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    Hello All,

    I am re-visiting my Commissioned Met Officers (yet again!) and have come across this anomaly. These are two entries from the LG:

    Air Ministry: Technical Officer, Charles Ernest Britton (Publication Date 7 April 1936 The London Gazette, Issue 34272, Page 2304)

    METEOROLOGICAL BRANCH
    Charles Ernest BRITTON is granted a commission as Wing Commander. 13th June
    1939 (Publication Date 23 June 1939 The London Gazette, Issue 34639, Page 4256)
    . [Aged 45].

    They would seem to be the same man (and not to be confused with a 1222234 LAC C E Britton in the LG in 1943). You will note that his Commissioning was well before the start of WW2. This would normally indicate that he was already a Group/Command Senior Met Officer – as a civilian - somewhere overseas. He also wrote “A meteorological chronology to A.D. 1450”, ([Great Britain] Meteorological office. Geophysical memoirs, no. 70 [vol. VIII, no. 1]).

    However, he then disappears from the LG after his Commissioning. Born 9 Apr 1894. Not on CWGC, he died 1 Jan 1970 (buried Salisbury South Churchyard). Times Archive not very forthcoming. No ‘gongs’ – as far as I can see?

    Does anybody know where he was, and/or what he was doing?

    TIA

    Peter Davies
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    Hi Peter,

    In the Sept 1939 Air Force List he is listed as serving in the Air Ministry, Met Office as Acting Senior Technical Officer.

    Others listed for the same position (in case it helps) are
    E V Newnham
    C K M Douglas
    S F Witcombe
    C S Durst
    J Glasspoole

    Going further back in the Air Force List, Jan and March 1939 has him as Technical Officer at Shoeburyness (New Ranges).

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    Ross, thanks,

    E V Newnham - Not Commissioned.
    C K M Douglas – we know a lot about him.
    S F Witcombe – Not Commissioned, but – apparently – S Met O HQ 44 Ferry Group as a civilian (unusual).
    C S Durst – Not Commissioned.
    J Glasspoole – Cmd Sqn Ldr 1 Apr 43, Relinquish 10 Feb 1954. No idea of his postings.

    Those ‘Not Commissioned’ may have been too old and/or infirm!

    Rgds

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    Peter,

    I don't know when he joined the Met Office, but he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Met Society in 1920, at which time he was working in the met office of the Shoeburyness Ranges. He remained there until at least 1939, at which time publication of the List of Fellows becomes irregular. The next entry for him is dated 1949 when he was based at the Larkhill Ranges. Given his date of birth he must have retired in 1954, probably to Salisbury which was his address in 1960. I have a vague recollection he might have been awarded an MiD, but I'm unable to recall my source.

    I suspect his 1939 commissioning was connected with the formation of the RAFVR (Met Branch) in May that year, since throughout the war he was the link between the Met Office and RAF, being responsible for all administration matters with RAFVR (Met) personnel. I've come across his name several times in this respect.

    Although artillery appears to have been his meteorological specialism, he was an expert in discovering very old meteorological documents and records, some dating back to the 1600s - all of which he donated to the Met Office.

    The NA has medal cards for three WW1 Charles E Brittons, all ORs, one of whom was killed in 1916.

    Brian

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    Ross/Brian,

    Mni tks yr responses. Just one of the things that these small snippets do is to turn what was just a rank/name/number into a 'person'.
    Tks again
    Peter Davies
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