Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronical & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1888, All Saints, Ipswich.

Died: 30th November 1917; age 29; KiA.

Re-Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 22578

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:

Panel 4.

Cambrai Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Walter Aaron & Phoebe Woods, of 67, Prospect Road, Ipswich; husband of Rose Ellen Moore (formerly Woods) of 20, Pauline Street, Stoke, Ipswich.






1891   11, Mason Street, Ipswich.


Robert was 2 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Walter Aaron Woods, 34, a Carpenter, born Ipswich.

Phoebe Woods (nee Sayer), 27, born Ipswich.

Walter Woods, 5, born Ipswich.

Harriett Phoebe Woods, 4, born Ipswich.

Herbert John Woods, 7 months, born Ipswich.


1901   11, Mason Street, Ipswich.


Robert was 12 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Walter, 44, a Carpenter.

Phoebe, 37.

Harriett, 14, a Day Girl – Domestic.

Herbert, 10.

Thirza Woods, 9, born Ipswich.

Edward Woods, 7, born Ipswich.

Charles Henry Woods, 4, born Ipswich.


1911   67, Prospect Street, Ipswich.


Robert was 23 years old, a Foundry Worker. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Walter, 54, a Carpenter – builder.

Phoebe, 48.

Harriett, 25, a Machinist – Upholsterer.

Herbert , 21, a Foundry Worker.

Thirza, 19, a Net Worker.

Edward, 17, a Blacksmith Labourer – Horticultural Supplies.

Charles, 15, an Errand Boy.

Richard Aaron Woods, 8, born Ipswich.

Walter Isaac Woods, 6, born Ipswich.


In 1916, Ipswich, Robert married Rose Ellen Grimwood, born 1888, Great Bricott, Suffolk.

Suffolk reg

During the Battle of Cambrai 20th November – 30th December the Germans counter attack, 30th November – 3rd  December 1917.

The 7th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment following the success of the opening of the Battle of Cambrai the 7th Battalion move back half a mile from the front, overlooking the Scheldt canal for a rest and were put into reserve following 3 weeks of fighting on the front line on the 29th of November. The Battle had been a success with the use of large tank formations which had crossed barb wire into the German lines and had caught the Germans by surprise. The tanks had crossed the Hindenburg line but had drawn to a halt with large gains of lands, most were knocked out or stuck in the mud. The 7th battalion in reserve had bivouacked in a sunken road with little cover or trenches to take shelter. Early in the morning of the 30th a heavy barrage commenced from the Germans followed by a mass attack by the Germans, with German planes over head dropping bombs and machine gunning the British lines. The 7th Battalion and the 12th Division were soon over run, out flanked and surrounded the men banded themselves together to fend off the attackers, making a stand around the headquarters at the Cheshire quarry. The battalion amounted 232 casualties.

Suffolk Regiment battalion movements


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