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Also known as 'Frederick'. He was born about 1889, the youngest son of Edward Woods and Martha Jane Woods (nee Wyles). Both his parents were born in Old Fletton, Huntingdonshire, and were married at Glatton, Huntingdonshire, on 1 May 1871. By 1891 they were living in Nottingham at 24 Kings Meadow Road, Meadows, with the first five of their six children, Lucy (19), Ruth (16), Leonard (12), Ernest George (11) and Frederick (1), all of whom had been born in Nottingham. Also in the household in 1891 was a boarder, George Bishop (30). At this time Edward was a railway wagon builder, later a wagon painter. By 1901 the family had moved to 40 Briar Street, Meadows, then in the ecclesiastical parish of St Wilfrid (later the parish of St Faith). Only four children were in the household; Leonard, Ernest, Frederick and a third daughter, Lizzie (9), who had been born after the 1891 census. Frederick's mother, Martha, died aged 58 in 1908 (death registered Jan/Feb/Mar). By 1911 his widowed father and two of his children, Ernest and Lizzie, were living at 9 Gordon Terrace, Kinglake Street, Meadows. Frederick, who in 1911 would have been about 21 years old, has not been traced on the 1911 census. The notice of Fred's death in the local paper in December 1914 gave his address as 16 Essex Street. His father died in 1915 aged 69 (registered Jan/Feb/Mar).
01 Nov 1914
1564287 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in Nottingham
2nd Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Fred may have been in the regular army or a reservist/Territorial as he entered theatre on 10 August 1914. He was killed in action less than three months later. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. He qualified for the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 5 December 1914: ‘Woods. Killed in action November 1st, Fred Woods, KOYLI, son of Edward Woods.’ Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 18 December 1914: 'Private F Woods, KOYLI, 16 Essex Street, Nottingham, killed in action 1 November.'
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