Tom Pollard Woolgar

Born 19th June 1883 at Tatlers, West End, Henfield, West Sussex.
Mother: Louisa Woolgar
Tom was brought up by his grandparents James and Ellen Woolgar.
We do not know if Tom ever knew Louisa was his mother since he was 5 years old when she left home to be married. All members of the family seemed to think that Louisa was Tom's sister.

Occupation: Dock Porter / Stevedore
Manager of the Cinema DeLuxe, Newhaven, during the 2nd World War.

First World War: served 4 years and 5 months with the Royal Sussex Regiment, 91st Labour Company.
Rank & No. Corporal 638835 Spent 1 year & 5 months "in the field"
Presented with Medals and was mentioned in Dispatches.
Hospitalised July 1916 - Queen Mary Ward, 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol
- shrapnell or bullet wound.
His medals were kept by his son, Tom Richard Woolgar and when Tom R. Woolgar died his son John Woolgar took them home
to sort and clean them. As John had no issue he wanted them to be given to Tom Pollard Woolgar's great grandson Tony Willer (grandson of Dorothy Kate Woolgar and son of Barbara Dorothy Allen) but unfortunately there was a burglary at John Woolgar's home and the medals were amongst the things that were stolen.

Tom Pollard Woolgar married Mary Ann Blackman - known as Polly

Tom Pollard Woolgar and his wife Mary Ann lived in Newhaven and then after the First World War settled in South Heighton, a village on the outskirts of Newhaven, East Sussex. They had four children, namely:-

James Alfred Woolgar
Albert William Woolgar
Dorothy Kate Woolgar
Tom Richard Woolgar
1903 - 1974
1906 - 1974
1907 - 1950
1913 - 1991
"The Woolgar's Entertain"
Tom Pollard Woolgar and his wife Mary Ann

photograph taken in 1943


Golden Wedding Celebrations


Diamond Wedding Celebrations


A family celebration was
arranged by their Grandaughter,
Barbara Dorothy, to celebrate
their Diamond Wedding
(cake made by Barbara Dorothy
and iced/decorated by our dear
family friend Doris Frost)
July 1962


Diamond Wedding Celebrations - July 1962
  This photograph was taken at the family celebration.

It shows Tom and Mary with their three sons and their
son-in-law, Herbert Charles Allen, husband of their
daughter Dorothy Kate who had sadly died some
12 years beforehand.

from left to right:-

Tom Richard Woolgar / Herbert Charles Allen
Tom Pollard Woolgar / Mary Ann (nee Blackman)
James Alfred Woolgar / Albert William Woolgar

Tom Pollard Woolgar died suddenly on the 5th October 1964 at his home, 9 Portland Terrace, South Heighton, East Sussex.
He was cremated at Brighton Crematorium and his ashes were scattered at St. Mary's Church, Tarring Neville, East Sussex.

Tom's wife Mary Ann Woolgar, nee Blackman, died just 4 weeks later on the 2nd November 1964.

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