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I have for some time been puzzled by this notice in the London Gazette 23rd February 1940:

Leon Williamson Amps (118065) to be Lt. (without pay and allces.), and is granted unpaid actg. rank of Maj.-Gen. 5th Dec. 1939

Seems as bit unreasonable to be commissioned as a Lieutenant and then promoted the acting rank of Major-General in one sentence.

Another notice in LG on the 5th of March 1940 elaborates on it:

Lt. (actg. Maj.-Gen.) L.W. Amps, C.B.E., to be a Dir. 5th Dec. 1939

There is a further notice on 8th of March correcting the C.B.E. to an O.B.E.

I recently found out that Leon Williamson Amps was a civilian Engineer, who was made Director of Labour at the War Office. However further information about him has so far eluded me. He is not listed in the Who's Who 1897-1996, nor have I been able to find anything additionally on him in The Times Archive 1785-1985.

So I was wondering whether some of you might have anything on him?

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