Oliver William Redgate, the son of Oliver and Annie Redgate, joined the
Royal Naval Air Service on 3 February 1917. Flight Officer Redgate received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 4579 on a Caudron biplane at Royal Naval Air Station, Redcar on 30 March 1917. Posted to 9 Naval Squadron, he scored 16 victories
flying the Sopwith
Camel before he was wounded in the leg during a fight with Fokker DR.Is on 15 May 1918.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lt. (Hon. Gapt.) William Oliver Redgate.
On an occasion during the past two months when leading an offensive patrol of five machines, he observed an enemy formation of twelve aeroplanes attacking another formation of our scouts. He at once led his patrol to the aid of our second patrol, and as he approached it two enemy scouts dived at him. By skilful piloting he placed himself behind one of these machines and, diving on it, drove it to destruction. Capt. Redgate has accounted for seven enemy machines in all, and displays enterprise and courage on all occasions."