Geoffrey Rhodes Bromet

Sir Geoffrey Rhodes Bromet KBE, CB, DSO, DL (28 August 1891 – 16 November 1983) was a senior Royal Air Force (RAF) officer during the Second World War and Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man from 1945 to 1952. Bromet Road in the town of Castletown, Isle of Man, takes its name from him.[1]


Sir Geoffrey Bromet

Royal Air Force 1939-1945- Coastal Command CH7025.jpg
Air Vice Marshal Bromet and Group Captain H. Brackley, review U-boat positions, August 1942
18th Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
In office
1945–1952
MonarchGeorge VI
Preceded byEarl Granville
Succeeded bySir Ambrose Dundas
Personal details
Born
Geoffrey Rhodes Bromet

(1891-08-28)28 August 1891
Died16 November 1983(1983-11-16) (aged 92)
NationalityBritish
Spouse(s)Jean Conan Doyle
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch/service Royal Navy (1904–18)
 Royal Air Force (1918–45)
Years of service1904–1945
RankAir Vice Marshal
CommandsNo. 247 Group (1943–45)
No. 19 Group (1941–43)
Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment (1928–31)
RAF Felixstowe (1928–31)
School of Naval Co-operation and Aerial Navigation (1921–22)
No. 8 Squadron RNAS (1916–17)
No. 1 Squadron RNAS (1916)
Battles/warsFirst World War
Second World War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France)
Commanders Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta (Poland)
Grand Officer of the Order of the White Lion (Czechoslovakia)
Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)

RAF careerEdit

Bromet attended the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and then served as a Flight Commander in the First World War, being commended for his service at Gallipoli in 1915 and later commanding No. 1 Squadron RNAS and then No. 8 Squadron RNAS.[2] In 1919 he was commissioned permanently as a major in the Royal Air Force.[2] After commanding the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment, he was appointed Senior Engineering Staff Officer at Headquarters Coastal Area in 1931, Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters RAF Middle East in 1933 and Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters RAF Coastal Command in 1936.[2]

He served in the Second World War as Air Officer Commanding No. 19 Group and then as Air Officer Commanding No. 247 Group before retiring at his own request in 1945.[2]

In 1945 he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man and served until 1952.[3]

His second marriage was to Air Commandant Dame Jean Conan Doyle, daughter of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

ReferencesEdit

Military offices
Preceded by
Gerald Boyce
Air Officer Commanding No. 19 Group
1941–1943
Succeeded by
Brian Baker
New title
Group established
Air Officer Commanding No. 247 Group
1943–1945
Succeeded by
Harold Southey
Government offices
Preceded by
Earl Granville
Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
1945–1952
Succeeded by
Sir Ambrose Dundas