt Off Henry C E C P Dalrymple 14 Jan 1924  

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

January 1925

Source - January 1925 Air Force List

February 1925

Source - February 1925 Air Force List

March 1925

Source - March 1925 Air Force List

April 1925

Source - April 1925 Air Force List

May 1925

Source - May 1925 Air Force List

June 1925

Source - June 1925 Air Force List

July 1925

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

Archibald H Wann

11 Nov 1924 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison 25 Mar 1920  
Fg/Obs Off Edward J Protheroe 14 Jan 1924  
Fg/Obs Off Lawrence P Hirsh 14 Jan 1924  
Plt Off Patrick E Nicholl 13 Oct 1924  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Joe Davison 18 Apr 1922  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off John C Brice  6 Feb 1925  
Education Officer
Maj Frank C W Taylor   Grade IV, also at the School of Army Co-operation

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

Archibald H Wann

11 Nov 1924 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Fg/Obs Off Edward J Protheroe 14 Jan 1924  
Fg/Obs Off John Evason 31 Aug 1925  
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison 25 Mar 1920  
Fg/Obs Off Lawrence P Hirsh 14 Jan 1924  
Plt Off Patrick E Nicholl 13 Oct 1924  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Edward A Slater  1 Oct 1925  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Alfred C Pritchard 23 Nov 1925  
Education Officer
Maj Frank C W Taylor   Grade IV, also at the School of Army Co-operation

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Herbert C Irwin 23 Apr 1926 Officer Commanding, AFC
Fg/Obs Off John Evason 31 Aug 1925  
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison 25 Mar 1920  
Fg/Obs Off Lawrence P Hirsh 14 Jan 1924  
Plt Off Patrick E Nicholl 13 Oct 1924  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Edward A Slater  1 Oct 1925  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Alfred C Pritchard 23 Nov 1925  
Education Officer
Capt Arthur E Freeland   Grade IV, MICE(I), FSI also at the School of Army  Co-operation

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Herbert C Irwin 23 Apr 1926 Officer Commanding, AFC
Fg Off John Evason 31 Aug 1925  
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison 25 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Lawrence P Hirsh 14 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Patrick E Nicholl 13 Oct 1924  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Percy J Mote 11 Aug 1926  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Alfred C Pritchard 23 Nov 1925  
Education Officer
Capt Arthur E Freeland   Grade IV, MICE(I), FSI also at the School of Army  Co-operation

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Herbert C Irwin 23 Apr 1926 Officer Commanding, AFC
Fg Off John Evason 31 Aug 1925  
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison 25 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Lawrence P Hirsh 14 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Patrick E Nicholl 13 Oct 1924  
Stores Branch
Fg Off

Edward A Burridge

23 Nov 1926 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Arthur E Fairs 19 Aug 1926 MC
Education Officer
Capt Arthur E Freeland  1 May 1926 Grade IV, MICE(I), FSI also at the School of Army  Co-operation
UNDER INSTRUCTION
Plt Off Joseph H Leach 23 May 1927  

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edward F Turner 24 Jan 1928 Officer Commanding, AFC
Fg Off John Evason 31 Aug 1925  
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison 25 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Lawrence P Hirsh 14 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Patrick E Nicholl 13 Oct 1924  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Philip H Wilcox 21 Feb 1928  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Arthur E Fairs 19 Aug 1926 MC
Education Officer
Capt Arthur E Freeland  1 May 1926 Grade IV, MICE(I), FSI also at the School of Army  Co-operation
UNDER INSTRUCTION
Plt Off Joseph H Leach 23 May 1927  

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edward F Turner 24 Jan 1928 Officer Commanding, AFC
Fg Off John Evason 31 Aug 1925  
Fg Off Cecil W Harrison 25 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Lawrence P Hirsh 14 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Patrick E Nicholl 13 Oct 1924  
Fg Off Joseph H Leach 21 Feb 1928  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Philip H Wilcox 21 Feb 1928  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Arthur E Fairs 19 Aug 1926 MC
Education Officer
Capt Arthur E Freeland  1 May 1926 Grade IV, MICE(I), FSI also at the School of Army  Co-operation

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Cecil W Harrison 25 Mar 1920 Officer Commanding
Fg Off John Evason 31 Aug 1925  
Fg Off Joseph H Leach 23 May 1927  
Stores Branch
Fg Off John S French 12 Nov 1928  
Education Officer
Maj Edward W French  1 Jan 1929 Grade IV, MC, R of O also at the School of Army Co-operation
UNDER INSTRUCTION
Plt Off Arthur J P Groom 15 May 1929  
Plt Off Collin C C Manson 14 Mar 1929  
Plt Off Cyril Ray 19 Mar 1929  

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Vivian Gaskell-Blackburn 21 Nov 1929 Officer Commanding, DSC, AFC
Fg Off John Evason 31 Aug 1925  
Fg Off Joseph H Leach 23 May 1927  
Fg Off Arthur J P Groom 15 May 1929  
Fg Off Collin C C Manson 14 Mar 1929  
Fg Off Cyril Ray 19 Mar 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Maurice L Jones 29 Jul 1929  
Education Officer
Maj Edward W French  1 Jan 1929 Grade IV, MC, R of O also at the School of Army Co-operation

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Nil Rollestone Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire Inland Area/No22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Cedric F Gordon 12 Mar 1931 Officer Commanding, OBE, MC, DFC
Fg Off Fred Miller  1 Nov 130 DSM
Fg Off Frederick B Taylor 13 May 1931  
Fg Off Collin C C Manson 14 Mar 1929  
Fg Off Cyril Ray 19 Mar 1929  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Arthur E Haes 14 Apr 1931  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Maurice L Jones 29 Jul 1929  
Education Officer
Maj Edward W French  1 Jan 1929 Act Grade III, MC, R of O also at the School of Army Co-operation

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

The School was redesignated the RAF Balloon Centre on 3 November 1931 and ceased being classed as a school.

[Apr 1920 | May 1920 | Jun 1920 | Jul 1920 | Jul 1921 | Jul 1922 | Jul 1923 | Jan 1924 | May 1924 | Jan 1925 | Feb 1925 | Mar 1925 | Apr 1925 | May 1925 | Jun 1925 | Jul 1925 | Mar 1926 | Jul 1926 | Dec 1926 | Jul 1927 | Jul 1928 | Sep 1928 | Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Jul 1931]

This page was last updated on 14/01/18

         [Top of Page]