Eugene Gerrard

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Eugene Louis Gerrard
Born 14 July 1881
Died 7 February 1963 (aged 81)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1900 – 1929
Rank Air Commodore
Commands held No. 1 Group RAF
No. 1 Squadron RNAS
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (1 Jan 1919)
Distinguished Service Order (22 Jun 1916)
Commander, Order of Leopold (Belgium) - (22 Feb 1918)

Air Commodore Eugene Louis Gerrard CMG, DSO, RAF (14 July 1881 – 7 February 1963) was an officer in the Royal Marines and Royal Air Force.

Gerrard was commissioned into the Royal Marine Light Infantry in 1900 and served on HMS Hermione, HMS Defiance, HMS Spartiate, HMS Dido, HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Vindictive.

In 1911, Gerrard was one of the first four officers chosen by the Admiralty for flying training conducted under the auspices of the Royal Aero Club - he was awarded certificate #76. Gerrard then served as a squadron commander in the newly formed Royal Flying Corps and was posted as a flight commander to the Central Flying School. Whilst at the Central Flying School, Gerrard set two records for flying at high altitude with passengers. On the first occasion, he flew to 10,000 feet with Major Hugh Trenchard. Later, Gerrard flew to 8,400 feet with two passengers.

Following the outbreak of World War I, Gerrard took up command of No. 1 Squadron of the Royal Naval Air Service. One of his first acts was to attack the Düsseldorf Airship Sheds in a B.E.2a. Later in the War, Gerrard was appointed as the commander of an RNAS wing in the eastern Mediterranean where he gained the Distinguished Service Order for his leadership.


Military offices
Preceded by
O Swann
Officer Commanding Mediterranean Group
Succeeded by
C R Samson
Preceded by
H C T Dowding
Officer Commanding No. 1 Group
Succeeded by
R Gordon
Preceded by
Sir Henry Tudor
Air Officer Commanding Palestine Command
Command renamed HQ Transjordan and Palestine in 1926

Succeeded by
No. 1 Group recreated from the Air Defence Group
previously commanded by J G Hearson
Title last held by
P L W Herbert in 1926
Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Air Defence Group
Succeeded by
W F MacN Foster