Image courtesy of IWM.
Born: 1898, Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Died: 14th June 1917; age: 19; KiA – After being wounded in the leg, he was laid on a stretcher, but shortly after a shell burst right on him, causing immediate death.
Rank: Second Lieutenant/Cadet.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 3rd/2nd Battalion, No. 8. Officer Cadet Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Gazetted Second Lieutenant.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr. & Mrs. George Woodward, of White Hall, Old Newton, Stowmarket, Suffolk.
1901 Buces Farm, Mendlesham, Suffolk.
William was 3 years old and living with his parents & paternal uncle.
George Augustus Woodward, 30, a Farmer – employer, born Old Newton, Suffolk.
Agnes Emily Woodward (nee Turner), 30, born Stowmarket, Suffolk.
Henry Gordon Woodward, 17, a Farmer’s Assistant, born Old Newton.
1 general domestic servant.
1911 Eastward Ho College for Boys, Wolsey Terrace, Felixstowe, Suffolk.
William was 13 years old, a scholar and boarder. Private Headmaster – 41 year old, Bernard B. Thompson.
William was educated at Ipswich School – entered 1911.
Note: from Peter Clarke. William is remembered on the War Memorial in the Parish Cemetery at Old Newton, on the Roll of Honour in St Mary, Old Newton, on a separate War Memorial in St Mary, Old Newton, and on a War Memorial in the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Old Newton.
William is also remembered on a private brass plaque at St. Peter & St. Mary’s Church, Stowmarket, Suffolk and Ipswich School War Memorial.
The Ipswich School Magazine/ 162/June 1917:
“He had only been out there 5 weeks, part of which was spent at Calais. It was his first action, and he behaved splendidly, leading his men gallantly forward, until after capturing two trenches, he was wounded in the leg and compelled to stop. He was laid on a stretcher until means could be found to take him back to the dressing station, but shortly after a shell burst right on him, causing immediate death.”
The 2nd Battalion took over trenches near Monchy-le Preux preparation for the attack on Infantry Hill
On the 14th June 1917 at 07:30 a.m the attack was launched. within ten minutes Hook trench had been captured and a hour later the remainder of the trench system on the hill fell into our hands. After a certain slackening in the situation the enemy counter attacked at about five o’clock in the evening, the garrisons of Hook, Tool and Long trenches being subjected to a violent bombardment. Between June 13th-18th the casualties amounted to 250 men.
(extracts from the Suffolk regiments war diary.)
Suffolk Regiment, 3rd/2nd Battalion