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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- George Leopold Woodford -

Unknown person Name : George Leopold Woodford

Son of Andrew Woodford and Selina Woodford (née Coombes) of Bonchurch.

Born 1884 Bonchurch, Isle of Wight.

Married 1911, Ethel May Whittington, at St Boniface Church, Bonchurch.
  Census information :

1891 : Andrew and Selina Woodford, with their children including George aged 6, are at Bakers Shop, The Village, Bonchurch. Andrew Woodford is an Omnibus driver.

1901 : Andrew and Selina Woodford, with their children including George aged 16, are at Pond View, Bonchurch. Andrew Woodford is an Bus driver. George Woodford is a Grocer's shop assistant.

1911 : George Woodford, aged 26, is a Boarder with the Butler family at Oxford Cottage, Dennett Road, Bembridge. He is a Domestic servant.

  Service Details :

Serjeant 594 George Leopold Woodford, 1/8th Bn Hampshire Regiment (Isle of Wight Rifles).

Casualty Details :

Died : 13 August 1915, aged 31.

Commemorated at : Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, TurkeyCWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Bembridge War Memorial
Bembridge Holy Trinity Church War Memorial panels
Bembridge Roll of Honour
Bonchurch War Memorial
Bonchurch St Boniface (New) Church Pulpit War Memorial
Bonchurch St Boniface (New) Church Roll of Honour
Isle of Wight Rifles War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle
Isle of Wight Rifles War Memorial, Drill Hall, Newport
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle

George Woodford is named in the IW Football Association Roll of Honour
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Friday, September 3, 1915 Page 5

Bonchurch Man Killed at The Dardanelles.
News has been received that Sergt. G. Woodford, of the I.W. Rifles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Woodford, of Bonchurch, has been killed in action in the Dardanelles. Woodford, who was well known in Ventnor, was employed as a gardener at Bembridge before enlisting. His death is an especially severe blow to the family, as his mother is lying seriously ill. A member of the R.A.M.C. writes to his home as follows: - Am sorry to say we have lost one of the "old boys" in poor George Woodford. He had been doing splendid work up in the front trench with his machine gun, and was shot by a sniper clean in the forehead. Fortunately the shot killed him instantly. This is an extremely hard country for campaigning. After I have seen what we have had to put up with, I say that every man able to hold a gun and march, should be made to take his share in some part of the war work, and also the same with the women, who should be made to do their share, so as to relieve the men as much as they are able. That is the only way to put the word "Finis" at the end of this campaign in a reasonable time.


Friday, September 10, 1915 Page 5

MRS. G. WOODFORD, of Bembridge, and MR. and MRS. WOODFORD, of Bonchurch, desire to express their sincere thanks for all kind sympathy and letters received in their sad bereavement.


Friday, August 11, 1916
Page 2

WOODFORD. - In ever loving memory of Sergt. G.L. Woodford, of I.W. Rifles, killed in action, August 13th, 1915, the beloved husband of Ethel Woodford, Bembridge, and youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Woodford, Bonchurch.
At God's command he fell,
He had no chance to bid none of us farewell,
Death came to him without a warning given,
And bid him haste to meet his God in heaven.
"In the midst of life we are in death."


Friday, August 10, 1917 Page 3

In loving memory of our dear son, Sergt. George Woodford, I.W. Rifles, killed in action at Gallipoli, August 13th, 1915. - "Never forgotten by his sorrowing father and mother."


Friday, May 17, 1918 Page 1

Bonchurch is paying its share of the grim toll of war. No less than six men from the village have made the supreme sacrifice, and it is a curious coincidence that all those who have fallen bore the Christian name of George, namely: George Hitchman, George White, George Hastings [1], George Russell, George Woodford, and George Harbourne.

[1] this should be George Sterling
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for additional newspaper research
  Page status :
Page last updated : 27 September 2013 (added further newspaper piece)


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