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Brigadier General H D Briggs


H D Briggs - 1915Harold Douglas                  b: 29 Sep 1877                 r: xx xxx 1919                     d: 13 Sep 1944

CMG - 1 Jan 1919, LoH O - 19 Dec 1917, RS3 - 8 Nov 1918.  

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

(RN): - Midín: 18 Mar 1894, Sub-Lt: 15 Sep 1897, Lt: 15 Sep 1899, Cdr: 31 Dec 1911, Wg Cdr: 11 Nov 1915, Act Wg Capt: 23 Feb 1917, Wg Capt: 30 Jun 1917, Capt: 30 Jun 1917

(RAF): - Brig-Gen [Lt Col]: 18 Feb 1918, Col: 18 Feb 1918, Act Brig-Gen:  xx xxx xxxx, 

15 Jan 1892:           Attended HMS Britannia

 1 Feb 1894:           Midshipman, HMS Ramillies

 8 Jan 1897:            Midshipman, Sub Lieutenant, HMS Majestic

 1 Nov 1898:           Officer, HMS Pygmy

xx xxx xxxx:           Lieutenant, Admiral Commanding Coast Guards and Reserves (1908)

14 May 1908:          Gunnery Lieutenant, HMS Fox

15 Feb 1911:           Gunnery Lieutenant, HMS Devonshire

28 Dec 1912:           Commander (Executive Officer), HMS Bellerophon

11 Nov 1915            Officer in  Command of Air Stations under Admiral Commanding, East Coast of England

24 Jan 1916:              Staff, Inspecting Captain of Air Training, RNAS.  

 1 May 1916:             Inspecting Captain of Air Training, RNAS.  

22 Sep 1916:             Officer Commanding, RNAS Vendome

 8 Sep 1917:             Assistant to Director of Air Service, Admiralty.

18 Feb 1918:            Director of Training, Air Ministry. 

 1 Apr 1918:             GOC, RAF Cranwell/No 12 Group.

xx xxx 1918:             GOC, No 9 (Operations) Group.

He gained Royal Aero Club Certificate No 2114 on 26 November 1915.  As Director of Training he was tasked with planning the amalgamation of the RFC's and RNAS's training systems and was moved to Cranwell on 1 April to ensure that the establishment was brought into line with the RAF system.

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