Tributes to proud Chelmsford RAF veteran banished from Poland

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Chelmsford antenna designer Edmund Wergiliusz Woloszczuk passed away on Wednesday, April 23, aged 87

The Essex Chronicle newspaper has published a tribute to the Marconi antenna designer who was born in August 1926 into a farming family in Łuck, Poland (later annexed by the Soviet Union the city is now known as Lutsk in the Ukraine).

On September 17, 1939 the Soviet Union invaded Poland. The Soviets gave 13 year-old Edmund 20 minutes to leave home and he was ordered onto a train to Siberia.
In the months that followed, refugees stole food from passing farms, would go to the toilet in a hole in the corner of a carriage and the dead were thrown on to the tracks.

Edmund later enlisted with the Polish army, being shipped to Iran, Iraq and Palestine, before enlisting in the RAF.

When he was finally demobbed from the RAF in 1953 he joined Marconi in New Street, Chelmsford and later worked at the Marconi site in Great Baddow, Chelmsford, gaining over 30 antenna patents, until his retirement. He never traveled outside the UK as he didn't hold a passport.

Read the Essex Chronicle story at

His antenna patents can be seen at


Edmund's son Julian became a member of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) and regularly attended meetings during his teens in the 1970's.

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