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Richard Talbot Snowden-Smith

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Richard Talbot Snowden-Smith (1887-1951), a very prominent pilot before WWI; he gained Aviator's Certificate No. 29.

1887 Born in St Austell, Cornwall

Educated at Sandhurst

1906 Commissioned into the Army Service Corps in 1906.

1910 He began flying, he was Blondeau's second pupil to win his Certificate at Brooklands and the first officer on the Active List to do so. He then participated in many trials, including the Brooklands to Brighton Air Race.

Later in his career, he became a major general having served with the ASC/RASC.

1912-1915 - Inspector of Subsidised Transport Vehicles

1915-1916 - Staff Captain at the War Office

1916-1917 - Deputy Assistant Director of Supplies and Transport at the War Office

1917-1919 - Assistant Director of Supplies and Transport at the War Office

1919-1919 - Deputy Director of Supplies and Transport at the War Office

1919-1922 - Assistant Inspector of Mechanical Transport

1922 became an Associate Member of the I Mech E

1925-1926 - Deputy Assistant Director of Transport, Simla, India

1925-1925 - Secretary, Mechanical Transport Advisory Committee, India

1926-1930 - Chief Instructor, Royal Army Service Corps Training College, Aldershot

1931-1933 - Deputy Assistant Director of Supplies and Transport at the War Office

1933-1934 - Officer Commanding Royal Army Service Corps Depot, Feltham

1934-1937 - Assistant Director of Supplies & Transport at the War Office

1937-1940 - Inspector of Royal Army Services Corps at hte War Office

1940-1943 - Director of Supplies & Transport, War Office

1951 Died in London

Sotheby's (1994) Lot 120: Aviator's Certificate No.29 And Other Material relating to Major-General R. T. Snowden-Smith, C.B., C.B.E., M.I.MECH.E., Various dates all contained in a scrap-book, the Certificate dated 15th Nov. 1910 together with early aviation photographs.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • [1] Great War Forum
  • Mechanical engineer records