Born: 1865, Kirtling, Cambridgeshire.
Baptised: 7th June 1865, Kirtling, Cambridgeshire.
Died: 26th December 1900; age: 35; Died of Disease at Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.
Residence: Mill End, Kirtling, Cambridgeshire.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 763.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.
Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.
1871 Pear Terrace, Cross Lane, Kirtling, Cambridgeshire.
William was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
John Woollard, 41, a Boot & Show Maker, born Kirtling.
Ann Woollard (nee Howlett), 37, born Newmarket, Cambridgeshire.
James Woollard, 18, a Labourer, born Newmarket.
Thomas Woollard, 13, a Labourer, born Kirtling.
Julia Woollard, 8, born Kirtling.
Susan Westley Woollard, 3, born Kirtling.
1881 Pear Terrace, Cross Lane, Kirtling, Cambridgeshire.
William was 14 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents, sisters & niece.
John, 50, formerly a Bootmaker.
Mary Saunders Woollard, 9, born Kirtling.
Sarah Ann C. Woollard, 7, born Kirtling.
1891 Sandpit, Akenheath, Suffolk.
William was 25 years old, a General Labourer. He and his father were visitors to his sister & brother-in-law and their family.
Aaron Palmer, 38, a General Labourer, born Lakenheath.
Agnes Palmer (nee Woollard), 37, born Newmarket.
Elizabeth Mary Palmer, 3, born Lakenheath.
Charles John Palmer, 6 months, born Lakenheath.
John Woollard, 61, a General Labourer.
In 1891, Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, William married Anne Simpkin, born 1870, Kirtling, Cambridgeshire.
They had 4 children:
William Percy Woollard, born July 1892, Kirtling.
Edith Alice Woollard, born 1894, Kirtling.
Harry Woollard, born 1896, Kirtling.
James Woollard, born 1898, Kirtling.
William & Anne’s son, Harry Woollard lost his life during the First World War. Harry was KiA on the 23rd April 1917. He was ranked a Private, service number 13266, for The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 1st Battalion. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. His mother, Annie Symonds, of Red House, Kirtling, Cambridgeshire was his next of kin.
One of the notable Battles with a large loss of Suffolk life was the “Battle of Suffolk hill” at Colesberg, Northern Cape 5th- 6th January 1900. The hill was originally called Red or Grassy Hill. The Suffolk regiment was ordered to make a night attack on a Boer position on the heights, four companies, 354 of all ranks, set out at midnight under the command of Col. Watson. The Suffolks were met by a storm of bullets. The Colonel was amongst the first to fall, and the party later retired with 11 officers and 150+ men killed, wounded or captured.