William is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

Born: 1868, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

Baptised: 31st May 1868, at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich.

Died: 5th May 1921; age: 54; from the effects of a hospital operation at Ipswich.

Residence: 55, Alexandria Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Corset Maker at Messrs. Footman Pretty & Co’s Corset Factory, Tower Ramparts, Ipswich.

Enlistment Date: 3rd April 1908.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914 – France.

Discharged – sickness – 14th September 1916 – Silver War Badge – 100666.

Rank: Sergeant/Master Cook; Service Number: 158.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

Formerly Royal Horse Artillery.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.

Laid to rest Tuesday, 10th May 1921.

Grave Reference:

Ipswich Old Cemetery,



1871   56, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

William was 4 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

Henry Woods, 298, a Labourer, born Bredfield, Suffolk.

Mary Ann Woods (nee Brundish), 27, born Mendlesham, Suffolk.

Henry Herbert Woods, 3, born Ipswich.

Frederick Ernest Woods, 1, born Ipswich.

George Edward Woods, 1 month, born Ipswich.

1881   Suffolk Reformatory School, Thorndon, Suffolk.

William was 14 years old, and an Inmate, placed by the courts, at the reformatory school for boys.

1891   55, Alexandria Road, Ipswich.

William was 25 years old, a Labourer – Quay Porter. He was married and living with his wife at her parents home, with his sister-in-law & brother-in-law & niece.

Hart French Holland, 63, a Labourer – Corn Porter, born Ipswich.

Emma Ann Holland (nee Beecroft), 53, born Stadbroke, Suffolk.

Emma, 27, a Stay Maker – Dress.

John Kelsall, 24, Army – 40th Battery, born Widnes, Lancashire.

Lilia Kelsall (nee Holland), 25, a Stay Maker – Dress, born Ipswich.

Maud Florence Kelsall, 1, born Ipswich.

1 boarder.

1901   55, Alexandria Road, Ipswich.

William was 36 years old, a Corset Maker – Stay. He was married and Head of the Household.

Emma, 37, a Forewoman – Corset Factory – Stay.

Emma Holland, 62, a widow.

1911   55, Alexandria Road, Ipswich.

William was 42 years old, a Corset Maker. He was married and Head of the Household.

Emma, 44, a Forewoman – Corset Factory.

Emma Holland, 73, a widow.

In 1887, Ipswich, William married Emma Ann Holland, born 1867, Ipswich.

Henry was a member of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes.

13th May 1921 – Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury.


The funeral took place at the Ipswich Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, amid widespread testimony of respect and sorrow, of Sergt. William Henry Woods, late of the 4th Suffolks, whose death occurred on Thursday last. The deceased, who was 54 years of age, was originally in the Royal Horse Artillery, but since taking his discharge from that arm had been connected with the old Volunteers and the Territorial Force. When war broke out in 1914 he was called up, and he went to France with the 4th Suffolks in November of that year in France, and was invalided home in May, 1917, being discharged as unfit for duty.

Sergt. Woods had been employed for a number of years at Messrs. Footman, Pretty and Co.’s, corset factory in Tower Ramparts, but having been in ill-health since his discharge he had during the past twelve months only been able to follow his occupation spasmodically, and about a month ago he had to go into hospital for an operation from the effects of which he never recovered.

The remains were interred with full military honours, the coffin, covered with the Union Jack, on which were laid deceased’s cap and belt, being borne from the house, 55, Alexandria Road, to the cemetery on a gun-carriage, drawn by six black horses, with riders, these being supplied by the Royal Field Artillery from Ipswich Barracks, by permission of the Officer Commanding. A firing party, under Sergt. Plant, and bearers were supplied by the 4th Suffolks and the R.A.M.C. acted as wreath-bearers.

Amongst the mourners were Colonel Frank Pretty, T.D., Major Campbell (Adjutant), D.S.O., M.C., Major Milbourn, M.C., Capt. Harold Hooper, M.C., Capt. Rice, R.-S.-M. Croote, R.-Q.-M.-S. Aldous, etc., whilst there were a large following of members of the R.A.O.B., with which deceased had long been associated, among the members of that body being Knight G. Osborne, Primos Garnham, Garrad, Askew, Penny, and Alexander, and Brothers Lord, Haddock, Hodgkiss, Berry, Norton, and Paulisky.

The family mourners were the widow, Mr. F. Woods (brother), Mrs. Whatling (sister), Mr. G. Woods and Mr. A. Woods (brothers), Mrs. G. Woods, Mrs. H. Woods, Mrs. F. Woods, and Mrs. L. Kemball (sisters-in-law), Mr. W. Whatling (brother-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. S. Thurkettle (nephew and niece), Mr. and Mrs. Nunn, Mr. J. Orford, Mrs. Norton, Mrs. Paulisky, and Mrs. Berry.

The service in the chapel was conducted by the Rev. H.J. Galley, of Bethesda Chapel, whilst the impressive R.A.O.B. burial service was read out by Knight Osborne, P.G.P., funeral marshal. After the members had formed the broken link, the customary volleys were fired over the grave and the “Last Post” was sounded. The remains were enclosed in a coffin of polished oak, with brass fittings, the breastplate bearing the inscription: “William Henry Woods, died May 5th 1921, aged 54 years.”

Floral tributes were sent by the widow, Brother Albert and Sister Florrie, Brother Fred and Lizzie, Sister and Brother-in-Law (Mr. Whatling), George and Mary, officers, warrant officers, N.C.O.’s, and other ranks of his old Battalion, Lieut.-Col. and Mrs. W. Tertius Pretty, W. Pretty and Sons’ cutting department, Sergt. Major and Mrs. Paulisky, Mr. and Mrs. Wiseman and Mr. W.H. Laughlin, Mr. L. and J. Kensall, Mr. and Mrs. Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Nunn (Levington), Mr. and Mrs. Farrow and family, Maud and Tom Bernard, Little Vera and Jackie, W. Gardiner, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. Willis and Sons, and Mr. and Mrs. F. Croome.

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