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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:  15 Dec 1895, 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

15 Jul 1893:         Attended HMS Britannia

20 Aug 1895:       Naval Cadet, HMS Empress of India

12 Dec 1895:       Cadet/Midshipman, HMS Magnificent

15 Sep 1896:       Midshipman, HMS Talbot

15 Nov 1898:      Sub-Lieutenant, HMS Raleigh

11 Jul 1899:        Sub-Lieutenant, HMS Majestic

2 Jul 1900:          Sub-Lieutenant, HMS Leopold.

15 Oct 1900:       Sub-Lieutenant, HMS Terrible

 1 Oct 1901:        Lieutenant, HMS Terrible

24 Oct 1902:       Lieutenant, HMS Impregnable

24 Mar 1903:      HMS Victory for Signals School

1 Mar 1904:        HMS Hermes for Signals School

 9 May 1904:       Flag Lieutenant to R-Adm Barlow, HMS Royal Oak

 6 Dec 1905:        Flag Lieutenant to V-Adm Sir A W Moore, HMS King Alfred

25 Mar 1908:       HMS Victory whilst Instructor, RN Signals School

29 Nov 1910:       Flag Lieutenant to R-Adm Sir G J S Warrander, HMS Shannon (Temporary)

xx Jan 1911:        HMS Exmouth for signals duties on Staff of Adm Sir Edmund P?

17 Apr 1912:        HMS Victory for Special Service

 1 Aug 1912:        Officer Commanding, RN Signal School

29 Jul 1914:         HMS St George whilst commanding HMS Eden

21 Sep 1914:        HMS St George (Temporary)

31 Dec 1914:        HMS St George for duty on Staff of Admiral of Patrols

3 Nov 1915:         HMS Victory whilst reporting to Admiralty

 9 Nov 1915:         HMS Victory for service with the RNAS

11 Nov 1915:        Officer in command of Air Stations under C-in-C Nore

xx xxx xxxx (Oct 1916)        HMS President on Special Service

17 Jun 1917:         Senior Air Officer, Staff of C-in-C Nore

28 Sep 1917:        Officer Commanding, Westgate and Manston Air Stations.

 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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