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Name Wilfred John Marshall Woodcock
Date/Place of Birth 15 Apr 1886 / 84 St John's Road, Upper Holloway, Islington
Parents' Names Alfred Marshall Woodcock; Anges Jane (nee Kinch)
Father's Occupation/Location Plumber; Upper Holloway
Father's Death/Incapacity Laryngitis
Admitted to AO 21 Aug 1891 (Aged 5)
Admission No 4758
Left OWS&AO 19 Jun 1900 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence Clerk, Solicitors office. Clerk, Marine Insurance
Enlistment Location London
Service/Rank/Number Army; L/Cpl; 3847
Battalion/Regiment 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Killed/Death 26 Sept 1916 (Aged 30)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry France; Thiepval Memorial
Memorial Reference Pier and Face 8C, 9A and 16A
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
Wilfred John Marshall was born to Alfred and Agnes Woodcock on 15 April 1886 at Islington in Middlesex. Wilfredís father died in 1890 and Alfred was admitted to the Alexandra Orphanage on 21 August 1891, aged 5. Alfredís younger brother, Archibald Leonard, was admitted to the Orphan Working School six years later in 1897. Wilfred left the Orphan Working School in June 1900, having reached the age of fourteen. At the time of the 1901 Census, Wilfred is working as a Clerk in a solicitorís office and living in Islington. The 1911 Census shows him still living in Islington, with his mother, a sister and one of his brothers. Wilfred volunteered for military service in London. He was attached to 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) and went to the Western Front on 28 December 1915. L/Cpl Woodcock was killed in action on 26 September 1916, aged 30. His sacrifice is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, between Albert and Bapaume, in France, together with 72,000 others who died in the Battle of the Somme, between July and November 1916, and who have no known grave.
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