Andrew George Board

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Andrew George Board
Born (1878-05-11)11 May 1878
Westerham, Kent, England
Died 25 February 1973(1973-02-25) (aged 94)
Morfa Bychan, Caernarvonshire, Wales
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch

 British Army

 Royal Air Force
Years of service 1900–1931
Rank Air Commodore
Commands held 5 Squadron RFC
7 Squadron RFC
No. 1 School of Technical Training RAF
No. 21 Group RAF
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Other work Deputy Lieutenant of Caernarvonshire

Air Commodore Andrew George Board (1878–1973) CMG DSO DL was an English soldier and airman. He was a pioneer aviator, first gaining a licence in 1910, who later became an air commodore in the Royal Air Force.

South Wales Borderers[edit]

Following a time in the militia Board was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the South Wales Borderers. In 1910 at his own expense he learned to fly at Hendon.[1] On 29 November 1910 flying a Bleriot monoplane at Hendon he was awarded the Royal Aero Club Aviators Certificate No. 36.

In the 1911 Census he was listed as a captain of the 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderersat at the Artillery Barracks Pretoria, South Africa.[2]

Royal Flying Corps[edit]

By 1914 Board had become a flying instructor at the Central Flying School at Netheravon, Wiltshire. On 28 Sep 1914 he became the officer commanding 7 Squadron RFC at Netheravon before moving to the western front in April 1915 to command 5 Squadron RFC. He later commanded the 10th Wing RFC before taking over the control of a 20th (Reserve) Wing in Egypt.

With the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918, Broad was awarded a permanent commission as a lieutenant colonel. He rose to the rank of air commodore before retiring in 1931.[1] In 1939 he re-joined the RAF as a group captain before retiring again in 1941.[1] In 1943 he became a Deputy Lieutenant in Caernarvon.[1][3]

Honours and award[edit]

Family[edit]

Board was born in Westerham, Kent, on 11 May 1878, the third son of Major John Board and his wife Mary; his father was a magistrate.[6] In 1932 he married Mrs Phyllis Agnew at St James's Picadilly on the 18 August 1932.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "A History of RAF Organisation - Air Commodore A G Board". /www.rafweb.org. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  2. ^ 1911 Census of Overseas Military, RG14/34977, RG14PN34977 RD641 SD2 ED14 SN9999, Andrew George Board, Artillery Barracks Pretoria.
  3. ^ "News in Brief". News in Brief. The Times (49595). London. 12 July 1943. col G, p. 6. 
  4. ^ "No. 30450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1918. p. 18. 
  5. ^ "No. 31098". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1919. p. 92. 
  6. ^ 1891 Census of Sevenoaks, RG12/674, Folio 123, Page 14, Andrew G. Board, aged 12, High Street, Westerham.
  7. ^ "Marriages". Marriages. The Times (46216). London. 19 August 1932. col B, p. 13.