David Parry-Evans

Air Chief Marshal Sir David George Parry-Evans, GCB, CBE (born 19 July 1935) is a former senior Royal Air Force commander.

Sir David Parry-Evans
Born19 July 1935 (age 84)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1956–91
RankAir Chief Marshal
Commands heldAir Member for Personnel (1989–91)
RAF Germany (1985–87)
No. 38 Group (1984–85)
No. 1 Group (1982–84)
RAF Staff College, Bracknell (1981–82)
RAF Marham (c.1975–78)
No. 214 Squadron (1974–75)
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

RAF career

Educated at Berkhamsted School, Parry-Evans joined the Royal Air Force in 1956.[1] He became Officer Commanding No. 214 Squadron in 1974 and Station Commander at RAF Marham in 1975.[1] He was appointed Director of Defence Policy at the Ministry of Defence in 1979, Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Bracknell, in 1981 and then Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group in 1982 before becoming Air Officer Commanding No. 38 Group in 1984.[1]

He went on to be Commander-in-Chief RAF Germany and Second Tactical Air Force in 1985, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Programmes and Personnel) in 1987 and Air Member for Personnel in 1989 before retiring in 1991.[1] In retirement he became President of the Shackleton Association.[2]


In 1960 he married Ann Reynolds; they have two sons.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ Shackleton Association Archived 11 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, thegrowler.org.uk; accessed 16 March 2019.
Military offices
Preceded by
Michael Beavis
Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Bracknell
Succeeded by
Anthony Skingsley
Preceded by
Sir Patrick Hine
Commander-in-Chief RAF Germany
Also Commander of the Second Tactical Air Force

Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Skingsley
Preceded by
Sir John Chapple
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Programmes and Personnel)
Succeeded by
Sir Barry Wilson
Preceded by
Sir Laurence Jones
Air Member for Personnel
Succeeded by
Sir Roger Palin
1935 in the United Kingdom

Events from the year 1935 in the United Kingdom. This year was the Silver Jubilee of King George V. Political events include a general election in November and changes in the leadership of both the Conservative and Labour parties.

1978 New Year Honours

The New Year Honours 1978 were appointments in many of the Commonwealth realms of Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries, to celebrate the year passed and mark the beginning of 1978. They were announced on 31 December 1977 for the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, Fiji, the Bahamas, Grenada, and Papua New Guinea.The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour, and arranged by honour, with classes (Knight, Knight Grand Cross, etc.) and then divisions (Military, Civil, etc.) as appropriate.

1985 Birthday Honours

Queen's Birthday Honours are announced on or around the date of the Queen's Official Birthday in Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The dates vary, both from year to year and from country to country. All are published in supplements to the London Gazette and many are formally conferred by the monarch (or her representative) some time after the date of the announcement, particularly for service people on active duty.

The 1985 Queen's Birthday honours lists were announced on 15 June 1985.The recipients are shown below as they were styled before their new honour.

1991 Birthday Honours

The Birthday Honours 1991 for the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, New Zealand, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, were announced on 14 June 1991, to celebrate the Queen's Official Birthday of 1991.

The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour, and arranged firstly by the country whose ministers advised the Queen on the appointments, then by honour, with classes (Knight, Knight Grand Cross, etc.) and then divisions (Military, Civil, etc.) as appropriate.

Air Member for Personnel

The Air Member for Personnel (AMP) is the senior Royal Air Force officer who is responsible for personnel matters and is a member of the Air Force Board. The AMP is in charge of all aspects of recruiting, non-operational flying and ground training, career management, welfare, terms and conditions of service, and resettlement for RAF regular, reserve and civilian staffs worldwide.

In 1918 on the establishment of the post it was titled the Master-General of Personnel, while from 1919 to 1923 the post was designated as the Director of Personnel. Thereafter it has been known by its current title, the Air Member for Personnel. In 1994 with the establishment of Personnel and Training Command (PTC), the post of Commander-in-Chief PTC and the Air Member for Personnel were held concurrently by a single officer at any one time. In 2007 PTC was disbanded and from then onward, the Air Member for Personnel has been double-hatted as Deputy Commander-in-Chief Air Command with responsibility for No. 22 Group RAF and RAF personnel management functions.

