Born: 22nd January 1895, 12, Redan Street, Ipswich
Died: 15th July 1916; age 21; KiA whilst leading his platoon against the Germans. Mortally wounded by machine guns, near Bazentin-le-Petit (River Somme), on the attack on High Wood.
Residence: ‘Ellingham’ Hatfield Road, Ipswich.
Occupation: an Accountant.
Date of Entry Therein: 30th May 1916 – France.
Original enlisted 1st December 1914 as a Motor Dispatch Rider. Gazetted 29th July 1915 – 2nd Lieutenant, Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion. He was only temporarily attached to the 98th Trench Mortar Battery, in connection with which he was killed.
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion – attached to the 98th Trench Mortar Battery.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Relatives Notified & Address: Eldest son of William Hunter Woods & Rosa M. Woods of ‘Ellingham’ 121, Hatfield Road, Ipswich.
Brother to HAROLD WALLACE WOODS.
1901 16, Redan Street, Ipswich.
Edward was 8 years old and living with his parents & brother.
William Hunter Woods, 33, a Coal Merchant – own account, born Walton, Suffolk.
Rosa Maria Woods ( nee Thurtell), 32, born Mettingham, Suffolk.
Harold Wallace Woods, 4, born 12, Redan Street, Ipswich.
1 domestic servant.
1911 121, Hatfield Road, Ipswich.
Edward was 16 years old, a Junior Clerk in Public Body – Ipswich Dock Commission. He was living with his parents & siblings.
William, 43, a Coal Merchant – own account.
Harold, 15, a Student.
Adelaide Anthea Muriel Woods, 6, born Ipswich.
1 domestic servant.
Edward was educated at Ipswich School – entered 1906. Member of the School’s O.T.C. Keen sportsman, and an excellent cricketer – Edward played in the School eleven at cricket.
After leaving school, Edward was a member of the Ipswich and East Suffolk Cricket Club.
Edward’s medals were sent to ‘Ellingham’ 121, Hatfield Road, Ipswich in February 1922.
DNW auction House: EDWARD & HAROLD’S MEDALS.
Auction of the medals held in December 2013. Sold for £430.
Pair: Second Lieutenant E. H. T. Woods, 4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, Killed in Action, in the attack on High Wood, Battle of the Somme, 15th July 1916
British War and Victory Medals (2 Lieut.)
Pair: Second Lieutenant H. W. Woods, 4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, killed in action, battle of the Scarp, 23rd April 1917
British War and Victory Medals (2 Lieut.) extremely fine £250-300
Edward is remembered at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Ipswich. Alter dedicated by his family.
The Somme offensive day 15
The battle of the Bazentin Ridge and the attack on High Wood.
The 4th Battalion the Suffolk’s 15th July 1916 regimental records:
While the 4th Battalion was moving through Becordel to the position between Fricourt and Mametz where they bivouacked during the night of July 14th-15th, the battle of the Bazentin Ridge was raging in all its fury. They were not destined, however, to remain long thus upon the fringe of the hostilities, and at dawn went out under the command of Major H.C.Copeman D.S.O on support the 1st Middlesex Regiment in an attack on Switch trench. After severe fighting, a line immediately in front of the Village of Bazentin-le-Petit was taken up and held for the remainder of the day. The casualties in the battalion, exceeding two hundred.
This is the highest death rate of the war for Ipswich. 17 men.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion