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Air Commodore J S Griffiths (11206)

John Swire                   b: 19 Jun 1894                  r: 29 Dec 1952                            d: 2 Aug 1969

CB 10 Jun 1948, CBE 8 Jun 1944,

TA: 2 Lt: 10 Dec 1914, Lt:  2 Feb 1917 [29 Oct 1916] adjusted to 1 Jun 1916 on 14 Jul 1917, Act Capt: 16 Nov 1917, Capt: 31 May 1918 [29 Apr 1917],

Army: (T) Lt: 21 Sep 1918, (T) Capt: 4 Mar 1921

(RAF): - Fg Off: 5 Mar 1921, Flt Lt: 30 Jun 1922, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1929, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1937, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Sep 1941, Act A/Cdre: 5 Nov 1943, Gp Capt (WS): 5 May 1944 (T) A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1946, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1947.

10 Dec 1914:               Officer, 4th Battalion The Welsh Regiment

 5 Mar 1919:                Relinquished his commission in 4th Battalion, The Welsh Regiment

15 Aug 1919:               Appointed as Station Accountant Officer Class GG

 4 Mar 1921:                Accountant Officer 6th Class, Corps of Military Accountants

5 Mar 1921:                Appointed to a Temporary Commission for Accountant duties.

 5 Mar 1921:                Accountant Officer, Air Pilotage School

18 Jun 1921:                Attended Course of Instruction, No 4 Stores Depot.

13 Aug 1921:               Accountant Officer, School of Technical Training (Men)

26 Feb 1923:               Accountant Officer, No 1 Flying Training School

 1 May 1927:               Accountant Officer, RAF Base and Stores Depot - Iraq

 6 Apr 1928:                Accountant Officer, RAF Hinaidi

 9 Sep 1929:                Senior Accounts Officer, RAF Training Base Leuchars

17 Oct 1933:               Senior Accountant Officer, RAF Upper Heyford

18 Mar 1936:              Command Accountant, British Forces in Aden

30 May 1938:              Senior Accountant Officer, RAF Halton

 1 Dec 1940:                Command Accountant, HQ Army Co-operation Command.

10 Apr 1942:               Command Accountant, HQ Air Forces in India

16 Nov 1943:               Command Accountant, HQ ACSEA

16 Jun 1945:                Command Accountant, HQ Technical Training Command

 1 Sep 1948:                Senior Service Account, Department of the Air Member for Personnel

xx Jul 1951                  Director of Personal Services (B)

Citation for the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire

"GRIFFITHS, John Swire, A/A/C (Royal Air Force) - Command Headquarters, South East Asia.

This officer is the Command Accountant and has achieved a work of reform which is, perhaps, unique in the financial history of the Indian Government.  When, subsequent to the loss of Singapore, a chaotic state existed in the sphere of service pay and accountancy for the Armed Forces hastily thrust into India without records, Air Commodore Griffiths, by patient endeavour and persuasion, not only straightened out the tangle, but compelled the authorities, who were unable to master the situation, to accept the RAF system of pay accountancy which has been a conspicuous success.  Acting almost single-handedly to begin with, Air Commodore Griffiths has set a high standard of selfless devotion, leadership and ability."

(Source - Air 2/9003)

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