Air Vice-Marshal ‘Larry’ Lamb had two distinguished careers, first as an RAF pilot and senior officer and also as an international rugby referee and sports administrator. He joined the RAF in the later years of the Second World War and became a flying instructor and examiner before converting to the Hastings transport aircraft and flying on the Berlin Airlift. He later flew Javelin night fighters before becoming the Deputy Commander Air in Borneo during Indonesian Confrontation. He managed his limited helicopter and transport aircraft resources skilfully and was appointed CBE. After serving at RAF College Cranwell, the National Air Traffic Service and at HQ 18 (Maritime) Group he retired and became the chief executive of the Badminton Association of England. Throughout his RAF career he was heavily involved in rugby, became an international referee, controlling 14 full internationals, served on the Rugby Football Union and chaired numerous committees. He also served on the Princes Trust. He died aged 99.

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