A History of YALDING, Kent, England
6 Jan 1921: Officer Commanding, HQ Mesopotamian Group.
13 Oct 1921: Officer Commanding, HQ Iraq Group.
31 Aug 1922: Act A/Cdre. Acting Air Commodore.
1 Oct 1922: A/Cdre. Air Commodore.
7 Apr 1923: Supernumerary, RAF Depot.
15 Aug 1923: AOC, RAF Cranwell/Commandant, RAF College.
1 Nov 1926: Director of Personal Services.
1 Jul 1929: AVM. Air Vice Marshall.
Other decorations he received were:-
1917 SS3S -
1918 N3 -
1920 EN3 -
He received RAeC Certificate No 170 on 9 January 1912. Known as ‘Biffy’ he is credited
with devising the popular name for AA fire of the time, ‘Archie’ by his habit of
shouting the words of a popular song of the period , 'Archibald, certainly not' as
he attempted to dodge the enemy shells He was recommended for the VC but actually
received the DSO, his brother was later awarded the VC. Whilst commanding No 27,
a flight of four BE2c's was formed to deliver secret agents behind enemy lines. Between
28 July 1918 and 8 August 1918 he established a World record by flying from Cranwell
to Heliopolis in a Handley Page 0/400 in a flying time of 36 hours 13 minutes, covering
2592 miles. He made a further long distance flight from Cairo to Delhi via Baghdad,
together with Maj-
Biffy inherited Cheveney, both house and farm, when the Colonel died, and often opened the gardens during the summer sundays, to enable Hunton or Yalding church, or a charity of his choice to raise funds.
The photo here, with Biffy in uniform at Yalding church, could be when he presented the processional cross for dedication by Dr C M Chavasse, the Bishop of Rochester, on Sunday May 24th 1942.
This cross is an enlargement of the DFC, and was made at Exeter by one of the finest
craftsmen in England of the firm of Messrs. Wippell & Co. It is inscribed as follows:-
“To the Glory of God, and in commemoration of the Royal Air Force Thanksgiving Sunday September 21st 1941”
The gift was donated by the Air Vice-