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- Charles James Woodford -

unknown person Name : Charles James Woodford

Son of : Ephraim Woodford and Emily Woodford (née James) of Chale.

Born : 1882, Chale.

Married : 1917, Louisa Cotton, at St Peter's Church, Shorwell.
  Census information :

1891 : Ephraim and Emily Woodford, with their children including Charles aged 9, are at 6 East View, Chale Green. Ephraim Woodford is a Farm Labourer.

1901 : Ephraim and Emily Woodford, with their children (but not Charles), are at Bowcombe. Ephraim Woodford is an Agricultural Labourer

1911 : Ephraim and Emily Woodford, with their children including Charles aged 28, are at Bucks Gate, Kingston. Ephraim Woodford is a Farm Labourer, Charles Woodford is a General Labourer.

  Service Details :

Lieutenant Charles James Woodford, R.N.V.R., Drake Bn., Royal Naval Division.

(formerly Bristol Z/80 Chief Petty Officer R.N.V.R.)
  Casualty Details :

Died : 30 December 1917, aged 35.

Commemorated at : Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Chale War Memorial
Chale St Andrew's Church Roll of Honour
County War Memorial Carisbrooke Castle

He is also commemorated on his wife's headstone at St Andrew's Churchyard, Chale.
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Saturday, January 4, 1919 Page 8

In loving memory of Charles James Woodford, of Chale, captain of the R.N.V.R., D.S.M., who was killed in action December 30, 1917. He was one of the bravest and fought to the very last, and for over three years in hard fighting. He was mentioned in a despatch from Field-Marshall Sir Douglas Haig, and his name published in the third Supplement to the London Gazette, for his most gallant and distinguished services in the field. The King sent his high appreciation of his services. He was well loved by all who served under him and knew him. His duty nobly done till his last. Thank God he was one of our brave men who brought peace for England. - His loving wife, LOUISA WOODFORD.
  Further Information :

Details of his service career are to be found in the Royal Naval Division data held by Findmypast :

Service history:

Enlisted 3/10/14
Collingwood Battalion 'B' Company 2nd Platoon 4/2/15, transferred to Howe Battalion 8/6/15, promoted Temporary Sub Lieutenant at Cape Helles 15/11/15-22/2/16 to UK Leave & retained at Blandford
Draft for BEF 30/11/16, joined Drake Battalion 12/12/16-4/2/17 GSW left shoulder, Invalided to UK 8/2/17
Draft for BEF 29/5/17, joined Drake Battalion 6/6/17-30/12/17 Discharged Dead (wounded 4/11/17 & remained at duty).


MiD of GOC in C. MEF 22/9/15 (London Gazette 5/11/15):- "4/6/15 For meritorious work in reforming the Battalion during the assault, nearly all the Officers being killed or wounded."
DSM London Gazette 19/11/15 p.1158-9
MiD of C. in C. BEF dated 7/4/18 (London Gazette 20/5/18 page 5942)
A Labourer born 5/4/1884 [sic]
Next-of-Kin & home address: Mother, E., East View, Chale, Nr. Newport, Isle of Wight, later: Wife, Louisa, Atherfield, Chale, Nr. Newport, Isle of Wight.
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research.
  Page status :
Page last updated : 19 September 2012


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