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Headmaster in Military Intelligence
« on: Sunday 26 November 17 14:54 GMT (UK) »
As scholars we always believed our Headmaster, W B P Aspinall OBE MA, had been in Military Intelligence during and perhaps after WW2.
Can anyone verify this and if true perhaps enlarge upon it?
I understand he died in Dec.1988.
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Re: Headmaster in Military Intelligence
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 26 November 17 15:17 GMT (UK) »
The Times states that he was Lt Col. with the Intelligence Corps
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Re: Headmaster in Military Intelligence
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 26 November 17 15:23 GMT (UK) »
Good afternoon,

It appears he worked for the British Forces Education Service for a time. He was headmaster at Queens school, Rhiendalen, Germany from 1960 to 1972.

Couldn't find any other info as yet.

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Re: Headmaster in Military Intelligence
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 26 November 17 15:23 GMT (UK) »
A 2 Lt WBPP Aspinall was transferred from the Territorial Army Officer Training Corps to the Intelligence Corps on 14 August 1940 (London Gazette). His OBE was awarded in the New Year's honours 1946 when he was a Lieutenant Colonel, still in the Intelligence Corps.

The only way to find out what he did and where would be to see his service record and, given the corps he was in, the likelihood of being any the wiser is I suggest not great!

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Re: Headmaster in Military Intelligence
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 26 November 17 15:28 GMT (UK) »
When he was appointed headmaster in 1950 he was age 37 -educated at the Royal Masonic School & St Johns College, Cambridge - assistant master at Ashford School & St Pauls School.  For the past 2 years Senior master at St Alfreds School, Plon, B.A.O.R.

The article only indicates that he was in the Intelligence Corps during the war.
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Re: Headmaster in Military Intelligence
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 26 November 17 16:44 GMT (UK) »
Many thanks for these contributions. I have now narrowed my interest to the period 1945 to 1948 before he joined the staff of King Alfred School at Plon  on the Baltic coast of Germany.
Can anyone fill this gap please?
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Re: Headmaster in Military Intelligence
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 26 November 17 17:00 GMT (UK) »
MI 14 was the most interesting and important of the sections. In 1940 it was headed by Lieutenant Colonel K Strong, later its deputy commander was Lieutenant Colonel W B P Aspinall, of the Corps. At its peak strength MI 14 totalled 58 officers ...
https://goo.gl/9iWLJD

The commandant was Lieutenant-Colonel W.P.B. Aspinall. In his late forties, he had a background in MI 14 (responsible for information about the German order of battle).
https://goo.gl/DxfuXR
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Re: Headmaster in Military Intelligence
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 26 November 17 17:20 GMT (UK) »
Well done Shaun just what I am after!
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Re: Headmaster in Military Intelligence
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 26 November 17 18:51 GMT (UK) »
William Briant Philip Pryce Aspinall
service no 95924 Intelligence Corps 1946

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