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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 19/03/1888 Wigan, Lancashire. d. 27/03/1918 Bullecourt, France.

 

Woodcock was 29 years old, and a private in the 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

 

VC ACTION

 

On 12/13 September 1917 north of Broenbeek, Belgium, when an advanced post had held out for 96 hours and was finally forced to retire, the lance-sergeant (John Moyney) in charge of the party and Private Woodcock covered the retirement. After crossing the stream themselves, Private Woodcock heard cries for help behind him - he returned and waded into the stream amid a shower of bombs and rescued another member of the party whom he carried across open ground in daylight towards our front line, regardless of machine-gun fire.

 

He was killed in action at Bullecourt, France, on 27 March 1918.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: IRISH GUARDS RHQ, LONDON.

BURIAL PLACE: DOUCHY-LES-AYETTE CEMETERY, FRANCE.

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Thomas Woodcock

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Thomas Woodcock's medals on display at Irish Guards RHQ, London (Thomas Stewart).

Douchy-les-Ayette British Cemetery

Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier

PLOT IV, ROW F, GRAVE 3

War Illustrated, 10th November 1917

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16th October 1917

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Woodcock Walk, Wigan

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Wigan, Lancashire