Eugene Gerrard

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Eugene Louis Gerrard
Born (1881-07-14)14 July 1881
Died 7 February 1963(1963-02-07) (aged 81)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Marines (1900–18)
Royal Air Force (1918–29)
Years of service 1900–29
Rank Air Commodore
Commands held No. 1 Air Defence Group (1927–29)
Palestine Command (1924–27)
No. 1 Group (1922–24)
Mediterranean Group (1920–21)
South-West Group RNAS (1917–18)
RNAS Eastbourne (1916–17)
No. 2 Squadron RNAS (1914–15)
No. 1 Squadron RNAS (1914)
Battles/wars First World War
Awards Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Commander of the Order of Leopold (Belgium)

Air Commodore Eugene Louis Gerrard, CMG, DSO (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 (1902) 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 the First World War, 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.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Oliver Swann
Officer Commanding Mediterranean Group
1920–1921
Succeeded by
Charles Rumney Samson
Preceded by
Hugh Dowding
Officer Commanding No. 1 Group
1922–1924
Succeeded by
Robert Gordon
Preceded by
Sir Henry Tudor
Air Officer Commanding Palestine Command
Command renamed HQ Transjordan and Palestine in 1926

1924–1927
Succeeded by
unknown
Vacant
No. 1 Group recreated from the Air Defence Group
previously commanded by John Hearson
Title last held by
Philip Herbert in 1926
Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Air Defence Group
1927–1929
Succeeded by
William Foster