Group Captain Sir Lawrence Darvall (KCB, CB, MC) was born on 24 November 1898, the second son of Richard Thomas Darvall,
late of Gordon Lodge, Reading.
In 1923 he married Alleen, daughter of E. Mahony,
J.P. County Cork, Ireland. Darvall was educated at Dover College, the
Royal Military College at Sandhurst and commissioned into the Grean
Howards. He transferred to the Royal Air Force in 1921, after four
Promoted to Wing Commander in 1937 and to Group
Captain in 1941. Director of Air Transport Policy and Operations at the
Air Ministry in 1943-1944. Commanded 48th Group and 216th Group in
Transport Command in 1944-1946. He was also a Companion of the Order of
the Bath, created in 1941.
He became an Air Commodore in 1946 and an Air
Officer Commanding Air HQ, Italy, 1946-1947. Later became an Air
Officer Commanding 3rd Group, Bomber Command in 1947-1948. He was
promoted to Air Vice-Marshal in 1948. After that became an Air
Officer-in-Command Administration, HQ Flying Training Command in
1949-1950 and an Air Officer Commanding 23rd Group in 1950-1951.
Assumed command of Joint Services Staff College in 1951-1953 and at the
end of his career became a Commandant of NATO Defence College in Paris
in November 1953-1955. He was finally promoted to Air Marshal and KCB
He retired in 1958. F.R.S.A. and died on 17 November 1968.