Born: 1888, Ipswich.

Died: 6th April 1918; age 30; Died of Wounds.

Residence: Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 19th August 1914 – France.

Rank: Driver; Service Number: T/30460

Regiment: Army Service Corps.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Grave Reference:


St. Sever Cemetery Extension,







1891   41, John Street, Ipswich.


Bertie was 3 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

Samuel Woods, 38, a Moulder – Iron Foundry, born Manchester, Lancashire.

Mary Ann Woods (nee Alderton), 31, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Woods, 8, born Ipswich.

Agnes Maud Woods, 5, born Ipswich.

Alice Lily Woods, 1, born Ipswich.


1901   St. John’s Home for Boys & Girls, Freehold Road & Bloomfield Street, Ipswich.


Bertie was 13 years old, an Inmate with his 11 year old, sister Alice.


Bertie’s mother, Mary Ann Woods, died 1892, Ipswich.

Bertie is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich, St. Matthews Church Memorial, Ipswich.

St John’s Children’s Home

A separate home for pauper children was first proposed by Ipswich Union in around 1870. This was an unusual step for non-metropolitan unions at this time, and may have been the result of space shortage at the Great Whip Street workhouse. Plans were produced in 1871 and 1873 for a long building with a central block flanked by separate wings containing boys’ and girls’ accommodation. The building, eventually erected at Bloomfield Street in 1879, accommodated 80 boys and 50 girls. The boys were taught to work on the land, and in tailoring and shoe-making. The girls were taught needlework and other household skills to equip them for domestic service. A small infirmary was later added.

Army Service Corps

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