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.
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.
Thomas Woodcock's medals on display at Irish Guards RHQ, London (Thomas Stewart).
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
PLOT IV, ROW F, GRAVE 3
War Illustrated, 10th November 1917
Woodcock Walk, Wigan