George Cyril Colmore

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George Cyril Colmore
Born(1885-09-14)14 September 1885
Hathern, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England
Died23 June 1937(1937-06-23) (aged 51)
Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
RankSquadron Commander

George Cyril Colmore (1885–1937) was an English aviator and the first Royal Naval Air Service officer to gain a Royal Aero Club Aviators Licence.

Military career[edit]

Colmore was born at Hathern, Leicestershire on 14 September 1885 and in 1901 he enrolled, aged 15, as an Officer Cadet at the Thames Nautical Training College (also known as HMS Worcester) in Dartford, Kent.[1] In 1910, at his own expense, he joined the Royal Aero Club and learned to fly at the Royal Naval Flying School, Eastchurch.[2] On 21 June 1910 he received Aviators Certificate No. 15 flying a Short biplane.[2] Following his success the RAeC approached the Admiralty offering to train further naval aviators.

In 1917 Colmore was promoted Squadron Commander in command of the Wormwood Scrubs Royal Naval Air Station.[3]


Colmore married Phyllis Isobel Fellowes (died 1963),[4] daughter of the late Captain Peregrine Fellowes[5] on 25 January 1911 at St Peter's Church, South Kensington although the couple divorced in May 1921 on grounds of adultery; they had two children.[3]


  1. ^ 1901 Census of Dartford, RG13/707, Folio 143, Page 7, George Cyril COLMORE, Thames Nautical Training H M S Worcester, River Thames Off Greenhithe.
  2. ^ a b "Spirit of the Air – Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore GCB DSO and the Riddle of the College Hall Keystone" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Decree Granted to a Wife. Colmore V. Colmore". Law. The Times. No. 42713. London. 6 May 1921. col F, p. 4.
  4. ^ "Marriages". Marriages. The Times. No. 39417. London. 31 October 1910. col A, p. 13.
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