Henry Le Marchant Brock

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Air Commodore Henry Le Marchant Brock CB DSO (1889-1964) was a distinguished World War I pilot and founder member of the Guernsey Society.

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Family

Henry was born in Otterbourne, Hampshire in 1889, the son of Rev Henry Walter Brock and Amy Gabrielle Powell. He grew up in Guernsey where his father became the rector of St Pierre du Bois.

In 1917, he married Daphne Fanshawe Carey, daughter of Cecil A Carey of Hauteville, Guernsey. They had three children: Barbara Ann (b 1920), John Anthony (b 1922) and David Le Marchant (born 1923).

They lived at Wyk House, Rotherwick, Hampshire.

He died suddenly in 1964 while on a short holiday in Bath.

Early years

He attended Elizabeth College 1898-1907, where he was Captain of the Shooting VIII, and won the Bronze Medal in the King's Prize at Bisley, 1908.

Career

On leaving school, he was commissioned in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1909. Just before the outbreak of World War I he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, and made military history in aerial reconnaissance. Between 1914 and 1919 he served in France & Egypt, won the DSO, and was mentioned in dispatches five times.

After World War I, he joined the RAF, where he was appointed to a permanent commission as Lieut-Colonel in 1919.

He was promoted to Group Captain in 1928. In 1930, he was appointed Officer Commanding Royal Air Force in Peshawar, India (now Pakistan), and was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1931.

From 1936-1937 he was Air Officer in Charge of Administration at Bomber Command, and between 1937 and 1942 he was Deputy Commandant of the Royal Observer Corps.

On retirement, he became the first Chairman of the Guernsey branch of the Royal Air Force Association.

Guernsey Society

He was a founder member of the Guernsey Society and served as its Honorary Secretary 1943-1946 and then as Chairman 1952-1958. When he stood down as Chairman, he was elected Vice President, a position which he held until his death in 1964.

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