Born: 1876; All Saints, Ipswich.

Residence: Cranham, Essex.

Died: 10th July 1916; age 40; Died of Wounds at No. 1 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, from wounds received on the 3rd July in the great advance.

Enlistment Location: Warley, Essex.

Service: Arrived in France on the 2nd September 1915. Wounded during the Battle of Albert (1st – 13th July 1916) the opening phase of the battles of the Somme.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 17010

Regiment: Essex Regiment, 10th Battalion. 


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


St. Sever Cemetery,




image from 1916 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.

Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Elizabeth Woollard of Front Lane, Cranham, Upminster, Essex.


Served in the South African Campaign. His son Sidney James Woollard died on service in the 1939 – 1945 war.




1881   4, Richmond Road, Ipswich.


Thomas was 4 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Harriet Woollard (nee Abbott), 40, Laundress, born Whitton, Suffolk.

Ellen Woollard, 20, Laundress, born Whitton.

Ernest George R. Woollard, 8, born Bramford, Suffolk.

Arthur Herbert Woollard, 2 months, born Ipswich.


1891   72, Richmond Road, Ipswich.


Thomas was 17 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his widowed mother & brothers.

Harriett, 50, Laundress.

Ernest, 18, a General Labourer.

Arthur, 10.


1901   Cemetery Road, South Weald, Essex. (Army accommodation)


Thomas was 24 years old, a soldier. He was living with his wife.

Elizabeth Woollard (nee Hall), 21, born Cranham, Essex.


1911   Front Lane, Cranham, Essex.


Thomas was 34 years old, a Labourer at the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway. He was married & Head of the Household.

Elizabeth Woollard, 30.

Albert Arthur Thomas Woollard, 6.

Robert Ernest George Woollard, 3.


In 1899, in the Romford district, Thomas married Elizabeth Hall, born 1880, Cranham, Essex. They had 4 children:

Albert Arthur Thomas Woollard, born 1905, Brentwood, Essex.

Robert Ernest George Woollard, born 1907, Cranham, Essex.

Dorothy Eileen May Woollard, born 1913, Cranham, Essex.

Sidney James Woollard, born 1915, Cranham, Essex.


Thomas’s father was Thomas James Woollard, born 1836, Bentley, Suffolk – died 1876, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Elizabeth Woollard – widow.


Thomas is also remembered on the war memorial at All Saints Church, Cranham, Essex.


Essex Regiment, 10th Battalion

A poem written by Thomas:



“Somewhere” in France.

The following lines have reached me this week from Sergt. Woollard, of No. 2 Company, 10th Essex, serving “Somewhere in France.” They are entitled, “The Vacant Ranks,” and make a fine appeal to the Patriotism of the young manhood of England:-

On the road in stricken Flanders
There’s a place that’s vacant still;
There’s a rifle lying silent,
There’s a uniform to fill.
Those at home will hate to lose you,
But the march will soon begin –
On the roads thro’ stricken Belgium,
With “The Essex” to Berlin.

In your home securely resting
Are you there content to stay,
While the others guard your honour,
While the Germans boast “The Day?”
For your King and Country need you
And we want to count you in –
On the roads thro’ stricken Belgium,
With the Allies to Berlin.

When at length the foe is vanquished,
When the boys come home at last,
Won’t you wish that you had listened
‘Ere old England’s need had passed?
But the gate of manhood’s open,
You your part can still begin –
On the roads thro’ stricken Belgium,
With the Allies to Berlin.

In the lonely wayside graveyards
Sleep the boys whose day is done:
Don’t you hear the voices calling,
To complete their work begun?
There are ghostly fingers beck’ning,
There are vict’ries yet to win
On the roads thro’ stricken Belgium,
With the Allies to Berlin.

When from Mons they fought each footstep
When their lips with pain were dumb,
‘Twas their hope which held the trenches,
Always thinking you would come:
Thro’ the frozen hell of winter,
Thro’ the shrapnel’s racking din –
They have waited, never doubting,
That you’d join them to Berlin.

From the Essex Weekly News.

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