John Adrian Chamier
|John Adrian Chamier|
|Nickname(s)||Father of the ATC|
|Born||26 December 1883|
|Died||3 May 1974(aged 90)|
|Service/branch||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1902-29|
|Commands held||Air Training Corps|
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Mention in Despatches (2)
|Other work||Secretary of the Air League of the British Empire
Director of Vickers (Aviation) Ltd.
Royal Air Force
Chamier was educated at RMA Sandhurst. After graduating on 27 August 1902 he was appointed to the Unattached List, Indian Army. He was appointed to the Indian Army as a Second Lieutenant on 11 January 1904 but with senority from 27 August 1902. He was appointed to the 33rd Punjabis on 5 February 1904 of the British Indian Army. Promoted Captain on 27 August 1911. Chamier was appointed a Flying Officer in Royal Flying Corps on 26 August 1915 in which he served as a pilot in the First World War.
In November 1921-February 1922 as Deputy Director, Directorate of Operations and Intelligence, Air Ministry, he was a delegate to the Washington Conference on the Limitation of Armament.
Air Training Corps
After retirement from the RAF, Chamier became secretary of the Air League of the British Empire. During his tenure as secretary Chamier became involved with the founding, in 1938 of the Air Defence Cadet Corps, which on 5 February 1941 evolved into the Air Training Corps because the ADCC was seen as too forceful and decided to change it to a more subtle name of ATC. He set up the ATC to promote recruitment in the RAF and to get young people who are interested in aviation to be able to go to their local squadron at their own free will, making it more enjoyable.
Between 1928 and 1931 Chamier was a director on the board of Vickers (Aviation) Limited.
Chamier was, at one time, the aviation correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
- The Birth of the Royal Air Force (1943) ISBN B0007IVX9W
Chamier has received several decorations for his service to the British Empire. He has been awarded the Order of the Bath, the Order of St. Michael and St. George, the Companion of Distinguished Service Order. In 1944 he was knighted as a Knight Bachelor.
- Air Cadet Publication 31: General Service Training, 2000. Section 1, p. 31.1.1-1
- Register of the Department of State 1922
- United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority - G-ADME