image 1917 Chronicle newspaper


Born: 7th September 1896, 12, Redan Street, Ipswich.

Died: 23rd April 1917; age 20; KiA – during the battle of the Scar, The regimental history records, ‘… Part of ‘D’ Coy., having been cut off, withdrew across country in rear of the support trench, where 2 Lt. H. W. Woods was killed.’

On the outbreak of the war Harold joined the Suffolks with several old schoolfellows. A bad attack of bronchitis in the early Spring of 1915 prevented him going to Gallipoli. He was given a commission in January 1916, and at the end of July went to France, where he saw considerable fighting.

Date of Entry Therein: 26th July 1916 – France.


Rank: 2nd Lieutenant; Service Number: 2198

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment: 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:

B. 69.

Cojeul British Cemetery,

St. Martins-Sur-Cojeul,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Hunter Woods & Rosa M. Woods of ‘Ellingham’ 121, Hatfield Road, Ipswich.






1901   16, Redan Street, Ipswich.


Harold was 4 years old and living with his parents & brother.

William Hunter Woods, 33, a Coal Merchant – own account, born Walton, Suggolk.

Rosa Maria Woods (Thurtell), 32, born Mettingham, Suffolk.

Edward Hunter Thurtell Woods, 8, born 12, Redan Street, Ipswich.

1 governess & 1 domestic servant.


1911   121, Hatfield Road, Ipswich.


Harold was 15 years old, student. He was living with his parents & siblings.

William, 43, a Coal Merchant – own account.

Rosa, 42.

Edward, 16, a Junior Clerk in Public Body – Ipswich Dock Commission.

Adelaide Anthea Muriel Woods, 6, born 121, Hatfield Road, Ipswich.

1 visitor & 1 domestic servant.


Harold attended Ipswich School. He was a member of the School O.T.C. Harold was an all-round athlete, especially at cricket, football and boxing.


Rosa applied for her late son’s medals in February 1922.


Harold’s Victory & British War medals were sent to his mother, Rosa at ‘Ellingham’ 121, Hatfield Road, Ipswich on the 27th February 1922.

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