The Airmen's Stories - F/Lt. C L Page
Cyril Leslie Page was born on 20th October 1916, the son of CH Page, Ye Olde Cottage, Sherborne, Dorset, later of Hove, Sussex.
He attended Sherborne Preparatory School and then Sherborne School (Abbeylands House) from September 1930 to July 1934.
He flew civil aircraft before joining the RAF on a short service commission in April 1935. Page was posted to 2 FTS Digby on 7th May and on completion of the course he joined the staff at the School of Army Co-operation at Old Sarum.
Page next went to 16 (Army Co-operation) Squadron there on 21st June 1938. He married Barbara Mary Rowland on 14th October 1939 in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
He was serving with 234 Squadron at St. Eval in early July 1940, moved to 145 Squadron on the 16th but then rejoined 234 Squadron, then at Middle Wallop, on the 19th as 'A' Flight Commander.
Page was posted away to No. 1 School of Army Co-operation at Old Sarum on 21st November 1940.
He was released from the RAF in 1947 as a Squadron Leader.
Postwar Page worked for the BBC 1947-1976 and was Controller of Personnel at BBC Television 1949-1976.
He was awarded an OBE in 1965.
Retiring in 1976, Page went on to be a Member of Council at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School 1975-1989.
He died in December 2003 in Slough, Berkshire.
Additional research courtesy of Sherborne School Archives.