John Gingell

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Sir John Gingell
Born (1925-02-03)3 February 1925
Died 10 December 2009(2009-12-10) (aged 84)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force (1943–45, 1951–84)
Royal Navy (1945–51)
Years of service 1943–84
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held Support Command (1980–81)
Air Member for Personnel (1978–80)
No. 23 Group (1974–75)
No. 27 Squadron (1963–65)
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Air Chief Marshal Sir John Gingell, GBE, KCB, KCVO (3 February 1925 – 10 December 2009)[1] was a senior Royal Air Force commander.

Military career[edit]

The son of Ernest (1895–1981) and Hilda (née Attwood; 1894–1957) Gingell, he was educated at St Boniface's Catholic College, Plymouth. He was commissioned into the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in April 1945.[2] A few months later he transferred into the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, serving in the Fleet Air Arm. In 1951 he returned to the Royal Air Force was posted to flying duties on No. 58 Squadron.[2]

In 1963 he was appointed Officer Commanding No. 27 Squadron flying Vulcan B2s equipped with Blue Steel missiles and in 1966 he became Deputy Director of the Defence Operations Staff at the Ministry of Defence.[2] He went on to be Military Assistant to Chairman of the Military Committee at NATO Headquarters in 1968, Air Officer Administration at Headquarters RAF Germany in 1970 and Air Officer Commanding No. 23 Group in 1974.[2] After that he became Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Policy) in 1975, Air Member for Personnel in 1978 and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Support Command in 1980.[2] His last appointment was as Deputy Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Central Europe in 1981 before he retired in 1984.[2]

In retirement Gingell served as Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod in the Houses of Parliament until 1992.[3]


In 1949 he married Prudence Johnson; the couple had two sons and a daughter, John, Nicholas and Alexandra.[4][5]


  1. ^ "John Gingell". The Times. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Air Chief Marshal Sir John Gingell profile,; accessed 5 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Lords Sitting of 13 January 1992: Tributes to Sir John Gingell". Hansard. London: UK Parliament. 534 cc1-4. 13 January 1992. 
  4. ^ "Air Chief Marshal Sir John Gingell obituary". Telegraph. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Gingell family tree,; accessed 5 June 2014.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Aiken
Air Member for Personnel
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Ness
Preceded by
Sir Keith Williamson
Commander-in-Chief Support Command
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Beavis
Preceded by
Sir Peter Terry
Deputy Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Central Europe
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Beavis
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir David House
Black Rod
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Thomas