Brig.-Gen. Percy Robert Clifford GROVES

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    Trained as a Lawyer before World War One passing his Criminal Law examinations as a member of Gray's Inn in 1910. Whilst serving in France as a Staff Officer, he qualified for his French Pilots Certificate, No 1917Fr on 29 Apr 1915.

    One of his first tasks on taking up his appointment in Middle East Brigade, was to go to Salonika to survey the country and hold discussions with the Army commanders regarding their air requirements. In April 1916 he led the RFC contingent involved in supporting the military force acting against the Sultan of Darfur, the success of which was largely credited to Groves' organisation and leadership. After the war he was to be very critical of the lack of training received by pilots before being sent to the Western Front during WW1. He died in Mombasa

    GROVES, Brig.-Gen. Percy Robert Clifford. C.B. 1919, C.M.G. 1918, D.S.O. 1916; Order of the White Eagle of Serbia 3rd class, with swords, 1916; Commander of the Legion of Honour, 1920; late R.A.F.; late Air Advisor to the British Ambassador, Paris, for Peace Treaties, and British Air Representative on the Permanent Advisory Commission to the League of Nations; e. s. of J. Groves, late P.W.D. India; m. 1920, Suzanne, d. of E. Steen, Oslo; one s. Educ.: Bedford. Joined Army (K.S.L.I.), 1899; served South African War (Queen’s medal 4 clasps, King’s medal 2 clasps); employed with West African Regiment, 1903-4; Territorial Adjutant, 1909-12; joined R.F.C. 1914; served with Air Services, France, 1914-15; Dardanelles, 1915-16; Middle East, 1916-18; Air Ministry, 1918-19, observer, pilot, G.S.O. 3, G.S.O. 2, G.S.O. 1, Wing Commander; Director of Flying Operations Air Ministry, April 1918; British Air Representative, Peace Conference, Jan. 1919 (despatches thrice); Captain, 1910; Major, 1915; Temp. Lieut.-Colonel, 1916; Temp. Brig.-General, 1918; Substantive, 1919; transferred to Royal Air Force with rank of Group Captain, 1919; retired with the rank of Brig.-Gen., 1922; Associate Fellow Royal Aeronautical Society; Hon. Secretary General Air League of British Empire, and Editor of Air, 1927-29. Publications: Behind the Smoke Screen, 1934; Our Future in the Air, 1935. Club: United Services.

    Who’s Who 1937. London: A & C Black, 1937.

    P. R. C. Groves (1878-1959) was perhaps the most well-known proponent of the idea of the ‘knock-out blow’. He held some very responsible positions during the war, in particular Director of Flying Operations, while after the war he was the British Air Representative to the Versailles peace conference. It’s not clear why he retired so early at age 44; but as he was soon afterwards publicly criticising Trenchard and the Air Ministry, particularly over the possible aerial threat from France and the lack of support for the aircraft industry, perhaps he felt that change could not be effected from within. In September 1939 he was recalled to the Air Ministry, where he served as Deputy-Director of Intelligence until April 1940. His works on airpower include Our Future in the Air (1922), Behind the Smoke Screen (1934) and Our Future in the Air (1935; unrelated to the earlier book with the same name).
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    GROVES, Brig Gen Percy Robert Clifford (1878-1959)

    Served with King’s Shropshire Light Infantry,
    Second Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902;
    Chief of Staff, Royal Flying Corps, Middle East,
    Diary of his service in, South Africa, 1900;
    photographs of operations of ‘C’ Flight, No 17
    Squadron, Sudan c 1916

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