Photograph courtesy of Russell.
Born: 23rd June 1915, Ipswich.
Died: 29th February 1944; age: 28; Anzio Beach Landings.
Residence: 363, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.
Occupation: Builder’s Labourer.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5831616.
Regiment: Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) – Infantry. 2/5th Battalion
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George & Lily Woodley; husband of Elsie May Woodley, of Ipswich.
Father: George William Woodley, born 1885, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire – died in the First World War on the 7th September 1917, age 32, at 341, Bramford Lane, Ipswich. Served 12 years & 344 days as a Private, Service Number 6108, for the Suffolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion.
Mother: Lily May Woodley (nee Jessop), born July 1888, Ipswich.
In 1934, Ipswich, Alfred married Elsie May Topple, born May 1911, Suffolk.
They had 2 daughters:
Janet Woodley, born New Year’s Day, 1939, Ipswich.
Kathleen Woodley, born 1941, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.
Alfred was a Builder’s Labourer. He and Elsie and their baby daughter, Janet were living at their family home – 363, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.
The Anzio landings commenced on 22nd January 1944 on the west cost of Italy Known as “Operation Shingle” Taking the two coastal town Anzio and Nettuno, Just 40+ miles west of Rome the capital city. The Italian campaign had come to a halt, hampered by mountain terrain and layers of fortified German and Axis positions known as the Gustav Line. It had been decided to leapfrog around the coast setting up new beachheads, out flanking the German positions.
The Amphibious assault was a great success on the first few days, by midnight, 36,000 soldiers and 3,200 vehicles had landed on the beaches consisting of US and allied forces, but failed to push deep inland choosing to hold back, for more troops to be landed before moving. By January 24th the Germans had moved over 40,000 troops into the area and surrounded the beachhead. Shelling the Allied forces trapped in a small area, low laying flooded terrain held up the breakout. Fierce fighting continued until June when the Allied forces finally broke out from the beachhead taking Rome on the 4th of June.
Ipswich have long historical links with the Italian coastal town of Nettuno, Ipswich’s Borough Council have a “Cooperation”( Twinning) link.