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Air Commodore Lyster Fettiplace Blandy, C.B., D.S.O., Royal Engineers (1874-1964). Blandy was in command of British Army wireless communications in France during the early part of the First World War. Later in the war, he performed a similar function for the Royal Air Force. Coming out of retirement at outbreak of the Second World War, he headed up Y Service, the RAF signals intelligence intercept capability, serving into his seventies.
1874: Born, West Derby, Lancashire, England on 21st September 1874 to Adam Fettiplace Blandy and Elizabeth Mary Carne.
1888-1892: Educated at Haileybury College
Attended the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.
1895: Entered the Royal Engineers.
1908-12: Inspector Royal Engineers Stores at Woolwich.
1913: At the beginning of the year, assumed command of the Wireless Signal Company at Aldershot.
1914-17: In charge of Wireless Communication of the British Expeditionary Force, France.
1915: Awarded Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) in 1915 Birthday Honours List.
1917: Became Chief Experimental Officer of Army Signals Experimental Establishment.
1918: Chief Experimental Officer at R.A.F. Biggin Hill, and thence transferred to become Controller of Communications of the Air Ministry.
1921: Lieut.-Col., R.E.; Head of the British Delegation to the International Technical Committee on Radio-Communication, Paris.
Officer of the Legion d'Honneur; Chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Belgium; Mons Star with bar.
1924: Awarded Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1924 Birthday Honours List.
1925: Promoted from Group Captain to Air Commodore, July 1, 1925 
At the outbreak of the Second World War, Blandy set up an Air Intelligence (AI) Intercept service based at RAF Hawkinge near Folkestone to monitor Luftwaffe Radio-telephony traffic. Known as AI-1(e), units later covered the coastline from Scarborough in Yorkshire round to Strete in Devon, intercept traffic being routed to a site at West Kingsdown, Kent.
1964: Died 7th June 1964, aged 89.