Anthony Skingsley

Air Chief Marshal Sir Anthony Gerald Skingsley, (19 October 1933 – 15 January 2019) was a senior Royal Air Force commander.

Barry Wilson (Royal Navy officer)

Vice Admiral Sir Barry Nigel Wilson (5 June 1936 – 29 August 2018) was a senior Royal Navy officer.

Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff

The Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff is a senior British military officer who reports to the Chief of the Defence Staff and Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff.

Donald Hall (RAF officer)

Air Marshal Sir Donald Percy Hall, (11 November 1930 – 12 January 1999) was a Royal Air Force officer who served as Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Systems) from 1983 to 1986.

John Chapple (British Army officer)

Field Marshal Sir John Lyon Chapple, (born 27 May 1931) is a retired British Army officer who served as Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, from 1988 to 1992. Early in his early military career he saw action during the Malayan Emergency and again during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation and later in his career he provided advice to the British Government during the Gulf War.

Laurence Jones

Air Marshal Sir Laurence Alfred Jones, (18 January 1933 – 27 September 1995) was a senior Royal Air Force commander.

Michael Beavis

Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Gordon Beavis, (born 13 August 1929) is a former Royal Air Force officer who served as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Support Command from 1981 to 1984.

Michael Knight (RAF officer)

Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael William Patrick Knight, (born 23 November 1932) is a former senior Royal Air Force commander. He is well respected and renowned for his various charity projects, especially for the "Vulcan to the Sky" cause.

No. 38 Group RAF

No 38 Group RAF is a group of the Royal Air Force. It was formed on 6 November 1943 from nine squadrons as part of Fighter Command. After the war it became part of RAF Transport Command but was disbanded on 31 January 1951. It re-formed on 1 January 1960, became part of RAF Air Support Command in 1967 and then, in 1972, the air support group within RAF Strike Command. It was temporarily disbanded from 18 Nov 1983 to 31 Oct 1992 and from 1 April 2000 to 1 July 2014. It subsequently became part of RAF Air Command, bringing together the Royal Air Force’s Engineering, Logistics, Communications and Medical Operations units. Air Officer Commanding No. 38 Group is also responsible for UK-based United States Visiting Forces (USVF) units and for RAF personnel attached to other global armed forces.

Order of the Bath

The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (formerly the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath) is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. The name derives from the elaborate medieval ceremony for appointing a knight, which involved bathing (as a symbol of purification) as one of its elements. The knights so created were known as "Knights of the Bath". George I "erected the Knights of the Bath into a regular Military Order". He did not (as is commonly believed) revive the Order of the Bath, since it had never previously existed as an Order, in the sense of a body of knights who were governed by a set of statutes and whose numbers were replenished when vacancies occurred.The Order consists of the Sovereign (currently Queen Elizabeth II), the Great Master (currently Charles, Prince of Wales, and three Classes of members:

Knight Grand Cross (GCB) or Dame Grand Cross (GCB)

Knight Commander (KCB) or Dame Commander (DCB)

Companion (CB)Members belong to either the Civil or the Military Division. Prior to 1815, the order had only a single class, Knight Companion (KB), which no longer exists. Recipients of the Order are now usually senior military officers or senior civil servants. Commonwealth citizens who are not subjects of the Queen and foreign nationals may be made Honorary Members.The Order of the Bath is the fourth-most senior of the British Orders of Chivalry, after The Most Noble Order of the Garter, The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, and The Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick (dormant).

Patrick Hine

Air Chief Marshal Sir Patrick Bardon Hine, is a former senior Royal Air Force commander. Most notably, he was joint commander of all British forces during the Gulf War.

RAF Second Tactical Air Force

The RAF Second Tactical Air Force (2TAF) was one of three tactical air forces within the Royal Air Force (RAF) during and after the Second World War. It was made up of squadrons and personnel from the RAF, the air forces of the British Commonwealth and exiles from German-occupied Europe. Renamed as British Air Forces of Occupation in 1945, 2TAF was recreated in 1951 and became Royal Air Force Germany in 1959.

Roger Palin

Air Chief Marshal Sir Roger Hewlett Palin, (born 8 July 1938) is a former senior Royal Air Force commander.

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