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  • Battlefield Cross, St John the Baptist, South Collingham (WMA 59007). Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2012)
Person Details
20 Oct 1888
Lincoln
Thomas Hugh Corbett Woolley was born at Lincoln on the 20th of October 1888 the eldest son of Reginald Smith Woolley FSA, a surveyor and land agent, and Nora Frances (nee Twentyman) Woolley of 12 Minster Yard, Lincoln. He was christened at St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Lincoln on the 17th of November 1888. Upon leaving school he became a Land Agent in his father’s firm, Messrs. Smith Woolley and Wigram of Collingham, Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire. He was married to Violet Joan (nee Tanner) at St Saviour's Church Walton Street in Chelsea on the 11th of September 1913; they lived at "The Cottage", Collingham. They had a daughter, Vera Joan, born on the 15th of November 1916. At the time of his death his widow was living at 40 Abingdon Road, South Kensington, London
He was educated privately at Folkestone and at Lancing College where he was in Heads House from September 1902 to December 1905. He served as a Lance Corporal in the Officer Training Corps.
27 Apr 1917
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Captain
  • MD MD Mentioned in Despatches
2/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Captain Thomas Hugh Corbett Woolley was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th Battalion Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment on the 30th of June 1906. He passed the examination for Captain in May 1907 but resigned his commission on the 26th of February 1910 due to ill health. Following the outbreak of war he rejoined his old battalion and assisted in training the men at their drill hall at Newark-on-Trent at his own expense. He applied for a commission in the 8th Battalion Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment on the 26th of October 1914 in an application which was supported by Colonel G.L. Foljambe, former Commanding Officer of the battalion. At a medical examination it was recorded that he was five feet seven inches tall. He was commissioned with the rank of Lieutenant on the 1st of September 1914 and was promoted to Captain on the 5th of November 1914.. He was one of the first officers appointed to the 2/8th battalion on its formation in Newark in September 1914. He was killed in action near Hargiecourt, France, and buried in the Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery Somme Grave Reference: I C28
Capt. Thomas Hugh C Woolley Retford Times 11 May 1917 Captain Thomas Hugh Corbett Woolley of the “Cottage” South Collingham has been killed in action. The gallant officer, who was the eldest son of Mr R S Wooley of Minster Yard, Lincoln and grandson of the late Mt T Smith-Woolley of Collingham, was 28 years of age and had held a commission in the Sherwood Foresters since September 1914. He was educated at Lancing College, and after training became a member of the firm of Messrs Smith-Woolley and Wigram, estate agents, Collingham of which his father is also a member. He had served in the County Battalion – the 8th Sherwood Forester Territorials – and when war broke out, re-joined the reserve battalion and went through the Irish Rebellion scathless. Early this year he went out to France and fell in the dawn of Friday April 27th in an attack on the German trenches.
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  • Battlefield Cross, St John the Baptist, South Collingham (WMA 59007). Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2012)
    Thomas Hugh Corbett Woolley - Battlefield Cross, St John the Baptist, South Collingham (WMA 59007). Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2012)
  • Battlefield Cross (detail), St John the Baptist, South Collingham (WMA59007). Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2012)
    Thomas Hugh Corbett Woolley - Battlefield Cross (detail), St John the Baptist, South Collingham (WMA59007). Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2012)