Royal Army Medical Corps

He was born in Ipswich Q2/Q3 1867 in Ipswich to George and Sophia, of 237 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Father was 29, worked as a Cellarman and originated from Grundisburgh, Suffolk; mother was 32 and was from Needham Market.

In 1871, recorded on the census he was aged 4 and had an elder sister aged 9 called Emily, also born in Needham Market.

By 1881, the family had moved to 20 Land Lane, Colchester. His mother, Sophia, is not recorded on the census and by April 1881 she had died, but Emily and Edgar are still living with father, George. Emily is unemployed, whilst Edgar was working as an Errand Boy.

He married Ellen Ada Q1/Q2 1888, and by the time of the 1891 census, three years later we see Edgar (24) living at 13 Shrubland Road, Colchester with wife (23) and son, Frederick George (1). Daughter Kathleen was born this year. In the same year or not long before this time he had joined the Medical Staff Corps (a pre-title of the RAMC used between 1855-57 and 1884-98).

In 1900, he was out in Jamaica and was noted to have been initiated into Moore Keys Lodge. He resigned by August 1903. By June 1903 and perhaps a little time before he is back in the United Kingdom, as Petitioner for Comrades Lodge.

No records can be found after 1901.


Military Milestones:


One of the 25 petitioners not named individually on the Warrant of Constitution. Took no office and was erased from the records having not paid dues by March 1905.

Masonic Milestones:

There is a minor aberration in records over the date of death some recording 14th June 1939 and others 18th. He is buried at Colchester Cemetery, the gravestone stating the former date. “In loving memory of EDGAR GEORGE WOOLNOUGH passed on 14th June 1939, Aged 72”. It is a sad fact that both Edgar and Ellen outlived their children.

Probate records show: Woolnough, Edgar George of 216 Maldon Road, Colchester died 18th June 1939 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Colchester. Probate London 6th October to Ellen Ada Woolnough widow. Effect £763 5s 6d.