Former head boy at Carre’s knighted

Air Marshal Sir Baz North, pictured in 2010.
Air Marshal Sir Baz North, pictured in 2010.

A former head boy at Carre’s Grammar School, in Sleaford, has been knighted.

Sir Barry ‘Baz’ North, 55, was among the names included in the latest New Year’s Honours list.

He was appointed to the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath As Knight Commander.

An Air Marshal in the Royal Air Force, this is far from Sir Barry’s first state honour.

In 1996, he made a Member of the Order of the British Empire; in 2003, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

He was also awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Winter 2006 Operational Honours List.

Sir Barry’s career in the Royal Air Force began in January 1982.

He would graduate from Cranwell with the Hennessy Trophy and the Philip Sassoon Memorial Prize in July that year.

On completion of basic and advanced flying training, he was posted to No 72 Squadron in Northern Ireland as a junior pilot in August 1984.

The career that would see him involved in work in the Falkland Islands, Mozambique during the catastrophic flooding of early 2000, and the Middle East.

On promotion to Air Marshal in May 2013, he was appointed as the force’s Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel and Capability.