fonds GB 0210 WOOLLEY - Geoffrey Woolley Papers

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Geoffrey Woolley Papers


  • 1922-2010. (Accumulation)
  • c.1750-2010. (Creation)

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0.144 m3 (16 small boxes).

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Biographical history

Geoffrey Downing Woolley, born 29 June 1915, the son of William Downing Woolley of Rhyd Hall, Tredegar, co. Mon., colliery manager, and Gladys Parry his wife. Woolley was educated at Brean House, Clifton College and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he read English and law. He worked on the Monmouthshire Beacon newspaper in 1938, and the Western Mail, before joining the Times of London in May 1939. A member of the London Welsh Territorials, he transferred to the Royal Artillery in 1939, serving first with 303 Battery, 99th (London Welsh) H.A.A. Regiment, 1939-1940, transferring to 118 Battery, 75th Anti-Tank Regiment, and serving with them through France, Belgium and Netherlands into Germany, ending the war in Schleswig-Holstein. In May 1945 he transferred to a staff job as PA to the Administrative & Quartering Brigadier in the Schleswig-Holstein District, based in Plön Castle, and was demobilised in 1946. Returning to the Times newspaper, he was their Washington DC correspondent, 1948-1952, and was in Germany in 1953. Woolley and his partner Ian Mylles entered into a civil union in 2007. He died 17 Feb. 2010.
Obituaries include the Times,!topic/alt.obituaries/AWAAoaF1YEY, the Independent,, and the Edward Thomas Fellowship newsletter, no. 64 (Aug. 2010).

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Purchased from Ian Mylles of Alfriston, Geoffrey Woolley's civil partner, per John Byrne, October 2015.

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Arranged into five series: correspondence (L), diaries (D), writings (W), other personal papers (P), and collected material (C).

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Disgwylir i ddarllenwyr sydd am ddefnyddio papurau modern yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru gydymffurfio â Deddf Gwarchod Data 1998 yng nghyd-destun unrhyw brosesu ganddynt o ddata personol a gasglwyd o gofnodion modern sydd ar gadw yn y Llyfrgell. Nodir y manylion yn yr wybodaeth a roddir wrth wneud cais am Docyn Darllen. = Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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A number of school, college athletics, war-time and portrait photographs and other pictures have been transferred to the NLW photographic collection and are now Photograph Book 6088. Papers relating to Woolley's career at the Times newspaper are held by the Times archive.

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