William Henry Woodcock (1890‒1918)
William Henry Woodcock was born on 6 April 1890, the son of William Thomas Woodcock, postman, and Annie Woodcock (née Turner), of 10 Mill Street (in the Mill Road area, off Covent Garden), Cambridge. His parents had married in Cambridge on 12 December 1887. William Henry was their first surviving child; he had a sister, Maud Winifred (c.1897‒), and another sibling who died young.
By 1911, William Henry was a college servant at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He first joined the Cambridgeshire Regiment (private 2992), and later the East Yorkshire Regiment (private 220483). By 1917 he was with the 4th Battalion, stationed at Scotton Camp Hipswell (Catterick, North Yorks). On 12 December 1917 he married Victoria Maud Johnson (born 22 October 1890), aged 26, of 15 George Street, Chesterton, daughter of Robert John Johnson, fishmonger, and Louisa Johnson.
William Henry died of wounds sustained in action while serving with the 1st Battalion East Yorks in northern France on 27 April 1918. Commemoration of his death is recorded on the Tyne Cot Memorial, panel 47 to 48 and 163A, and was also added to his parents’ grave in either 1935 or 1947.
His wife Victoria got married again in Cambridge in April/June 1921, to Harold Victor Trott of Sutton, Surrey, railway servant, and the couple seem to have moved to Surrey. At her death in Oct/Dec 1959, she was living at 38 Benhill Avenue, Sutton, Surrey. Her will left effects worth £471 0s. 4d. to Harold.
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Parish : St Paul
Census reports 1891‒1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837‒1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837‒1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837‒1915
Soldiers died in the Great War 1914‒1918 Transcription
Spalding’s Street Directories of Cambridge 1887‒1940
Commonwealth War Graves Commission http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/875698/
Cambridgeshire Baptisms Transcription
Cambridgeshire Banns Transcription
By Ian Bent