1891- 1918
Cyril Edgar Foggin
  FOGGIN, Cyril Edgar.
     4, Richmond Villas, S.Gosforth, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Born    2nd November, 1891, at Newcastle-on-Tyne
Nationality    British
Rank of Profession   Aviator
Certificate taken on Bleriot Monoplane
At    The Eastbourne Aviation School, Eastbourne
Date    29th October, 1912
RAeC no.349
Collection of John Soulsby, 8-21-05

via email from John Soulsby, 8-21-05
Dear Ralph
CEF joined the RFC in 1914 and rose to the rank of Major , was wounded, but was killed in a car accident behind the western front, 30 July 1918 and is buried in France.
MF Glew, to whom he sold the D type Blackburn, married his youngest sister in 1922.
The rest of the story is at Shuttleworth - Old Warden. (See below)
Regards, John

RAF Career Summary
by Steve Brew
via email, 10-15-05
FOGGIN, Cyril Edgar, Maj., RFC/RAF; b. Newcastle-on-Tyne, NBL, 2 Nov. 1891; att. Eastbourne Avtn. Sch., Eastborne, 1912; lost control, FA, uninj., St. Anthony’s Hill, in Anzani-Blériot Monoplane, 24 Sep. 1912; RAC Cert. No. 349, on Anzani-Blériot Monoplane, 29 Oct. 1912; occ. Aviator; Flg. Off. (Temp. 2 Lt.), 28 Sep. 1915; Flt. Cdr., 1 Nov. 1916; 41 Sqdn. RAF, 10 Jul. 1918; Staff Officer, Capt. (Temp. Maj.), 13 Jul. 1918; killed in MVA, 30 Jul. 1918, aged 26; s. of William S. & Elizabeth J. Foggin of Richmond Villas, Haddricks Mill Rd., S. Gosforth, Newcastle-on-Tyne; bur. in Grave B.16, St. Riquier British Cem., Somme, France

London Times
25 September 1912
Collection of Steve Brew, 10-15-05
      At Eastbourne early yesterday morning Mr. Cyril Foggin, of Newcastle, was flying in an Anzani Blériot monoplane from the local aerodrome, where he had been under instruction, when he apparently lost control of the machine, which fell from a height of 60ft. on to the grass at St. Anthony's Hill. The monoplane was wrecked and Mr. Foggin fell on his head, but was so well protected by his safety helmet that he escaped unhurt.

     If you search for "Cyril Foggin", using the Google search engine, (4-21-05), you will find about four links, only two of which are very helpful.

1912 Blackburn Type D Monoplane
     This page on the The Shuttleworth Collection website, offers "a unique flying collection showcasing the first one hundred years of flight," including the Blackburn Type D Monoplane. This particular plane was built to the order of Cyrill Foggin who first flew it in 1913. The following paragraph comes from the webpage.

     "The Collection's Blackburn monoplane was the seventh Mercury monoplane built. It was built in October 1912 to the order of Cyril Foggin, who learnt to fly at the Blackburn School at Hendon. It first flew in December 1912 in the hands of Harold Blackburn and was demonstrated by the company during the first part of 1913. Cyril Foggin first flew his new aeroplane on March 24 1913, but the aircraft was still used as a demonstration model by Blackburn. The aircraft was also used by Harold Blackburn to fly copies of the Yorkshire Post newspaper from Leeds to York between July 23-25 1913. The Blackburn Monoplane was then modified to have rounded wing tips and was fitted with a new design of undercarriage. It was then acquired by Montague Francis Glew, but he crashed the Blackburn at Wittering, Lincolnshire in 1914. The outbreak of the First World War led to the Blackburn being abandoned and forgotten."

     You can access the page by clicking on the title above. If time permits, I recommend that you visit the homepage by clicking on:

British Aviation
The Pioneer Years 1903-1914
Harald Penrose
Product Details
Unknown Binding: 308 pages
Publisher: Putnam, London, 1967.
Publisher: Cassell; Rev. ed edition (1980)
Used Copies: Occasionally available online.
ISBN: 0304302341
     Limited numbers of this book, used, are available online from time to time. It may also be found in a few, selected libraries. Lucky for us, Bob Davis has transcribed a few paragraphs from pages 440-441 which refer to Robert Blackburn. Selections from those pages can be read immediately below.

     Within the limits of finance which the little group of British aircraft companies could raise there was, very considerable initiative, though undirected to any common purpose except individual survival. As an example, the Blair-Atholl Aeroplane Syndicate had continued development of Dunne's tail-less machines at Eastchurch, managed by Dick Fairey on a shoe-string, and now succeeded in selling a constructional license to the French Astra Company. Similarly, Robert Blackburn, living from hand to mouth, had managed to sell one or two aeroplanes privately, and recently obtained an order for a fairly large single-seater monoplane for Cyril Foggin, a new enthusiast, and in its construction showed further early development, even though for cheapness there was reversion to wood construction."

       Cyril Edgar Foggin was killed in a car accident behind the western front, 30 July 1918 and is buried in France.
via email from John Soulsby, 8-21-05
If you have any more information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
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