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Woolgar, Cedric Warren

Cedric Warren Woolgar was born in Worthing, Sussex on 10 Jan 1911, the eldest child and only son of Charlie Warren Woolgar and Edith Fanny Greenfield. Cedric was a talented and well-educated young man with a career in the petroleum industry overseas when World War II began. He returned to England with his wife and young family and entered service with the Royal Air Force. He served as a Sergeant Pilot at the Kirby Wharf Fighter Sector Station at Church Fenton, Tadcaster in Yorkshire. He died on active service on 08 September 1941. Cedric was not forgotten by the town of his birth and his name was inscribed with so many others on the War Memorial which stands in Chapel Road near the Town Hall to bear witness to those who died in both World Wars.


First name(s)Cedric Warren
Date of birth10 January 1911
Place of birthWorthing, Sussex
Family details

The eldest child and only son of Charlie Warren Woolgar and Edith Fanny Greenfield

Previous educationWorthing Boys' High School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1928-1933
Dept / courseScience


Military unitRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service number1021123
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death08/09/1941
Rank at deathSergeant Pilot
Burial placeKirkby Wharfe (St. John the Baptist) Churchyard Extension
Commemoration(s)King’ s College; Birmingham University Virtual War Memorial. Worthing War Memorial.

Letter attached to student record from the Chemistry Department to the Registration Clerk, dated 18th November 1946: "Mr Woolgar held his Salters' Fellowship in Birmingham during 1933-35, and work on Oil Technology under Professor A W Nash. He published papers in "The Oil Gas Journal", and the "Jounal of the Institute of Petroleum", and was awarded the MSc degree. During 1934-35 he was University Captain of Boxing.

In 1935-36 he served the Anglo-American Oil Co., and from 1936-39 was with British Controlled Oil Fields in Curacao and Venezuela. By this time he had become a Chemical Engineer. He returned to England on the outbreak of war and for some months held an appointment with the Ministry of Supply. Almost immediately, however, he volunteered for the Air Force and on acceptance was trained as a night flying fighter pilot. He was accidentally killed during operational flying in Spetember 1941.

On the 8th September 1941 Blenheim T2228 flew into high ground near Mill Farm, Huggate, Yorkshire Wolds at 01.32 hrs. The pilot was believed to have lost control while flying in poor visibility during a training flight. Sadly the pilot was killed as a result of this accident. Operations Record Book of No. 54 Operational Training Unit


King’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Marion Woolgar

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