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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Courtney Frank Woodford -

Unknown person Name : Courtney Frank Woodford.

Son of Walter Frank Woodford and Emily Woodford (née Mew), of Denham Cottage, Chale, Isle of Wight.

Born 1894, Chale. Baptised 1 July 1894.

  Census Information :

1901 : Walter and Emily Woodford, with Courtney aged 6, are at Blythes, Chale. Walter Woodford is a Horsekeeper at a Posting Establishment.

1911 : Courtney Woodford, aged 16, is a Servant, a Groom / Houseboy, with the Cox family at 320 Burton Road, Derby.
Walter and Emily Woodford are at Denhams, Chale. Walter Woodford is a Gardener (Domestic).

  Service details :

Corporal 2844 Courtney Frank Woodford, 1/4th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Courtney Woodford attested for service on 2 September 1914, giving his residence as Barkby Hall. [Where presumably he was in service with the Pochin family]. He was 5 ft 10½ in tall.

Appointed Lance Corporal on 1 November 1915, Promoted Corporal on 20 January 1916.

[His Service records survive, but give little further information]
  Casualty Details :

Died : 2 April 1916 aged 21

Buried at : Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St. Eloi, France

CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Carisbrooke Castle County War Memorial Panel 14
Chale War Memorial
Chale School War Memorial
Chale St Andrew's Church Parish Roll of Honour

  Documents :


Saturday, April 22, 1916 Page 3

Mr. and Mrs. Woodford, of Denhams, Chale, have been officially notified that their only son, Courtney, has been killed in the trenches. Soon after war broke out the deceased joined the 4th Leicestershires. In February, 1915, he went to the Western front, and for a long time seemed to bear a charmed life death missing him on several occasions by a hair's breadth. He was only wounded once, and on that occasion the periscope he was using was smashed, and he received injuries to the face which necessitated a short stay in hospital. He was in the attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt, and was one of the few to escape injury on that occasion. Death claimed him on April 2nd, when he was shot by a sniper. His captain in a letter to his parents, says: "He has been a most excellent soldier, absolutely fearless, always cheery, and a great asset to the company."


Saturday, April 29, 1916 Page 1

Killed in Action, &c.
WOODFORD. - shot by a sniper in France, April 2nd, Corpl. C.F. Woodford, Leicestershire Regiment, only son of W. Woodford, of Chale, aged 21.

Page 3

Corpl. C.F. Woodford, Leicestershire Regiment, aged 21, only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Woodford, of Chale, has been killed on the western front, having been shot by a sniper on April 2nd.

  Further Information :

Hohenzollern Redoubt (Wikipedia)
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research
  Page status :
Page last updated : 6 July 2013 - added to website


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