Image from 1915 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1886, Colchester, Essex.

Died: 13th August 1915; age 29; Died at Sea. Drowned Dardanelles, Aegean Sea, aboard ‘Royal Edward’, following torpedo attack by enemy submarine.

Residence: 32, St. Matthew’s Church Lane, Ipswich.

Employed: as a Printer for Messrs. Firman’s Sack Manufacturer. For 10 years before he was at the Ancient House, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich. James had served 6 years service in the Territorials, and re-joined a few months ago.

Date of Entry Therein: 11th August 1915 – Balkans.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 137

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, 54th (1st/1st East Anglian) Casualty Clearing Station.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 199 & 200 or 236 to 239.

Helles Memorial,

Turkey (including Gallipoli).


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs E.A. Woods, of 32, St. Matthew’s Church Lane, Ipswich.




1891   70, Mount Street, Ipswich.


James was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Woods, 34, a Shoe Maker, born Ipswich.

Emma Amelia Woods (nee Colson), 30, born Chelmondiston, Suffolk.

George William Woods, 9, born Ipswich.

Beatrice Woods, 7, born Ipswich.

Ada Louisa Woods, 2, born Ipswich.

Emma Amelia Woods, 6 months, born Ipswich.


1901   1, Tanners Lane, Ipswich.


James was 15 years old, a Printer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

George Woods, 42, a Boot Riveter.

Emma, 37.

Beatrice, 17, a Machinist.

Ada, 13.

Emma, 11.

Charles Woods, 9, born Ipswich.

Rachael Woods, 4, born Ipswich.


1911   32, St. Matthew’s Church Lane, Ipswich.


James was 24 years old, a Stationery Machine Minder. He was living with his mother & siblings.

Emma, 46.

Beatrice, 27, a Waitress – Restaurant.

Charles, 18, an Improver Bedstead Maker – Furniture Store.

Rachael, 14.


James’s 54 year old father, George was living with his 62 year old sister, Caroline Button, at Curriers Lane, Ipswich.


James was the sole support of his mother.


Soldiers’ Effects to Emma A. Woods – mother.

James is also remembered on St. Matthew’s Church memorial.


The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is part of the British Army providing medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. Together with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, the RAMC forms the British Army’s essential Army Medical Services. In combat the men followed the troops over the top into no man’s land suffering losses of 743 officers and 6130 soldiers killed, while delivering medical care to wounded exposed to enemy fire.

‘Royal Edward’


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