Photographs courtesy of Mrs. Josephine Hart.

Born: 1886, St. Peter’s, Colchester, Essex.

Died on or since death presumed: 21st March 1918; age 33; KiA.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 19th November 1904; Age: 18 years & 3 months; Occupation: Fitter; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 3 1/2, fair complexion blue eyes, dark brown hair.

Rank: Company Sergeant Major; Service Number: 8136;

Regiment: York & Lancaster Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War + Military Medal.


Memorial Reference:IMG_6758

Bay 8.

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



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1891   27, Castle Street, Ipswich.


James was 5 years old and living with his parents, siblings & cousin.

Albert Woods, 31, a Shoe Riveter, born Ipswich.

Emily Woods (nee Wardley), 25, born Ipswich.

Albert Woods, 3, born Ipswich.

Grace Woods, 1, born Ipswich.

Ellen West, 20, born Ipswich.


1901   3, Handford Road, Ipswich.


James was 15 years old, work on a press. He was living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Emily, 36, a Tailoress.

Albert, 13.

Grace, 11.

Caroline Woods, 8, born Ipswich.

Emily Woods, 5, born Ipswich.

Alice Woods, 2, born Ipswich.

1 domestic servant & 1 visitor.


1911   India.


James was 24 years old, a Soldier ranked Private of the York & Lancaster Regiment.


In 1915, South Shields, Durham, James married Elizabeth Wood Dodds, born 1890, Percy Main, Tynemouth, Northumberland. They had 2 children:

Cecil Woods, born 1916 – 1916 South Shields, Durham.

Irene Woods, born 1917, South Shields, Durham.


James’s father Albert Woods, died 1900, Ipswich.

james woods group

James Wood dead centre

York & Lancaster Regiment, 2nd Battalion

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