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Air Marshal Sir Maurice Heath (26108)

Sir Maurice Lionel HeathMaurice Lionel                        b: 12 Aug 1909                        r: 17 Jul 1965                        d: 9 Jul 1998

KBE 2 Jun 1962 (OBE - 1 Jan 1946), CB 1 Jan 1957, CVO - 1978, MiD - 14 Jun 1945, DL (West Sussex) - 28 Feb 1977.

Plt Off: 27 Jul 1929, Fg Off: 27 Jan 1931, Flt Lt: 27 Jan 1935, Sqn Ldr: 1 Apr 1938, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Sep 1940, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Sep 1942,  Wg Cdr (WS): 1 Mar 1943, Wg Cdr: 1 Dec 1944, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1947, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1953, Act AVM: 15 Aug 1955, AVM: 1 Jan 1956, Act AM: 2 Apr 1962, AM: 1 Jan 1963.

Sir Maurice Lionel Heath

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1956
NPG x168238

National Portrait Gallery, London

 1 Sep 1927:                Flight Cadet, 'A' Sqn, RAF College.

27 Jul 1929:                 Pilot, No 16 Sqn.

21 Jan 1930:                Pilot, No 28 Sqn.

27 Feb 1933- 31 Jan 1934:               Attended No 11 Squadron Armament Course, Air Armament School

26 Feb 1934:               Armament Officer, RAF Boscombe Down.

31 Oct 1935:               Armament Officer, No 11 FTS

1 Jan 1937:                 Armament Instructor, No 1 Air Armament School.

1 Apr 1938:                Officer Commanding, 'A' Sqn, No 1 Air Armament School.

11 Oct 1939:               Armament Staff Officer, Directorate of Training.

10 Nov 1940:              Staff Officer, T Arm 2, Deputy Directorate of Armament Training.

xx xxx 1941:                Armament Training Staff Officer, No 1 Training Command RCAF

 1 Nov 1941:               Chief Instructor, No 1 Air Armament School.

23 Dec 1942               Officer Commanding, RAF Barrow-in-Furness

 6 Sep 1944:                Officer Commanding, RAF Metheringham.

 2- 4 Nov 1944:          Detached to Chatham House, London for Course in International Affairs

28 Jun 1945:                Officer Commanding, RAF Woodhall Spa

xx Jul 1945:                 Supernumerary, HQ No 54 Base

 2 Aug 1945:               No 9 PDC pending posting overseas

 9 Aug 1945:                Attended Course No 15, RAF Staff College (Overseas), Haifa.

10 Mar 1946:              Deputy to Director-General of Armament.

xx xxx 1948:                Officer Commanding, Central Gunnery School.

xx xxx 1948:                Acting AOC and Commandant, Empire Air Armament School

 1 Nov 1949:               Senior Air Liaison Officer, New Zealand.

xx xxx 1952:                Officer Commanding, Bomber Command Bombing School.

xx Jan 1954:                Attended Imperial Defence College.

22 Dec 1954:               Director-General of Personnel (II)/Deputy Air Secretary.

30 Sep 1957:               Commander, British Forces Arabian Peninsula.

 1 Dec 1959:                Commandant, RAF Staff College.

 2 Apr 1962:                Chief of Staff, HQ AAFCE.

Born in India where his father was an artist and Principal of the Mayo School of Art in Lahore, he was educated in England at Sutton Valance School before entering the RAF College at Cranwell in 1927, which he represented at Fencing.  He first posting was to No 16 Sqn at Old Sarum, which was still equipped with the Bristol F2B of WW1 vintage.  This was followed by a move to India (No 28 Sqn) and once again he found himself flying the Bristol F2B, however, it was not long before replacements in the form of Westland Wapiti's arrived.  Returning to Britain he attended the Specialist Armament Course and from then most of his career was spent engaged in armament duties.

In 1966, he became a Gentleman Usher to the Queen and an Extra Gentleman Usher in 1979.  He has also held a number of  positions in both the business and voluntary sectors, including Chief Honorary Steward of Westminster Abbey, Appeal Director/Consultant, Voluntary Restoration Trust, King's College Hospital and Medical School as well as being appointed Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex in 1977.

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