Commandants Three: Dougie Edgar-Harold Archer-Ken Maynard
|Dec.1939||Carlisle Group formed as 32 Group O.C. with command split between two people. |
Col. F.R.W. Graham was responsible for Group Centre, as Controller, with
|Brig. Pringle looking after the Group’s Posts with the rank of Observer Officer.|
|1943||Col. Graham becomes Group Commandant with the rank of Obs./Cmdr.|
|He is “retired” in 1944.|
|1944||Obs./Cmdr. C.J. Rowlands is transferred in as G.C. until stand down of the Corps in 1945. |
He also acted as stand down caretaker until reformation in 1947 as an Obs./Lt.
He finishes his Corps career, in 1977, as Deputy Commandant with the rank of Obs./Capt.
|1947||Obs./Cmdr. Potter acts as G.C. while the group is reformed following the remobilisation of the R.O.C.|
|1947||Obs./Cmdr. R. Ritson is appointed G.C.|
|He is one of the original Group Officers mentioned in Hubert Ware’s “Musings and Memories” document.|
|1954?||Obs./Cmdr. R.J.F.A. Lawder is appointed G.C.|
|#||A.W.R. shows Mr. Lawder as G.C. from 1953 but a document, dated 29/3/1954, found amongst Bill Barbour’s donated papers shows him as Obs./Off Lawder. |
We have evidence of Mr. Ritson still as G.C. dated 17/6/1954, from documents provided by Ralph Pickering.
Mr Lawder’s appointment to G.C., therefore, is at some point after this date.
|There is also confusion about his retirement date. |
We know he is followed as G.C. by Ken Maynard but when!
|Documents (thanks again Bill) from those years confirm Mr. Lawder in post in December 1958 but no documentary evidence exists (as yet!) as to when he stood down. |
We do know he was born in 1906 (May-June) so it’s likely he would have retired in 1966.
|1966?||Obs./Cmdr. K. Maynard is appointed G.C.|
|#||A.W.R. shows Mr. Maynard as G.C. from 1962 but he must have been appointed after Oct. 1964 as he appears as Obs/Lt. Maynard in G.R.O’s at that time. |
The first documentary evidence we have of him as G.C. is a set of G.R.O’s from Feb. 1969.
His appointment as G.C., therefore, must be between these dates. We can assume it would be probably May-June 1966 following Mr. Lawder’s retirement.
He himself retires Dec. 1974.
|Jan. 1975||Obs./Cmdr. D. Edgar is appointed G.C. until Dec 1982.|
|Jan. 1983||Obs./Cmdr H. Archer is appointed G.C. until Dec 1987.|
|Jan. 1988||Obs./Cmdr. F. Edgar is appointed G.C.|
|but regrettably changes in employment swiftly forces Fred’s resignation.|
|Sep.1988||Obs./Cmdr. K. Dodd is appointed G.C. until Stand Down of the Corps September 1991.|
# We would welcome sight of any documents, or even memories!, which confirm exact dates here.